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Evidence-based supplements to help your arthritis pain!

A lot of people that come to see us have arthritis-related aches and pains.  Often, medication such as ibuprofen and paracetamol are recommended to help ease these aches. Unfortunately, these come with side effects such as heart burn, reflux, and stomach problems. Osteopathy and exercise can really help with these symptoms, but there are some natural nutritional alternatives that you can try! 

The way that these supplements work is mainly through giving the body what it needs to create new cartilage, reduce inflammation, and strengthen joints. You can get most of these nutrients through a good balanced diets, but a top up can always help!

Researchers have found the following to help reduce pain and increase mobility.

Short term improvement (3 months)

  • Boswellia Serrata extract
  • Pycogenol
  • Cucumin (in turmeric)
  • L-Cartinine

Medium term (4-6 months):

  • Green lipid mussel extract
  • Undenatured type 2 collagen

Long term (6< months)

  • Chondroitin (usually comes with glucosamine)

The exact dose which is beneficial varies, so it’s a good idea to follow the recommended dose on the bottle – taking too much can sometimes cause a stomach upset. Some of these supplements are quite pricey so I would say its worth trying them for 4-6 weeks and if there’s no noticeable difference then to stop.

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References

Liu X, Machado GC, Eyles JP, et al Dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018;52:167-175. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/3/167

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