The Latest Major Clinical Trial Results Are In! Glucosamine and Chondroitin Are Better Than Pain Killers!By: Bruce Brightman - Founder - LifeSource Vitamins
With the ever increasing interest on how to overcome the limitations of living with osteoarthritis, particularly with two major prescription drugs (Vioxx and Bextra) removed from the market, and concerns about long term NSAID usage, two long-anticipated major clinical studies have recently found that Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, work even better than common pain killers!
*The "GAIT" Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial - Glucosamine Effectiveness (13 Universities - United States Study)
Highlights: After five years of recruiting, testing and analyzing, this trial excitingly reports, "Combination glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate is effective in treating moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis."
Under the direction of the NIH (National Institutes of Health), one of the world's foremost medical research centers, 13 highly prestigious research universities in the United States performed this randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel assignment, efficacy study on over 1,500 osteoarthritis sufferers. Each participant was given a daily dose of either:
--some combination of both
--200 mg of the prescription painkiller celecoxib, a cox-2 drug (Celebrex)
--or a placebo
for 24 weeks. All patients' pain levels were evaluated at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the four weeks. The Glucosamine and Chondroitin combination was found to significantly reduce pain compared to placebo AND Celebrexr (celecoxib), using the WOMAC Pain Index (Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index). This study marks the very first time that a well designed study of this scale has been done on a supplement and the results were shocking to many but exactly what we at DTC Health, Inc have known for years. This study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health at thirteen distinguished colleges, using taxpayer's - not a manufacturer's - dollars. These results represent a monumental victory for everybody who takes dietary supplements for their health and well-being.
At about the same time the University based GAIT study results were released in the United States, an independent Hospital based European study (known as the GUIDE study) released its results. They too, showed the extraordinary benefits of glucosamine.
*The Glucosamine Unum-in-Die (Once a Day) Efficacy (GUIDE) Trial - Joint Discomfort (13 Hospitals - European Study)
Highlights: "Glucosamine sulfate.might be the preferred symptomatic medication in knee osteoarthritis." Dr Herrero-Beaumont of the Fundacion Jiminez Diaz in Madrid, found glucosamine sulfate to be more effective than the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen for joint discomfort in a multicenter, randomized, placebo- and reference-controlled, double-blind study. This means the study was done at multiple hospitals, was randomized to prevent bias, tested against both placebo and real medications and the doctors did not know who was getting the placebo or the glucosamine. This was an extraordinarily well designed, multimillion dollar study and the results speak for themselves.
The Glucosamine Unum in Die Efficacy (GUIDE) trial took place in 13 different European hospitals and compared a 1,500mg daily dose of glucosamine sulfate and a much larger 3,000 mg dose of the OTC drug Acetaminophen (commonly found in Tylenol, Excedrin, and many others) to a placebo in 318 patients. After 24 weeks of monitoring osteoarthritis sufferers, the study clearly showed superior effectiveness of the glucosamine dietary supplement (even at half the dosage of the drug) on many levels of discomfort and mobility. The study confirmed that glucosamine was shown to be more effective than the most commonly used pain reliever, acetaminophen!
What does this mean for me?
It has taken over five years for the official results of these well designed studies to finally scientifically prove the effectiveness of Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate. Now that glucosamine and chondroitin in combination has been shown to work at least as well as Celebrex or NSAIDS, with a far better safety profile, the question remains - what brand is the best? As is true of most things in life, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, many people try to save a few dollars even on the important things - and as a result, their health suffers. Usually it is ok to try and save a few bucks here and there, but when your health is at stake, find a high quality product, such as LifeSource's product line in this category, they all have shown unbelievable results within a short period of time.
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