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Who should take glucosamine?

People with osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cushioning (cartilage) between bones breaks down and causes joint pain, may want to discuss the use of glucosamine with their healthcare provider. While there is some controversy regarding whether glucosamine helps alleviate symptoms, glucosamine may be a good option for those with osteoarthritis because it is usually well-tolerated and it is not too expensive. In particular, individuals with mild-to-moderate arthritis of the knee are the most likely to benefit, according to available research. Glucosamine should be combined with other treatments such as exercise and weight loss for maximum benefit. Further research is needed to clarify whether other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease can be treated with glucosamine.

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