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Chondroitin and melanoma: How worried should you be?
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I have not had melanoma but do take glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate every day and have for years. I have osteoarthritis and I find that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin takes away any problems with my knees. I saw a study years ago that showed that one of the two takes down inflammation and the other grows new cartilage between my bones
I don’t take ibuprofen or acetaminophen at all. I find the combo of glucosamine and chondroitin is all I need. Now if the recommendation is not to take chondroitin (and is probably wise for me since two of my children have had melanomas, luckily removed) what natural herbs, or foods, or ? would be a good substitute?
I don’t know about melanoma, but I do know chondroitin is excellent for knee and joint pain. In fact, I take these supplements every day.
as always timely info
Thank you for the research concerning Glucosamine Chondrotin and risk of recurring Melenoma. Supplements Supplements that’s all I hear anymore about and are they good for you or what is good for you.? I will not be taking anymore Chondrrotin as I had Melenoma on my face 7 years ago and Squamous cell since then.
I admit i have taken supplements with the assurance from the bottle it would not hurt me, although it was not FDA approved. So, I began thinking, yes take a vitamin every other day or so, but what did our Ancestors do.? They had many natural cures, etc but none of these supplements.
It also seems that everyone is using supplements to market and make money. I know my
Body better then anyone, and everyone else should also. So here is what I say! If i consult with an individual knowledgeable in supplements or Nutrition or all these natural oils everyone is chatting about, them take them., but my point is this , after 3 months do i feel better.? If not, stop paying for something that is not helping me .!!! It’s not complicated, a no Brainer…why would anyone want to continue anything that not only cost them a hefty paycheck, but not one Day have they felt better because of it. Thank you again for your research, I have just dumped all the Chondrotin etc I had! I would not have stopped them otherwise as my joint pain was better, I can find some other way for my joint pain. If my Melenoma reoccurred because of this , it would be traumatic.
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