Supplements and Alternatives for Joint Pain and Arthritis

There are many medications available on the market that claim to help with joint pain and arthritis, but also a lot that seem not to work. So Sharon Plank, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the University of Pittsburgh Medical School Center for Integrative Medicine offers advice about what can help –

alternative healthOne ought to take the “whole body” approach to arthritis pain – exercise regularly to get to your ideal weight and also to keep muscles strong and joints flexible. Also have a diet that is anti-inflammatory and which contains sufficient amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Supplements can often provide relief that drugs cannot; however any supplements ought to be discussed with one’s doctor to rule out side effects, allergic reactions and drug interactions.

Recommended supplements for joint pain and arthritis are chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, calcium, vitamin d3, ginger, turmeric, omega-3, green tea as well as others such as SAMe, MSM, stinging nettle, bromelain, Vitamin E, devil’s claw and so on.

These should always be taken under direction of a medical practitioner so that it can be determined what is safe for you considering your health, and what is the correct dosage for you.


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  1. Nilisha Patel says:

    All the supplements mentioned in this article, such as chondroitin and glucosamine, have been studied in clinical trials. The Natural Standard rates each of these supplements and gives them a grade for how well they manage certain conditions. For example, the Natural Standard gives and A rating to chondroitin treating osteoarthritis. Come visit the Natural Standard website and see all the clinical data supporting this grade.

  2. Kerala Ayurvedic says:

    Thank you very much for your information about Supplements and Alternatives for Joint Pain and Arthritis.