Do Arthritis Supplements Work?

The use of joint and arthritis supplements has become increasingly popular. Arthritis symptoms are one of the most common issues experienced by our active aging population. The typical course of treatment for arthritis can include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections, and possible surgery.




In an effort to obtain joint pain relief, many turn to alternative medicine options, including supplements. But are these supplements effective in reducing arthritis symptoms? If so, which ones are the most effective? The following is an overview of some of the more popular supplements and what research indicates about their effectiveness.


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Before discussing the effectiveness of the following joint supplements, another issue must be addressed. Unfortunately, a study conducted by consumerlab.com found that 40 percent of supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin, failed to contain what the label promised. To increase the likelihood that you are getting what’s promised on a product’s label, purchase products with a recognized brand name (big companies have more at stake) and buy from a major, trusted retailer.


Glucosamine
A commonly recommended joint supplement reported to specifically help knee and hip arthritis. Is it effective and if so what type and how much should you take?


Chondroitin
This supplement is often paired with glucosamine. Is this paring necessary? What about taking this supplement by itself?


MonaVie Active
This relatively new supplement is based on the powerful anti-oxidant Acai berry. Are the reports of improved joint pain founded in science or just the placebo effect?


SAMe
There are many supplements that are lesser known that still can have a benefit for relieving joint pain. What is SAMe and is it effective?



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