For people with osteoarthritis (a condition estimated to affect 27 million Americans), dealing with pain can be an everyday struggle. For drug-free relief of that pain, many patients turn to chondroitin sulfate (a natural substance sold in dietary supplement form). Although studies on chondroitin sulfate's benefits for osteoarthritis patients have yielded mixed results, the National Institutes of Health state that the supplement may slightly reduce pain in osteoarthritis patients (especially those with osteoarthritis of the knee).
For more help in alleviating arthritis pain, make sure to get plenty of exercise (including stretching) and maintain a healthy weight. Following an anti-inflammatory diet and getting sufficient sleep may also help stave off pain. There's also some evidence that certain alternative therapies and mind-body techniques (such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture) may also help tame pain in osteoarthritis patients. Read the article: Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis.