Mar 13,2020

6 supplements for healthy joints


Many people take supplements to support joint health. Some take them to relieve current joint pain, while others take them to prevent pain from developing.


Most supplements for joint health work by reducing inflammation or protecting the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is the material that rests between bones and prevents them from rubbing together.


This cartilage can wear down over time, leading to osteoarthritis. This is a very common source of pain and disability as people age.


Anyone concerned about joint pain or their joint health should see a doctor for a full diagnosis. That said, there are a number of supplements available that might help keep the joints healthy. 



1. Glucosamine


Glucosamine exists within the body as a natural building block of the cartilage in the joints. It is a common ingredient in many different supplement blends for healthy joints.


Long-term trials have shown that crystalline glucosamine sulfate slowed down symptom progression in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Research also indicates that the compound can cause a long-term reduction in symptoms and reduce the need for other pain medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).


Glucosamine sulfate is available over the counter. A person can ask their doctor about crystalline glucosamine sulfate. 


2. Chondroitin


Chondroitin is another building block of cartilage that may promote healthy growth in the joints.


Many companies package glucosamine along with chondroitin in the same formula for joint health, as many believe that the two compounds may work in tandem to support cartilage.


Chondroitin itself may be effective for a few symptoms of osteoarthritis. One study found that in trials, chondroitin was more effective than a placebo in controlling pain in the joints and improving the function of the joints themselves.


3. Methylsulfonylmethane


Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is another common supplement for the joints, often making its way into joint health blends containing chondroitin or glucosamine.


This may support joint health overall, and it could reduce symptoms in some people. Additionally, most people tolerate MSM when they take it in normal doses.


4. Turmeric


Many researchers have studied turmeric and its compound curcumin. Curcumin appears to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which may help reduce symptoms in some cases. 


Many supplements containing turmeric will also contain black pepper, which may help the body absorb and use the turmeric effectively.


That said, there is currently not enough strong evidence to make any definite claims about curcumin’s benefits for joint pain. However, the anti-inflammatory effect is well noted, and many people do take the supplement for its potential to relieve joint pain.


5. Boswellia


Boswellia, or frankincense, is another natural supplement that may be helpful in maintaining healthy joints. Like turneric, boswellia also has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Reducing inflammation in areas such as the joints may help reduce pain.


6. Tamarind seed


Tamarind seed may be another natural alternative to traditional joint supplements. The seed contains a number of antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect and may support the joints. Some research suggests that it may even be anti-arthritic.


Summary


Cartilage in the joints helps cushion the bones from impact and keep the bones in each joint from rubbing together. If this cartilage wears down, people may start to notice symptoms such as popping, pain, or stiffness.


Some joint supplements may help ease these symptoms or prevent them from occurring in the first place.


Glucosamine and chondroitin may help reduce symptoms in some people, while other natural options — such as turmeric and boswellia — may also help with joint pain management.


Anyone concerned about their joint health or symptoms in their joints should see a doctor for a full diagnosis.


Early diagnosis may help improve treatment outcomes and eliminate other issues that could be causing the symptoms.



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