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Most Used Natural Products

0.1% of U.S. children (42,000) used
glucosamine and/or chondroitin (which are often taken together)

Cartilage, which cushions our joints, contains glucosamine and chondroitin. These two substances are also used in dietary supplements and are often taken together.

Children were included in some preliminary studies of glucosamine for atopic dermatitis and for Kashin-Beck disease, which is similar to osteoarthritis and affects children. Parents should be aware that very little research has been done on glucosamine and chondroitin for children, so we know almost nothing about their effectiveness and safety in this age group.

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5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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