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Chondroitin sulfate was superior to the anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex for decreasing knee joint pain and preventing joint deterioration linked to osteoarthritis— according to a study led by Jean-Pierre Pelletier from the Rheumatology Research Institute in Montreal, Canada. Chondroitin effectively delayed the progression of the disease, while improving functional capacity and decreasing pain. Patients in the study took either 1,200 milligrams per day of chondroitin sulfate or 200 milligrams per day of Celebrex for two years. Chondroitin had the best long-term effect on arthritis progress, even though both treatments effectively reduced symptoms. (Paper presented at the American Academy of Rheumatology Annual meeting, 2015)