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Research suggests that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements can help you maintain existing cartilage and stimulate new cartilage to grow. Glucosamine is found naturally in your body. It helps give cartilage its strength and rigidity. The supplements sold in stores are a synthetic version of this substance. An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the Arthritis Center at the Boston University School of Medicine evaluated several previously published trials. The researchers concluded that trials of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate preparations showed some positive effects for OA. In a report published in the medical journal The Lancet, a group from Belgium found that symptoms improved for patients with osteoarthritis of the knees who took 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine daily for 3 years. X-rays of those taking the drug showed less joint space narrowing than did X-rays of patients who received a placebo — a pill with no therapeutic value. (Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)

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