Best Natural Remedies for Arthritis
If you’re looking for natural remedies for arthritis, you may be confused about what’s available. You’ll find quite a variety on the market and the choice can be overwhelming. Which ones should you take? What supplements are most effective at treating arthritis?
The best supplements to take will depend on how severe your arthritis is. If there’s no major loss of articular cartilage, then it’s a good idea to start of with a green lipped mussel extract supplement.
Green lipped mussel extract has gained quite a bit of recognition as a powerful anti-inflammatory due to the rare type of omega-3 fatty acid that it contains. Scientific studies show that the mussel extract is more effective than fish oil (a very popular omega-3 supplement) at curing inflammation.
Green lipped mussel extract also has the added benefit of containing a substantial amount of glycosaminoglycans. These -œbuilding blocks- work directly on the cells to repair damaged cartilage and improve connective tissue elasticity.
If you are taking non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, which are conventionally used to treat arthritis, you’ll also be able to benefit from the gastroprotective properties of green lipped mussel extract. Conventional drugs can cause some pretty nasty side effects, including stomach ulcers and bleeding, because they also block the production of the protective compounds that line the stomach. The mussel extract can minimize these side effects, all the while helping reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory compounds in the body in the same way conventional drugs do.
Many people that take green lipped mussel extract also take fish oil as well, to boost the results. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are the most nutritionally important ones. They also have the ability to inhibit the production of inflammatory compounds in the body.
If your arthritis is more severe, it’s recommended that you take an additional anti inflammatory supplement that contains chondroitin sulfate to further aid the use and restoration of the inflamed tissue in the joints. It’s a sulfated glycosaminoglycan that can interact with a variety of proteins. It’s particularly helpful in treating osteoarthritis.
Of course, the effectiveness of these natural remedies for arthritis will only be as good as the supplements themselves. The quality of products available on the market varies hugely, especially when it comes to fish oil and green lipped mussel extract which are derived from natural sources. You may think that all of these products are the same, however many manufacturers do use low grade fish (fish containing mercury is an issue) and mussels, and cut corners with their processing methods, in order to keep costs low.
Sharell Cook is enthusiastic about natural health, and has been taking natural health supplements for many years. She writes on a range of natural health topics and enjoys introducing people to the best natural products she can find.