Chondroitin has always had its advocates, but they've mainly been from natural or nutritional medicine. This major new study, whose results have been revealed in just the past few days, could see it being finally acknowledged as a proven treatment by conventional medicine.
It's been tested on 622 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Half took 800 mg of chondroitin, 4,6-sulfate every day for two years, while the rest were given a placebo, or sugar pill.
After two years, the erosion of cartilage in the placebo group was more than twice as bad as those who had taken chondroitin. The chondroitin group also experienced far less pain over the time than those taking the placebo.
The results, prepared by the STOP (Study on Osteoarthritis Progression Prevention) group at universities in France and Belgium, have just been revealed at the American College of Rheumatology conference in Washington.
(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007; 297: 28-9).
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