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The effectiveness and safety of glucosamine use

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  • While glucosamine sulfate has been studied for treatment of arthritis, there's no clinical evidence to support the use of N-acetyl glucosamine in treating arthritis;
  • While study results are mixed, glucosamine sulfate might be worth a try;
  • However, the combination therapy did not have enough evidence to be superior to placebo;
  • In supplement form, glucosamine is harvested from shells of shellfish or made in a lab;
  • Twenty-six articles describing 30 trials met our inclusion criteria and were included in the meta-analysis;
  • When considering glucosamine, read product labels carefully to make sure you choose the correct form.