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Glucosamine/Chondroitin Declared Dead -- Again

Swiss researchers published the results from their careful analysis of the most credible clinical trials that have evaluated the efficacy of glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination in osteoarthritis.  Their publication appeared in the British Medical Journal online.  About at the same time Norwegian researchers published a well-done controlled trial of glucosamine in low back pain with lumbar osteoarthritis in the highly visible Journal of the American Medical Association.  Each analysis failed to show a positive benefit of these dietary supplements widely used by consumers with joint disease.  The efficacy of these dietary supplements has been the subject of controversy for decades and remains elusive.

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