Is there evidence that glucosamine improves things?

In collaboration with Prof Phil Conaghan of the University of Leeds, a world expert on joint pain, ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ recruited 80 people with painful knees. Phil and his team assessed their joints and asked them to rate their pain levels, and then 40 of them were given a “supplement pill” to take daily and the other 40 were given daily exercises. After two months, we asked them to rate their pain again. And the results were very telling. s glucosamine help joint pain?

In the group that took the supplement pill, 55% reported a significant reduction in pain – an improvement of around 30% or more. In fact, many in the group were extremely enthusiastic about the effect this supplement had, one saying she felt “like a new person”.

In the group that were given exercises to do, 80% reported the same reduction in pain. So, the exercises were much more effective than the supplement – but the supplement was still very good at reducing our volunteers’ pain.