The use of glucosamine reduced the risk of all CVD events by 15% along with stroke and coronary heart disease.
A new study has found that a cheap pill used to soothe the agony of arthritis can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Glucosamine supplements are used widely by hundreds of thousands of patients across the globe. Although there is a debate regarding whether or not these pills benefit the joints, a new study conducted in the U.K. Biobank reveals glucosamine pills can avoid cardiovascular events. The study included almost half a million adults who consumed glucosamine pills on a regular basis were found to have a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.
The researchers from Harvard University, Tulane University, and Harbin Medical University in China were involved in this study. Professor Lu Qi and his tea from Tulane University, New Orleans gathered data from U.K Biobank that included data of 466,039 participants. These participants were given a questionnaire where they mentioned the use of glucosamine supplements. Average of seven years of tracking was done where events such as coronary heart disease and stroke were recorded. The study revealed that glucosamine supplement reduced the risk of all CVD events by 15% and lowered the risk of deaths, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
During the follow up there were 10,204 CVD events, 5745 coronary heart disease cases, 3060 deaths due to CVD, and 3263 strokes. “I am a bit surprised but not very much, because previous studies from humans or animals have shown that glucosamine may have protective effects on inflammation, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease [CVD],” said Prof. Lu Qi. The authors say glucosamine reduced levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which is normally associated with various conditions including CVD.