5 best supplements for joint pain

Joint pain can be cured by taking certain supplements in right proportions

Living with arthritis or joint pain can be extremely challenging. It is not unusual to hear from elders the difficulty they bear due to excruciating pain in their hands, wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, jaw and other body parts. 

No wonder with old age the bone loses its cartilage – the cushioning surface at the end of bones. This leads the joint bones to rub against each other and wearing out in the long run. Though, arthritis is not just restricted to elders and equally affects children and adolescents. 

Doctors usually recommend medicines, physiotherapy and surgeries - in extreme cases. But, at the same time they also advise for good nutrition of which supplements hold a prime place. With advancements in pharmaceutical technology many kinds of supplements have been synthesized in the form of capsules, tablets and syrups readily available in the market.  

Here are five supplements which must be a part of your daily diet in order to prevent joint pain:

1. SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine)

S- adenosylmethionine is made naturally in the body but can also be synthesized in the form of a supplement. The supplement is anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. It affects neuro-transmitters such as serotonin and reduces body pain. It stimulates cartilage growth and inhibits osteoarthritis symptoms. Moreover, it also works as effectively as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with few side effects.      

2. Boswellia Serrate (Indian frankincense)

Since ages Indian frankincense has been used in ancient ayurvedic science. Derived from the resin of Boswellia species of trees it has ‘Boswellic acid’ as its active component. The component is anti inflammatory and analgesic in nature. A scientific study in India has revealed that Indian frankincense slows down cartilage damage after a use of three months. It also significantly improves osteoarthritis condition.      

3. Tumeric /Curcumin (Curcuma longa)

Several clinical trials have confirmed that long term use of curcumin has improved osteoarthiritis conditions with enhanced functionality. Curcumin is basically a chemical found in turmeric that blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes thus reducing pain and inflammation. Easily available in the kitchen turmeric should be well consumed in order to keep joints healthy for the long run.

4. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Gone are the days when we used to get enough Vitamin D by staying outdoor in the Sun. Life has changed and we spend most of the hours working inside our offices and homes. Studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D leads to joint pain. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the best kind of supplement available in the form of capsules and tablets and compensates for natural Vitamin D. 

Recommended intake of Vitamin D3 has shown to inhibit rheumatoid arthritis. It must also be kept in mind that overdose of Vitamin D can lead to toxicity which results in development of calcium in blood.

5. Fish Oil 

The fatty acids present in fish oil blocks certain enzymes which damage the joints. It also reduces inflammation. Regular intake of fish oil helps in curbing knee pain, morning stiffness and rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil can be consumed from a diet having fish or in the form of capsules, tablets and liquids.     
   

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