Updated: Dec 12, 2019
During my time working at different health institutions, I encountered many people who were suffering from various forms of arthritis. As far as I know there is no cure for it, but over time I did notice that some supplements were useful in reducing the pain.
1. Fish Oil
My grandpa always had this on him, I remember it from when I was a little kid but I never knew what it was for. Turns out he had it for his arthritis, and there are genuine benefits to using it.
Since fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. They work as an anti-inflammatory effects to immensely reduce symptoms for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. However, it doesn't seem to have an affect on clients with osteoarthritis.
Be sure to read the instructions on how much to take and how often.
2. Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables
Also known as ASU's, this refers to a kind of extract found in both soybeans and avocados which might help prevent the breakdown of cartilage, with some believing they may play a part in helping repair it.
Although not enough tests have been made to reach a solid conclusion, results show they work more than placebo tests done on patients who have osteoarthritis.
It's unlikely the average person has heard of this, but Glucosamine is a natural component of cartilage. This is the substance that prevents your bones from rubbing together, saving you aches from and inflammation.
Glucosamine is so useful that many arthritis supplements incorporate as an ingredient, as it is one of the most reviewed and trusted materials for helping those with osteoarthritis.
But don't look at Glucosamine as some kind of fix all supplement, there are still questions over its effectiveness. As there are with any supplement you will ever take, so remember to double check and do extended research.
This one is similar to glucosamine, as it is a building block of cartilage. The theory is that Chondroitin may help with prevent cartilage breakdown due to osteoarthritis.
Clinical studies on Chondroitin have shown that it can reduce pain, with over 50% of participants in the tests stating that they felt a reduction in pain of about 20%, especially in their knees.
5. Vitamin D
Studies have shown that individuals with low levels of Vitamin D tend to suffer more from joint pain than those who don't. Remember to check your levels prior to taking any supplements, as that can prevent any excess intake which could potentially lead to other problems.
Preferably I like to get my Vitamin D from good old sunshine, but if you live in a area where the sun doesn't come out so often, a supplement may be just what you need.
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