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Supplements for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Many people take vitamins and supplements to help ease joint pain and arthritis. How effective are these supplements? Here are tips to help you choose the right supplements for your joints.

Arthritis Joint Pain: Supplements and Herbs

Several supplements may help manage joint pain from arthritis. Glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3, and green tea are just a few of them.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy and may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Natural glucosamine levels drop as people age.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and other foods, encourage the body to produce chemicals that help control inflammation. This supplement may help ease stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.


Green tea

Green tea contains compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful in combating join pain.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is very important for people with joint pain. Research shows that people with low levels of vitamin D may have more joint pain.
 

Calcium

Calcium is a mineral that helps your joints as well as your bones. Calcium gives your body the raw material it needs to maintain its structure.

Information About Vitamins and Supplements 

Do you know how to evaluate vitamins and supplements? There are so many vitamins, supplements, and herbal extracts on the shelves. Use these tips to find out which ones may be right for you.

Safe Upper Limits for Vitamins and Minerals

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, how much should you take? Find out the safe upper limits for the vitamins you take, as well as the recommended daily allowance you may need.

As for herbal supplements, ask your doctor about how much you should take. You may also follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

Vitamin and Supplement Glossary: Common Definitions

This glossary provides simple definitions for common terms such as antioxidants, fat soluble, or phytochemicals. Find out what the lingo really means.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on June 06, 2014

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