Do you suffer from arthritis? Are you tired of suffering? Do you want it to end and now? Immediate pain relief is possible with over-the-counter pain medications. Unfortunately, the pain returns as soon as the medication wears off. What can you do? You can try herbal and nutritional chronic joint pain supplements. Many have little to no risks. In fact, most have additional health benefits.
What nutritional supplements can help you treat, manage, or relieve the pain of arthritis?
Note: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved many of these supplements. While this approval may be important to some, a lack of approval does not necessarily mean the supplements are dangerous. A basic internet search of the supplements referred to below should set your mind at ease.
This supplement comes from the root of a ginger plant. Depending on the form, it comes from either fresh or dried root. What is ideal about this supplement is your options. You can choose from capsules, powder, extract, and oils. Up to two grams a day are recommended. The extract can be added to tea for taste.
According the popular Arthritis Today magazine, ginger extract helps with inflammation. It has the ability to slow down the chemicals that cause inflammation, including COX-2. In addition to aiding in arthritis pain, this supplement is an ideal cure for motion sickness, as it not only subsides pain, but nausea and vomiting, too.
Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables
Otherwise known as ASU, this supplement not only provides pain relief, but it lessens joint swelling and inflammation too. Various studies, since 2002, have shown that ASU did stop inflammation. Not only that, it slows the break down of cartilage and in some instances worked to repair prior damage.
Fish oil has long been known for its health benefits. This Omega-3 oil comes from cold-water fish. Arthritis Today magazine recommends up to two three-ounce servings of fish a week. For those unable to stomach the taste and smell, capsules and tablets are available.
Fish oil helps to promote healthy blood circulation. Due to its ability to protect against high blood pressure and heart disease, you cannot go wrong with this supplement. The reduction of inflammation in your joints and decreased pain are only the beginning.
Although the name sounds frightening, this supplement is an herbal remedy that has been and still is widely used in South Africa. It is available in powder, liquid, and capsule formats. According to Healthline, the active ingredient in devilís claw is Harpagophytum procumbens. Devil’s Claw is shown to reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with arthritis. It is the iridoid glycosides in Devil’s Claw that is responsible for the anti-inflammatory benefits.
Also known as ginkgo biloba, this supplement has long been touted as a memory-enhancing supplement. For many, it improves blood flow and circulation. This improves the overall health and wellbeing of the body. Some studies have shown that it reduces disease flair ups, including arthritis. Ginko contains flavonoids and terpenoids, powerful antioxidants that provide protection against cell damage from free radicals.
As you can see, many herbal and nutritional supplements can reduce the pain associated with arthritis. The good news? These are just a small selection of the many chronic joint pain supplements available to you.
As always, before trying any supplement, including the ones highlighted above, speak to your primary care physician. Some can counteract with common over-the-counter or prescribed medications.
Have you got a special remedy for your chronic joint pain? Share your story with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.