Joint Pain Supplements

Written by James Lyons
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There are a number of different over-the-counter joint pain supplements that offer relief from arthritis pain. Some even claim to have the power to reverse the symptoms of arthritis. Before you take any of these supplements, do your research on the products and see if they've been tested. Nutritional supplements aren't subjected to the same rigorous tests that prescription drugs face. They certainly aren't subject to the same scrutiny.

Talk to your physician and see what she says about joint pain supplements. Unfortunately, some physicians have agreements with certain drug companies so their feedback could potentially be skewed. Most doctors, however, maintain strong ethical standards and would rather help their patients than line their own pockets. The library and the Internet are also resources you can use to investigate certain nutritional supplements for arthritis.

Some Examples of Powerful Supplements

Glucosamine, emu oil, and chondroitin sulfate are three supplements that have received a great deal of attention in recent years. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are the essential "building blocks" for the body's cartilage. Cosamin DS, a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, is a supplement offered over-the-counter that has yielded some positive results. It has worked best in those people who suffer from mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

Emu oil is another product that has yielded some interesting results. In studies involving the use of emu oil to treat various joint disorders like arthritis, patients reported no allergic reactions, reduced pain, reduced swelling, and less overall stiffness in the areas where the emu oil was applied. This substance has a unique ability to penetrate human skin without irritation and attack arthritis symptoms.

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