Arthritis effects millions of people and can afflict any joint in the body causing pain, swelling, stiffness and even fatigue. It can be irritated my movement, weather or poor diet/exercise lifestyle. Fortunately we can fight back. Here are four supplements known to help the symptoms of arthritis...
Devils Claw: Fruit bearing plant native to South Africa. Used to treat neck/back pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Tendinitis. A four month study published the journal Joint Bone Spine compared Devils Claw to a popular European Osteoarthritis drug known as Diacerhein and found it to be as effective at relieving pain and improving mobility.
Boswellia Serrata: An ayurvedic plant with anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study (2008) showed favorable results for people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. It was suggested that Boswellia reduced pain and improved physical function. An even earlier report suggest Boswellia may be useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Glucosamine Sulfate: originating from shell fish, this form of glucosamine has been used as a substitute for Aspirin and Ibuprofen to relieve discomfort caused by arthritis. Some studies have shown this particular form of glucosamine to be more effective than its counterpart (glucosamine HCL).
Curcumin: this is actually the active part of the plant known as Tumeric (part of the Ginger family) and has been used for centuries to treat more than just joint stiffness. Recent animal studies have suggested Curcumin to have anti-arthritic properties
Each of these supplements has been shown to be helpful for arthritis. They can be purchased individually at your local health store or found online at gnc.com. Perhaps a combination of all four would have a stronger effect on pain and swelling.
There are a few products on the market today that do contain all four ingredients. One such product is Velatol EX. Its powerful ingredients have caught the eye of major media publications like ABC NEWS, Today Show, CNN.com, and the New York Times.