If you have arthritis there is no need to go into a lengthy explanation of what it is. If you have it you KNOW that you have it, you know what the symptoms are and for sure, you know that you hurt like, well, let’s just say you hurt. There are prescription and OTC pain meds that do help with the pain, however, sometimes the side effects from those chemical compounds are worse than living with the pain. There are natural remedies that are known to be effective in treating the pain and some of those supplements can also help to prevent future painful episodes. Let me explain that a little better.
One of the major causes for severe arthritic pain is inflammation. We take all kinds of meds that are anti-inflammatory in nature. There are natural supplements that are amazingly potent anti-inflammatories. Green Tea, Resveratrol and Acai Berry are all known to be amazing natural anti-inflammatories as well as having their more publicized antioxidant properties. Taking daily supplements can reduce inflammation and lessen pain caused by that inflammation.
Two very effective supplements that are currently used for arthritis are Glucosamine and Chondroitin. You can obtain them in pill form and recently there are nutraceutical companies that combine them and offer them in a convenient skin patch form. It is important to note a word of caution here. If you have high blood sugar or suffer from diabetes it is not recommended that you use Glucosamine because it is known to elevate blood sugar levels. However, Glucosamine does more than treat pain. It also helps to repair cartilage that is the primary cause of arthritis.
There are other supplements that you may wish to investigate as well, among which are Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A and D. Just make sure that if you are currently under a doctor’s care that you consult with him/her before taking any supplements. Even if you are not presently under the care of a physician it is always recommended to consult one prior to beginning any new treatments or supplements. Nutraceuticals are not intended to take the place of medical advice.