Good Joint Supplement
How to Choose a Good Joint Supplement
Dietary supplements are becoming very popular in today’s culture. There are many supplements out there that can assist the body or help meet nutritional needs. Arthritis is one of the main diseases that dietary supplements can help. Finding the perfect supplement for joint pain can make all the difference in the world for someone with arthritis. They can assist the body in repair, lubrication and pain control. Some products on the market may not help as much as others.
In order to find the right supplement for joint pain, the products need to be researched. Physicians today are a great resource for information regarding supplements, as more and more doctors are recommending them for their patients instead of narcotic pain control. Also, if you are on medications or have any illnesses, your doctor needs to know you are planning to take a supplement.
The most promising supplements for joint pain contain glucosamine, chondroitin or MSM which is short for (methyl-sulfonyl-methane). Glucosamine and chondroitin do a few different functions than MSM. So, it is possible a combination of two or all three may be more beneficial.
Chondroitin is an essential part of cartilage and tissues. It supplements the collagen and helps to keep it from wearing out. It can act as a natural shock absorber. Glucosamine supplements the chondroitin and may even help cartilage rebuild or further slow down wear and tear. Scientific studies show that these two supplements work the best when taken together.
Glucosamine has been found to help cartilage repair itself. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin may be able to stop the damage from arthritis, but studies are not complete on the issue. Two studies, the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention trial (GAIT) and Glucosamine Unum in Die Efficacy (GuIDE), showed that glucosamine and chondroitin can reduce pain in arthritis. Glucosamine was found in the study to work better on arthritis pain that acetaminophen. The study did not show any effects for those with only minor arthritis pain, however.
MSM is another positive ingredient in joint supplements. It appears that MSM has the ability to work like an anti-inflammatory and can relieve pain. MSM is sulfur based and found in foods such as; cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables. Be wary of store bought supplements as some can be synthetic MSM and not as effective. Just make sure to read labels and see what they are made of.
A good and very effective supplement for joint support should contain glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and MSM in combination. This is a powerful combination for arthritis and may be the best for arthritis relief. Watch for costs, some formulas can be very expensive, but contain only small amounts of needed supplements. Some manufacturers raise the cost and put less in each pill so more needs to be taken to get the needed effect. The best option is larger amounts in less dosing.
Remember to check with your physician prior to starting any supplement; take a list of all medications. Some drugs can interact with these supplements.