More and more people are seeking a natural approach by using alternative medicine to treat joint pain. Our team at Peter’s Choice Nutrition Center has compiled a list of our top 5 options for joint pain and what the existing research says about them to help you find the best option for you.
Did you know that in the United States, 23% of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis? As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common, but it’s important to determine the cause so you know how to address the pain. Joint pain may range from a mild ache to a severe, burning or sharp sensation in one or several joints. In some instances, joint pain is associated with other symptoms, like joint swelling and stiffness, overlying red and warm skin, and whole-body symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or fever.
How to treat joint pain?
While you might be likely to pop a painkiller for relief, it won’t address the underlying cause of the pain and can actually cause it to worsen over time. It is very important to seek professional advice to determine the type of joint pain you are experiencing before treating it. In any case, we believe with lifestyle modification, proper diet, and anti-inflammatory measures will help improve joint pain regardless of the cause. To make your search a little easier our team has compiled the following 5 best options to help ease your joint pain.
5 Best Options For Joint Support
1 Turmeric Root Extract (Curcumin)
Shown to reduce joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Native to southeast India, the herb for thousands of years has been used as both a spice and as a medicinal treatment in India and Asia. Dr. Mercola says that curcumin is better than drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. That is quite a testament to its effectiveness.
2 Green Tea
Yes, Green Tea! It has a rich source of polyphenols. Studies suggest that long term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offers protection against the development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases (1). Diets rich in polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. Green tea’s good source of epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) which happens to be a type of polyphenol with potent antioxidant effects, helps block the production of molecules that cause joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
3 Boswellia (Serrata Extract)
Anti-inflammatory has shown to reduce inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and bursitis symptoms. Boswellic acids (the active components) has strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It is also shown to help prevent cartilage loss. According to Harvard Health Publishing, people in the “clinical trials who took 100 milligrams (mg) of B. Serrata daily for three months said their pain was moderately lower and their functioning slightly better, compared with those who took the placebo” (2).
4 Devil’s Claw
One study concluded that Devil’s Claw worked about as well as an anti-inflammatory drug diacerein, to treat knee or hip osteoarthritis (3). To learn more about Devil’s Claw, check the video below from Dr. James Meschino’s advice on the “Nature’s Very Scary Anti-inflammatory”.
5 Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
One of our personal favorites, MSM short for “Methylsulfonylmethane”. MSM is basically a source of sulfur, which is a mineral that is essential to life. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that plays an important role in making collagen and glucosamine, both vital for healthy joints. MSM is actually 34% sulfur making it the richest source of this essential nutrient.
This all sounds too good to be true, but we find it fascinating that such simple products could have such a profound effect that benefits the body so well.
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