Among people who take glucosamine supplements, there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease events, coronary heart disease, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study reported in The BMJ.*
Researchers utilized data from 466,039 participants who enrolled in the UK Biobank between 2006 and 2010. Subjects completed questionnaires upon enrollment that provided data concerning diet, supplement use and other factors. Participants were followed for an average of seven years.
People who used glucosamine supplements had a 15% lower risk of total cardiovascular disease events, defined as cardiovascular disease death, coronary heart disease, and stroke, in comparison with people who did not use the supplements. When these outcomes were examined individually, glucosamine use was associated with a 22% lower risk of cardiovascular death, an 18% lower risk of coronary heart disease and a 9% lower risk of stroke.
Editor’s Note: Glucosamine is a popular over-the-counter supplement used by people with osteoarthritis to relieve pain and support healthy joint tissue.
*BMJ. 2019 May 14;365:l1628.