Additional supplements to help manage arthritis include:
- Glucosamine sulphate derived from the shells of shellfish or some vegetables and is a major component of bone cartilage. It may slow down the deterioration of cartilage, improve joint mobility and thereby relieve osteoarthritis. The recommended dosage is 1 500 mg per day.
- Chondroitin occurs naturally in the body’s connective tissues and is an important component of cartilage. Supplementing with chondroitin sulphate, which is largely derived from beef cartilage, may prove beneficial for osteoarthritis by stimulating the repair of damaged cartilage. The recommended dosage is 800 to 2 000 mg, either in a single dose or two or three divided doses daily, for up to three years.
- Another effective source of sulphur is methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). The recommended dosages are: 1 000 to 3 000 mg of glucosamine sulphate and 600 to 2 000 mg of MSM daily. The lower doses will support joints and prevent degeneration, while the higher doses will maximise recovery.
- The herb Buchu contains several anti-inflammatory compounds including quercetin and rutin, and vitamins A, B and E. The body responds extremely well to the healing properties of Buchu and the herb has been used for hundreds of years as a safe and natural treatment for the pain and chronic inflammation associated with arthritis.
- If you are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids through your diet in the form of oily fish, consider taking a good-quality supplement to relieve arthritis-associated inflammation.
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