The Best Supplements for Joint Health

Staff WriterLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 7:00:15 PM ET
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Achy joints can interfere with your ability to exercise, work, take care of your home and family and even move around. It's a problem that approximately a quarter of all Americans deal with due to arthritis, notes Healthline. Fortunately, there are some supplements available that may help relieve that pain.

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Glucosamine

Some doctors recommend taking a glucosamine joint supplement to help prevent the wearing down of the cartilage, which prevents the bones in your joints from rubbing together. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance in your cartilage, but as you age, your body loses it. Taking the supplement may help with pain, and it may help prevent the progression of certain types of arthritis. It may also decrease the amount of inflammation in your joints.

Turmeric

You may have heard talk about the pain and inflammation relief that turmeric supplements can bring to your body. Some people report it's similar to taking ibuprofen, and some medical professionals believe it could help combat many chronic health issues and illnesses. That's because of a pain- and inflammation-fighting compound called curcumin that is found in turmeric. Essentially, the curcumin fights molecules that invade your body and lead to inflammation. Turmeric could potentially also lower your risk of developing heart disease and the cognitive diseases that usually come with age.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is another supplement that gets a lot of attention these days. That's because it contains omega-3 fatty acids that can also help fight inflammation in your body. While more research is needed, studies have shown that it may help relieve joint pain in people with certain health issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin D

As people age, they tend to become deficient in vitamin D. Doctors believe this can lead to a number of health issues, including joint pain. Studies have shown that people who are deficient in the vitamin tend to experience joint pain more frequently than those who aren't deficient. It's also essential for strong bones and muscles, which are musts if you want to have strong joints. Finally, vitamin D may help fight inflammation.

Devil's Claw

Devils' claw is an herb that, according to some studies, can help lower inflammation, including in the joints, and it has been used to fight arthritis in the past. It's also been used to treat problems like atherosclerosis, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, back pain, muscle pain, heartburn and menstrual issues, according to WebMD. More research is needed to determine the exact role devil's claw plays in alleviating joint pain, but, so far, results seem promising.