Should I take a specific glucosamine and chondroitin supplement?

Glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, usually sold to treat painful arthritis, are dietary supplements, which are only lightly regulated by the federal government.

You need to rely on the manufacturer to make sure the product is safe and effective. There are no rules that can guide you to the best product, but it's best to stick with brand names you know. You need to find a manufacturer that you can trust, do some research, read the label carefully, and talk to your doctor before taking any complementary or alternative medicines.

You may want to check out reports from a company such as, which tests how much active ingredient is in popular supplements from different manufacturers.

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