Top Supplements for Joint Pain
Curcumin is a powerful inflammation modulator and antioxidant. It is great for acute and chronic musculoskeletal injury/inflammation such as tendonitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also help to improve digestion, cholesterol levels, and liver inflammation. Curcumin is a constituent of turmeric, a spice and medicinal herb used for thousands of years in India, it’s what gives curry its yellow color! Enjoy the benefits of curcumin by using turmeric on your food or receive a therapeutic dose via supplementation!
Devil’s Claw, botanical name Harpagophytum Procumbens, is a powerful inflammatory modulator, anodyne (help with pain), and anti-rheumatic, meaning that it specifically reduces inflammation in joints and muscles. It can reduce inflammation in many conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, and chronic low back pain. This herb is most effective after prolonged use, at least 4 weeks.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, specifically DHA and EPA, promote the production of anti-inflammatory factors in the body and reduce production of molecules linked to inflammation. A diet high in fish and seafood is the ideal way to receive these nutrients with the greatest anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective effects, such as decreased coronary artery disease, decrease lipid levels and reduce blood pressure. Supplementation is also very beneficial for musculoskeletal pains and for cardioprotection.
Ginger, botanical name Zingiber Officinale, is a potent inflammatory modulator, it inhibits prostaglandin biosynthesis (inflammatory molecules) and inhibits Lipoxygenase and COX (enzymes that produces pro-inflammatory molecules). Ginger is especially beneficial for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and sprain/strains. Ginger is also used to reduce nausea in motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy. It is also great for the GI tract to reduce gas/bloating, IBS, and dyspepsia.