My daily joint supplements, and how they work:
Though I use these supplements for knee pain, from previous surgeries, you can use them for most joint pains. There are no shortage of supplements for nearly every ailment known, but we should be aware of how they work and the proper dosage.
MSM: methyl-sulfonyl-methane, is the 3rd largest nutrient found in the body and all vertebrates. MSM is integral to the function and production of glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidants we produce. This compound is water soluble, making it easily digestible. It helps to dissolve calcium deposits in the body, which are the root cause of degenerative diseases, like arthritis. It helps reduce: inflammation and swelling, improves circulation and joint flexibility.
Omega 3: (EPA & DHA) a type of fat, primarily found in fish. Omega 3 helps to reduce inflammation, partially by reducing the amount of omega 6, which is converted in to inflammatory chemicals in the body. Although research suggest this fat is more affective for rheumatoid arthritis than for osteoarthritis, than can have a synergistic effect with other anti-inflammatory medicine. As a bonus, it can also help to lower the risk of heart disease.
Turmeric: (curcumin) a yellow colored spice, used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, has string anti-inflammatory properties. How you ask? Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule the travels to the nuclei of a cell and turns on genes related to inflammation. Since curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, it helps to consume it with black pepper, which enhances is bioavailability (absorption). It’s also fat soluble, so may be more easily digested with a fatty food.
Side note, while I have tried glucosamine and chondroiten, I had some uncomfortable ‘reflux’ type side effects.