“Arthritis is a debilitating disease that profoundly impacts the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis,” says John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO, Arthritis Foundation. The message from Arthritis Foundation for May which is the Arthritis Awareness Month is that “Moving is the best medicine“.
From an inflammation management perspective and support joint cartilage rebuilding and support, certain science based natural supplements may work for long term use compared to NSAID pain relief medications. However, please consult with your doctor before starting any supplementation program to make sure there are no interactions. The most common natural supplements include:
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin
- MSM which is a bioactive sulfur
- Collagen (Type II) that is predominant in cartilage
- Hyaluronic Acid (Joint Fluid)
- Omega-3 fish oil
- Green-Lipid-Mussel Extract
- Borage oil
These can help to manage inflammation and reduce debilitating pain. With pain relief comes the ability to keep moving and keep up good blood circulatory health which is so essential for arthritis management. Each person is unique and some combination of these supplements can help with pain relief in a synergistic manner. Having said this, we agree with the Arthritis Foundation that “Moving is the best medicine”. Supplements and pain relief medications play only a supporting role in keeping you physically active longer!