There are many pills with glucosamine and chondroitin. Are these the best for joints?

Yes. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.
No. No, and they probably don't do anything for them. The american college of rheumatology guidelines on the treatment of osteoarthrosis recommends against their use. A few trials have shown some benefit while many trials have shown no benefit.

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If I take glucosamine and chondroitin will it help my joints?

For OA pain maybe, Maybe not. Glucosamine & chondroitin are supplements that some believe help osteoarthritis pain; studies have shown mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend against prescription of these for knee oa as a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; believers recommend 1500 mg of glucosamine+1200 of chondroitin daily for many weeks; you can try, see if it works for you.
Not preventive. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. Good for treatment, not for prevention though.
No. There is no proven benefit. If you take them and get better, you would have gotten better without taking them. Save your money and buy a gym membership. Routine exercise has a proven benefit.

What do you recommend to keep all the joints in the body healthy? Are glucosamine and chondroitin good?

Good balanced diet. Good balanced diet with fruits and vegtables. Foods with antioxidants are beneficial.
Almost like placebos. Studies have shown that glucosamine chondroitin is only about 5% better than placebo. That mean if 20 people take it, 19 are wasting their money. What's been shown is that people who exercise regularly have stronger joints, bones and cartilage than people who are sedentary. Save your money, get outside.
Yes. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.
Motion/Lotion. These supplement are a total waste of your money. To keep the joint of the body healthy, routine exercise is the only proven method. Include stretching and wide range of motion activities without heavy stress daily. Motion is the lotion that keeps joints healthy.
Glucosamine. Glucosamine by mouth helps knees. Chondroitin does not seem to be important or helpful as a supplement, and makes the glucosamine cost more. Glucosamine through the skin in a cream will help most any joint in the body.

Can glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Variable. Some people report considerable relief with this combination, others report no help at all. Interestingly, in dogs, relief is much more common. The only way to find out is to try it for 3 months as it may take that long. Consider adding msm to the regimen as that acts as an anti-inflamatory and can also help. As always, check with your primary care physician first.
Variable. 65% of the population it will help some but you have to take it for a minimum of three months.

Are glucosamine and chondroitin recommended for lumbar disc disease?

No. But there is no contraindications for taking it but there have been no studies that reflect any benefit from its use for degenerative disc disease.

Are you able to tell me if it would be OK for me to take glucosamine and chondroitin tablets AS WELL as using the 24/7 patches?

Shouldn't be problem. If by 24/7 patches you mean the contraceptive patch, then taking glucosamine and chondrointin for joint health at the same time is not a problem.

Are glucosamine and chondroitin supplements effective?

Maybe. Although I am not aware of any studies statistically proving the benefits of glucosamine chondroitin, some patients do notice less arthritic pain while taking it. I personally recommend omega 3 fish oils as a natural anti inflammatory.
Yes. According to studies done in germany. It takes 3 months to take effect.

I was wondering is glucosamine and chondroitin good for osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis. There is little if any good scientific evidence that these supplements actually work to prevent or reverse osteoarthritis.