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Is glucosamine more effective than anti-inflammatory medication?

Studies evaluating the pain-relieving, inflammation-reducing benefits of glucosamine have been mixed.

Researchers who reviewed many studies found that glucosamine tends to be slightly better than a placebo for pain relief, but there was no obvious difference between the effectiveness of the supplement and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Glucosamine is usually taken with chondroitin in hopes of rebuilding and repairing worn-away cartilage that cushions bones. However, whether or not the combination slows arthritis is still unknown.

Glucosamine is generally considered safe and causes few side effects.

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