Thin, brittle bones can break without warning - one of the
most distressing complications associated with arthritis.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The
common misconception holds that the disease only affects the
elderly, but millions of young
people, including children, are also affected.
Previous research suggests that exercise and nutritional
factors can help fight arthritis by improving bone strength.
Further evidence of this potential nutritional role comes
from the Journal of Rheumatology, which published a
study evaluating the utility of chondroitin sulfate (CS)
in the management of osteoarthritis.
Chondroitin sulfate is the substance that gives cartilage
(the spongy portion of bone) its elasticity and fluidity,
suggesting its potential usefulness in influencing bone strength.
This study reviewed previous controlled trials of CS in the
treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), finding that:
- In seven reviewed trials, reported pain was only 57% of
original baseline scores in groups taking CS; and
- Patients taking CS reported reductions in consumption
of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and/or analgesics
compared to baseline.
The authors emphasize that their results require additional
support, but note that "There is evidence that chondroitin
sulfate can reduce pain and improve function in patients suffering
from osteoarthritis." If you or someone you know suffers from
arthritis, talk to your doctor about the potential benefits
of chondroitin sulfate.
Leeb FG, Scheweitzer H, Montag K, et al. A metaanalysis of
chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Journal
of Rheumatology, Jan. 2000: Vol. 27, pp205-211.
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