also helps the cartilage absorb water that keeps the joints lubricated,
reducing pain and increasing mobility. Glucosamine supplements
can take a couple of months to be effective, but seem to offer
as much pain relief as NSAID’s (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs) for osteoarthritis, without as many side effects.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are often combined in one supplement.
Chrondroitin is also a component of cartilage and tendons.
Chrondroitin supplements come from cow or shark cartilage.
Chrondroitin supplements may reduce inflammation and pain of
osteoarthritis. It may also protect the joints to slow down the
progression of osteoarthritis. Like glucosamine, chrondroitin
may take a couple of months to work.
As chrondroitin has mild blood-thinning properties it should
not be taken by patients taking blood-thinners.
The body makes S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe).
SAMe supplements appear to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
It may be as effective as anti-inflammatory medications, without
the side effects. It may also help fibromyalgia symptoms. SAMe
may cause mild stomach upset but is generally considered a safe
(though pricey) supplement. SAMe also has antidepressant effects
and should not be taken with antidepressant medications unless
recommended by a physician.
Is an organic sulfur that is found in the majority of fresh
foods. MSM supplements may help reduce the pain and inflammation
of osteoarthritis. Sometimes, glucosamine, chrondroitin, and
MSM are combined in one supplement.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are usually derived from fish
oil or flaxseed oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have some anti-inflammatory
properties. In a study conducted at Cardiff University in Wales,
people who took 1000 mg cod liver oil capsules twice daily
for 3 months had significantly reduced levels of enzymes that
are known to cause cartilage break down.
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