The following supplements help relieve the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis: chondroitin sulfate; SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine); Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense); capsaicin (Capsicum frutescens); tumeric/curcumin (Curcuma longa); fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA); NEM®(eggshell membrane) and ginger (Zingiber officinale).
4. Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin A supports bone growth; vitamin C maintains collagen and connective tissue; and vitamin D builds and maintains strong bones and helps with calcium absorption. The minerals calcium and magnesium strengthen bones.
5. Natural therapies
The following non-invasive, natural therapies may help with osteoarthritis: massage, heat pads and cold treatments, aromatherapy, occupational/and or physical therapy, and mind-body pain relief.
In the event that your symptoms and pain do not abate, do not hesitate to contact your health practitioner as prescribed medication or surgery may be needed.
Editor’s Note: For more information on joints, read my article on Joint Health.
- The Arthritis Foundation
- The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa