Alternatives and Supplements for Arthritis Joint Pain


The longing to find a miracle cure to ease reduced mobility and arthritis pain is expected in those suffering from chronic joint pain. With the miraculous discovery of supplements for joint pain, many myths followed to challenge them.

Some question the credibility of ingesting substances that cannot do much good when building up bone structure. Substances like collagen which gained popularity quite fast in restaurants and for arthritis patients, were in fact considered useless when viewed scientifically. It becomes questionable when we view the fact that collagen at the end, collagen like any other protein digests down to its constituent amino acids eventually. Clinical trials and study subjects however reveal actual benefit from these supplements.

Moreover Joint supplements are considered to be used for the old or the injured only. It has been shown by various studies that Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate and Hyaluronic Acid may trigger cartilage production and stop cartilage breakdown. This way they can benefit those who take part in heavy exercises or runners and athletes equally well. More research has shown that MSM can be used as a supplement to in fact reduce the inflammation in tissues caused by exercise and stress.

What Expert’s Suggests?

The word arthritis makes you think of painful, stiff joints. According to Dr Dorothy J Pattison PhD RD, The long chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (known as EPA and DHA, respectively) have an important role in the inflammatory pathway. “Therefore they should be added to the diet of an arthritis patient.

He further adds, Antioxidants play a crucial role in our internal defence system protecting against harmful organisms, particularly damaging ‘free radical’ molecules. A diet rich in antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of developing RA and possibly dampen down the inflammatory response in established disease”.

A recent study discovered much clinical benefits in patients who followed a modified Mediterranean diet for 3 months when compared with those on a usual diet.

Thus diet and joint pain supplements can work together to halt or slow down the progression of arthritis pain.

Joint Pain Supplements – Things to Consider!

The most important thing to consider when taking joint pain supplements is to ensure that you are taking all of the products under a physician’s supervision. All supplements with their promising benefits will have a limited amount of side effects which need to be monitored by a qualified physician.

Another important aspect to consider when taking supplements is to ensure that you take an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoid too much fat in your diet. Use products with collagen in them like soy based products, spinach and kale.

You should also get regular exercise. This will help potentiate the effects of the joint pain supplements and ensure that you stay healthy. You should be careful of the kind of exercise that you opt for. It is recommended that you exercise using gentle fluid motions rather than opting for exercise that are heavy, jarring or damaging. Good exercises with joint supplements include swimming, biking and walking. They help keep your joints in motion and yet do not aggravate the injurious process that has taking place to cause the pain.

One of the most important things that you should be looking for in a joint care supplement is glucosamine. This amino acid serves the important role of battling joint wear and tear and promoting lubrication. Other elements that you may look for in a joint pain supplement are MSM and chondroitin. These products are usually sold separately but they may be combined as one product and used.

Has any Clinical Research been done?

It is very important that the supplements that you are considering to take are clinically researched. This will firstly avoid ingesting unnecessary products that will not cause your body any benefits. Secondly, it will make sure that you are aware of the efficacy and the side effects that the supplements will cause.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are two of the most scientifically researched products known for their efficacy. Research suggests that glucosamine sulfate when taken alone or in combination with chondroitin sulfate has shown to relieve pain, improve joint mobility, and slow osteoarthritis-related damage to the joints

A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials conducted over a period from January 1980 to March 2002 found glucosamine to have “highly significant efficacy” for all outcomes, including joint space narrowing and Western Ontario MacMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). Another meta-analysis of glucosamine and chondroitin in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials of 4 or more weeks’ duration conducted from 1966 to 1999 showed that both supplements demonstrated moderate to large effects. When mixed with manganese, chondroitin seems to have an enhanced efficacy because of its cartilage producing action.

Final Words

With the limited number of side effects and the promising results offered by joint pain supplements, it is always worth a try to alleviate the chronic joint pain suffered by many arthritis patients.

Kelly Everson is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written numerous articles/online journals on sleep disorders, stretch marks and joint pain problems. She is contributing to ConsumerHealthDigest.com from 2011.