Glucosamine/Chondroitin, YMMV

Glucosamine with Chondroitin is a popular supplement used for “joint health.” I’ve actually taken it on and off for a number of years, whenever my knees start aching. I’ll usually start taking a capsule or two per day and after 2-3 weeks I generally notice an improvement, and will discontinue taking it after a while.

Recently I started taking GC  for neck pain. For almost a year I’ve had chronic neck pain and stiffness. During a recent doctors exam, for a non-neck issue, I asked the PA about my neck pain and she said “Oh, it’s probably just some Arthritis.” It sounded like she was saying “just get used to it.”

I had a supply of Glucosamine and Chondroitin so I added it to my daily pill regimen, and a few weeks later I noticed that my neck wasn’t botherin me very much. Just having a single day without it bothering me felt like a blessing, it had been bothering me so much. And now it seems to hardly bother me at all.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin is reputed to help build up cartilage-building and proteins, i.e. build up and repair cartilage, and some studies say it might inhibit enzymes that destroy cartilage.

Most medical studies indicate that you can’t really expect any real benefit. I know that I can be biased against the healtcare system, but t seems like a lot of studies do suggest that simple treatments are never very effective. I generally try to watch out for snake oil, but after many years on the market GC still seems to be very popular. Alsi, it isn’t particularoy expensive, and it has helped me in the past, and my neck pain is about 99% improved.

As I said, YMMV or “Your Mileage May Vary”, but if you are suffering from joint pain you might want to try it. I don’t think there are any harmful benefits, and hopefully your results will be as positive as mine have been.