Thousands of people are looking for natural arthritis supplements, especially since the blockbuster COX-2 inhibitor pharmaceutical arthritis pain drugs have been shown to pose significant health risks. Vioxx from Merck was pulled off the market and the latest studies are showing that Pfizer’s Celebrex and Bextra are dangerous as well.
What we will discuss below are certain supplements that may help those suffering from arthritis. There are not enough scientific studies out there to say conclusively that any of these work, but there is evidence that suggests they may help.
More studies undoubtedly will be conducted on all of these supplements in the future that reveal more about their efficacy or lack thereof.
The pain and aches from rheumatoid arthritis are associated with the inflammation of the joints: hands, fingers, ankles, feet, back, etc.
Therefore, some natural health experts advocate using supplements or consuming foods and beverages that harbor powerful ant-inflammatory properties.
Some of these may be herbs, while others are not. But, all of them may offer some relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
First, let’s discuss some of the herbs and spices that have known anti-inflammatory agents.
Turmeric: this is a spice used often in Indian ethnic cooking. It contains active constituents, most famously curcumin, that have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger: we all know about ginger, but you need to either consume the real thing or find a quality supplement that uses high potency extract. Most sources of ginger–such as candies or the popular ginger sale bought at supermarkets–simply don’t have any active constituents and, therefore, will not be beneficial.
Both of these herbs/spices can be found in a powerful health supplement called Total Balance.
Moving away from just rheumatoid arthritis herbal remedies, there are other nutrients that show promise for this condition. One of them is fish oil supplements,which some studies indicate may help people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Fish oils contain potent anti-inflammatory properties, and we all know they are good for heart and brain health as well.
Just make sure you choose a high quality fish oil supplement that has undergone molecular distillation to remove contaminants.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are two very popular arthritis supplements. They are not considered herbs, but glucosamine is argued to help build cartilage and may possibly slow the deterioration of existing cartilage. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties.
MSM, a form of organic sulfur, is another one of the most popular arthritis supplements. MSM also harbors anti-inflammatory properties.
Writing in The Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine Ronald M. Lawrence MD states: ” MSM takes three to four weeks before you have noticable changes…except in rheumatioid patients–they have felt differences in just one day, and certainly by three or four days.”
Please remember that these arthritis supplements may interact with prescription or over the counter drugs you are taking, so be sure to discuss them with your physician first.