Originally Posted by Raul_SJ
Under what circumstances and diagnosis would gluc/chondr be worth taking?
The impression I get from many doctors are that it has not been medically proven to help with anything.
Many doctors do not consider anything outside of what is provided/promoted by large pharmaceutical companies. Try a search on the use of chondroitin and glucosamine sulfate for osteoarthritis
. A number of sources, such as the Mayo Clinic
, have suggested that the use of these substances could very well be effective for osteoarthritis. Here is one to get you started...
"Available evidence from randomized controlled trials supports the use of glucosamine sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee. It is believed that the sulfate moiety provides clinical benefit in the synovial fluid by strengthening cartilage and aiding glycosaminoglycan synthesis... glucosamine sulfate form is effective...
Glucosamine is commonly taken in combination with chondroitin, a glycosaminoglycan derived from articular cartilage. Use of complementary therapies, including glucosamine, is common in patients with osteoarthritis, and may allow for reduced doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.