More Evidence Chondroitin Works for Arthritis

By /

chondroitin for knee arthritis

Chondroitin sulfate was back in the science news this week with another study showing that it helps arthritis. I’ve blogged before on the studies that show that Chondroitin seems to be an effective supplement for arthritis. This new study looked at the differences between a single dose of 1,200 mg versus three daily doses of 400 mg. Both were found to be equally effective in 353 patients with knee arthritis and both were more effective than placebo. This fits with MRI studies that show that for patients who take chondroitin for knee arthritis MRIs are better than for patients who don’t take chondroitin. In fact the only large study that didn’t show that this stuff worked was one where NIH pitted it against the dangerous drug Celebrex (an NSAID that will almost triple your cardiac sudden death risk). Chondroitin predictably produced smaller effects than the heavy handed pharma drug. However, that’s not the point of building block supplements like chondroitin. If you want less inflammation, take high dose fish oils. If you want cartilage protection, take supplements like glucosamine and chondoitin. The upshot? I think there’s enough evidence now that this non-toxic substance found naturally in many of the foods you eat like shellfish, meat, and poultry is a keeper.

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.



9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.