According to data from two large US cohort studies, supplementing glucosamine and chondroitin may aid colon health due to their anti-inflammatory mechanism.
Data from over 68,000 women and almost 28,000 men who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study respectively were analyzed. 672 cases of colorectal cancer were identified from the data. After reviewing the numbers researchers found any use of Glucosamine and Chondroitin was associated with a 23% reduction in the risk of developing colorectal cancer. This review supports date from another study, the Vitamins and Lifestyle Study (VITAL), published back in 2009.
Researchers theorize that the reported anti-inflammatory properties associated with Glucosamine and Chondroitin reduce inflammation in the colonic cells. They suggest additional studies be performed to better understand the association between colorectal cancer and the use of Glucosamine and Chondroitin and also the means by which these supplements affect the risk of colorectal cancer.
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