Best Vitamins and Supplements for Joints

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on May 24 2017

Joint supplements both support and strengthen the elements that make up the joints. Many of these vitamins and minerals are found naturally in our diet. For individuals who have a chronic illness, like osteoarthritis or degenerative bone disease, including a supplement that contains them will ensure the body is getting exactly what it needs to be healthy and prevent further joint erosion.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is essential for the health of the cartilage in our joints. Keeping the cartilage strong and viable protects and cushions the joint. During day to day activities, joints can be forced to endure extreme amounts of pressure. Glucosamine offers vital nutrients that keep the cartilage strong and durable, no matter what type of activity you perform.

Chondroitin

Chondroitin is essential in the formation and maintenance of collagen that is needed by the joints to function efficiently. Collagen protects joints from excessive wear and tear that many athletes experience. The cushion created by the collagen fibers prevents damage from occurring when an excessive amount of stress is placed on the joints.

Curcumin/Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and swelling in the joints. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been successful for years at treating osteoarthritis.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for good joint health. Not only do they strengthen and support the connective tissue, they provide ample amounts of lubrication that allows the joints to continue to move smoothly. The lubrication also helps to prevent wear and tear injuries from conditions like osteoarthritis and degenerative bone disease.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component that makes up the synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is found in joints and is used to protect the ends of the bones from wearing unnaturally. The acid is an essential part of the synovial fluid, allowing it to keep the joints moving smoothly.

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the effects of chronic conditions like osteoarthritis and degenerative bone disease from causing extensive damage to the joints. Ginger in supplement form is easily utilized by the body and can help rebuild the tissues in the joints.

Calcium/Magnesium

Both calcium and magnesium are essential for good bone health. Taken in a 2 to 1 ratio (2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium) calcium is much easier for the body to absorb. As a person ages, it is more difficult for a person to absorb and maintain sufficient levels of calcium in the bones. A cal/mag supplement helps to keep the joints healthy and functioning efficiently.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E plays an important role in maintaining healthy tissues. Not only is it in the form of an oil and can be effective at sustaining the synovial fluids in the joint, it also helps in the healing process if a joint is injured or the connective tissues are damaged. Vitamin E is important in maintaining healthy blood cells. The blood is responsible for carrying nutrients throughout the body, especially to the joints and the connective tissues.

MSM

MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a mineral with anti-inflammatory properties. It is found naturally within the body in abundant amounts. Over time, however, the amounts of MSM can decrease dramatically, resulting in extensive joint pain. Supplementing MSM helps to protect the joints from damage caused by inflammation associated with chronic bone diseases.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is needed in minimal amounts by the body in order to maintain good bone health. A few minutes in direct sunlight will give the body what it needs to convert chemicals within the body to Vitamin D that can be utilized by the bones and connective tissues.

Supplements that support good bone health can protect against damage and may even help to prevent future damage from occurring. Protecting the joints from possible injury and the effects of chronic diseases like osteoarthritis can help to reduce pain and inflammation on a long-term basis.

 


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