Recent studies have shown that low intake and low serum levels of vitamin D each appear to be associated with an increased risk for progression of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Recent studies on fish oil for weight loss, fat burning and depression show that people who get the most fish oil with DHA burn more fat, have less obesity, weigh less and have less depression while dieting than those who get the least amount of fish oil.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
Chondroprotective agents such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may provide another effective treatment. Together they comprise a more effective supplement than either taken alone.
- Both products have been proven in clinical trials to be safe.
- These supplements are recommended for people whose cartilage is in the early stages of breakdown.
- They may also be used after surgery to enhance the healing response.
- Cartilage protective agents are not as effective when cartilage damage is severe and widespread.
Medications such as Tylenol, or anti-inflammatory agents such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil) can also reduce symptoms.
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