What supplements I use to help combat Arthritis

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[NOTE: these are not prescriptions, I’m sharing this as my own experience in helping to reduce arthritic pain and inflammation – you may need to experiment with the dosage you take and always consult your doctor for possible drug interactions.]

Many people and clients have asked me about this and I have grown weary of writing down the list each time.  So here it is:

All of this was passed on to me except the Bromelain – which I reasearched. It works to some degree. I will begin the list with the least expensive and work up to the most expensive. The least expensive places to buy these supplements are at Amazon or Vitacost with two exceptions.

  1. MSM (methylsufonylmethane) 1,000 mg per day with and equal amount of Vitamin C to activate it. It will take up to two weeks for any noticeable effect. MSM occurs naturally in foods. It treats joint pain, muscle cramps and may decrease joint degeneration. It is used in treating other problems see: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/msm-methylsulfonylmethane-uses-and-risks#1
  2. Turmeric anywhere from 450 mg to 1,000 mg per day for lessening inflammation: https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/
  3. Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) I take two tabs of 500 mg on an empty stomach per day. Normally Bromelain is used as a digestive enzyme – in Europe they have used it as a natural anti-inflammatory. I’ve experimented with taking up to 3,000 mg at one time and although it eliminated the pain completely it also produced dizziness boarding on vertigo. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-895-bromelain.aspx?activeingredientid=895&activeingredientname=bromelain
  4. Cayenne in capsules I take two 500mg x once per day for reducing arthritic pain. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-945-Cayenne+Pepper+CAPSICUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=945&activeIngredientName=Cayenne+Pepper+(CAPSICUM)&source=2
  5. Glucosamine 750 mg / Chondroitin 600mg for joint pain. Some swear by this I’m not sure it has any effect on me. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/10/facts-about-joint-supplements/index.htm
  6. Hyaluronic Acid 100mg to assist joints. I get the Now brand without additions of Collagen. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1062-hyaluronic%20acid.aspx?activeingredientid=1062&
  7. Fish Oil 1,000 mg for joints (it also has been used to treat depression) I take 1 capsule of 1,000 mg per day. http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/omega-3-fish-oil-supplements-for-high-blood-pressure
  8. Flex Now 2,250 mg of Shea butter helps with maintaining cartilage and bone, reduces pain and inflammation. It takes 30 to 60 days to notice a result. http://www.powerofshea.com/
  9. Topical – Helichrysum essential oil

Where I buy:

  1. MSM 1,000 mg from VitaCost.com 240 capsules from the Vitacost brand
  2. Turmeric from either Vitacost or Amazon
  3. Bromelain – Source Naturals 500mg per tablet, 120 tabs per bottle and I get two bottles from Amazon at a good price.
  4. Cayenne – I get it from the Now brand from Amazon
  5. Glucosamine 750 mg / Chondroitin 600mg from Costco 220 tablets per bottle
  6. Hyaluronic Acid – from Vitacost or Amazon
  7. Fish Oil 1,000 mg per soft gel; 400 tabs per bottle at Costco
  8. Flex Now from their website two bottles of 90 tabs each (180 tabs altogether) for $59.95 not including shipping. Amazon and Vitacost charge about $60 per bottle:     http://www.powerofshea.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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