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Int J Rheum Dis. 2011 May;14(2):152-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-185X.2011.01619.x.

What about supplements for osteoarthritis? A critical and evidenced-based review.

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Joint & Bone Center, University of Santo Tomas Hospital, España, Manila, Philippines.


Dietary supplements have inundated the commercial market in recent times. These so called "health" supplements are being marketed as beneficial in the prevention and regression of several common medical conditions that include osteoarthritis. This review provides an overview of osteoarthritis as a common disease and elucidates the disease process in relation to conventional therapeutic approaches. We also attempt to present perspectives about the dietary industry, focusing on the widely available dietary supplements for osteoarthritis; then we discuss the current available evidence regarding these common dietary supplements which are finally consolidated and enumerated as major key points.

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