Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Glucosamine Supplements Are A Waste Of Money

Glucosamine alone or in combination with chondroitin sulfate has sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars. It is by far the most popular supplement for osteoarthritis.

Are users getting good value for their money? The answer is no and this is why.

In 2006 an important double blind trial found that neither glucosamine  alone or together with chondroitin did not reduce knee pain or other arthritic symptoms better than a placebo. In case you have forgotten what a placebo is we will remind you that it is a substance with no medicinal value that resembles the substance that is being tested.

The next question was whether glucosamine had a beneficial effect on the damage to the knee caused by arthritis. A follow-up study using x-ray showed no reduction in cartilage loss among the supplement users.

Because of these reports and other studies the American College of Rheumatology has reviewed the use of glucosamine and after exhaustive review has decided that there is no proven medical benefit from using glucosamine. The American College of Rheumatology has issued an advisory that there is no medical benefit from taking a glucosamine supplement

 In view of this you may wonder why so many people continue to spend their money on a pill that does not work better than a placebo. We certainly do not have an answer.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eat More Strawberries

Have you overlooked strawberries in your healthy food diet. If so you should pay attention to this.

Strawberries earned the highest score based upon findings by the Overall Nutrition Quality Index, a measurement system developed by Yale's Prevention Research Center. Strawberries received a score of 100 the highest possible.

In addition to being loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, strawberries are a natural super food. Eating just eight strawberries a day has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce obesity, improve memory and heart health.

We have not examined the research on some of these claims, but there is no reason to not include strawberries in your diet unless you are allergic to them.