GAIT Study

The recent GAIT study (Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial) checked out whether glucosamine supplementation would help pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. The answer is yes. For people with moderate to severe joint pain, glucosamine was just as effective as anti inflammatory drugs in reducing pain and symptoms. People in the States are realising what the Europeans have known for years. Glucosamine supplementation has been widely used in Europe for many many years, and with great success.

More research does need to be done for the FDA to approve Glucosamine as a prescription drug, however with little side effects (to be discussed in a later post) it seems as though it is a very useful and effective nutritional supplement (alongside regular exercise and strength training) for those with joint pain. As an athlete with minor knee problems, I use glucosamine, I felt the difference after about a month or so.

The evidence is there, not overwhelming as yet, a lot more long term studies are being undertaken to address more issues, however there are many positive reports from users of this supplement. We will discuss glucosamine as a aid to the treatment of osteoarthritis further in this blog. Its discussed in more detail and more scientific terms at Online Health Edge.