The majority of adults in the United States take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today’s dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products. Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms: traditional tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars.3
Supplements may not be able to take the place of nutrition received from a variety of foods important to a healthy diet. However, some supplements may help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients that may not be available in your regular diet, particularly in diets lacking in nutritious foods.3
Scientific evidence shows that some dietary supplements may be beneficial for overall health and for managing some health conditions.1,2
Certain dietary supplements may provide support for joint health and mobility. Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound in the human body; however, it also comes in the form of supplements as it is not normally obtained in the diet. Glucosamine is naturally used by chondrocytes to form articular cartilage and is a structural component of hyaluronic acid.4
Chondroitin, which is also available in the form of a dietary supplement, is produced by the body naturally; however, the quantity obtained in the diet is usually very small. It is also a major component of cartilage found in joints of the body.4
Make sure you talk to your doctor before starting or adding any vitamins or supplements to your current medication regimen.