Most of us will develop some arthritic aches and pains as we age, and some of us are struck earlier in life with autoimmune arthritis conditions. For fitness enthusiasts arthritis can sometimes be even more severe because of repetitive motions and heavy lifting.
Pain relief medicine for arthritis pain in the knees, hips, shoulders, neck, or anywhere else in the body often comes with side effects and is hard on the stomach and liver, plus it only provides you with temporary relief.
Keeping up physical activity levels with low-impact workouts is one of the best things you can do for arthritis relief, and there are also several natural supplements that can help relieve aches and pains and potentially help to support your body’s natural ability to assist with future flare-ups
Our top picks of the 7 best natural supplements to help you reduce your arthritis pain and have healthier joints are*:
- Deer Antler Velvet
- Fish Oil
- Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Read on to learn more about how you can find arthritis pain relief with these natural supplements.
Boswellia is a resin that comes from the Boswellia tree that is common in India, which is why this supplement is sometimes called “Indian Frankincense.” Boswellia has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, which means that it reduces swelling. Some studies have shown that the active compounds found in Boswellia are as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in reducing swelling (but without the digestive side-effects).
Curcumin is a chemical that is already in your spice cabinet! Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric. This powerful supplement has been shown to reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness related to arthritis by blocking certain enzymes that can attack the joints and cause arthritis symptoms. Curcumin can be found as a standalone supplement, but you may want to look for a Curcumin/Fish Oil blend. This combo is a strong 1-2 punch to combat inflammation and pain.
Deer Antler Velvet*
In addition to its many other benefits, the constituents in well harvested deer antler velvet, are shown to potentially help with arthritis. According to WebMD - pilose, contained in deer antler velvet, may help reduce inflammation. Deer Antler Velvet also has three compounds known to support joint health: glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen. Deer Antler Velvet is often used as a fitness supplement, and research has found that these may help strengthen knee extension.
Fish Oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids which can help ward off inflammation and support bone health. Arthritis pain is often the result of swelling in and around the joints. Fish Oil reduces that swelling (inflammation) with two of its active compounds: DHA and EPA. Fish Oil is also a potent heart health supplement, so it helps you keep your joints moving and your heart pumping to stay strong and active.
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)*
Gamma-Linolenic Acid or “GLA” is an omega-6 fatty acid that helps support joint health. GLA is found in borage oil, black currant oil, and evening primrose oil. GLA has been studied in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (“RA”) and it reduced many symptoms including pain and stiffness, and actually helped increase strength. Some studies have shown that GLA is as effective as fish oil and DHA in reducing arthritis symptoms.
Glucosamine*Glucosamine is a compound that occurs naturally in healthy cartilage tissue in humans. Taking Glucosamine supplements which are harvested from shell fish can help reduce inflammation and help the body regenerate new, healthy cartilage which support joints. Glucosamine is often combined with chondroitin which is another compound found in cartilage that helps keep it lubricated. If you have a shell fish allergy or sensitivity you will want to skip this one, but it is a long-time favorite for natural arthritis management.
It may seem odd to treat a joint problem with a digestive supplement, but many inflammatory and autoimmune conditions like arthritis are directly related to, “gut health.” Your diet in general can affect your joint health, but an unhealthy imbalance of digestive bacteria in particular is linked with arthritis pain. Certain digestive bacteria like Prevotella may trigger flare-ups for people who have arthritis by overtaking “good bacteria” that keep the body balanced and keep inflammation at bay. A Probiotic supplement can help the “good bacteria” balance out the “bad bacteria” so you can avoid the physical symptoms of a digestive imbalance.
These 7 supplements can help you manage your arthritis pain and swelling and reduce the amount of pain medication you rely on. Many of these are safe to take at the same time and a combination like Deer Antler Velvet, Fish Oil and Probiotics will offer a wide spectrum of benefits beyond just arthritis relief.
Everyone is different, and supplements that work for one person may not be as effective for another. Don’t be afraid to try out a few weeks of each supplement to see how your body responds. Also, pay attention to the potency and source quality for any supplement you choose. You deserve relief and to get the most value for the dollars you spend. Low-cost supplements often have more fillers than active ingredients. Spending a little more on a high-quality supplement is often well worth it to make sure that you’re getting the best ingredients and the most potent formula for optimal results.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of these supplements and found it helpful for relieving joint pain? Leave us a comment below.