A CHEAP tablet taken to ease joint pain also cuts the risk of a fatal heart attack and stroke by a fifth, a study suggests.
Around one in five sufferers buy glucosamine supplements to help relieve arthritis.
Getty – Contributor A 5p pill taken to ease joint pain also cuts the risk of a fatal heart attack and stroke
But researchers say the pills, which cost around 5p each, may also prevent cardiovascular disease.
They monitored 466,039 Brits with healthy hearts for an average of seven years, of which 19.3 per cent used glucosamine.
They were 15 per cent less likely to develop dodgy hearts and arteries than those who did not take the supplement.
Its usage also appeared to cut the risk of stroke by nine per cent, heart attack by 18 per cent and cardiovascular death by 22 per cent.
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The team from Tulane University, New Orleans, believe glucosamine reduces levels of C-reactive protein, a chemical linked to inflammation.
But Prof Naveed Sattar, of the University of Glasgow, said people would be better off just leading a healthier lifestyle.
He said: “I would not rush to buy glucosamine to lessen my heart risks when there are many other cost-effective proven ways to do so.”
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