While multivitamins and other supplements are widely known for heart health and immune function, other supplements are known to be associated with decreasing joint and muscle pain. Here are six of the most popular ones. I will preface this list by saying that although taking supplements is convenient, it should not replace the importance of getting nutrients from whole foods. Supplements are supposed to be supplemental after all.
Turmeric: Contains curcumins which are a known anti-inflammatory. A recent study showed pain reduction in patients that took (1,000mg/day) for 8-12 weeks.
Fish Oil: Fish oil supplements may not work well for some people. I recommend getting it from natural sources if possible. Foods like Tuna, Salmon, Sardines are good sources.
Collagen: Studies show that collagen intake may improve joint pain and decrease muscle soreness. This is usually sold in capsule form but it is best to get it from natural foods like chicken, bone broth, and fish.
Glucosamine + Chondroitin: Glucosamine and chondroitin are structural components of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints. Both are produced naturally in the body. They are also available as dietary supplements. This is thought to reduce pain caused by cartilage loss.
Boswellia: Boswellia is an herbal extract made from the bark of the boswellia tree. It is also known as frankincense. The resin (sticky substance found in trees and plants) is used to make an extract. In studies, a supplement containing boswellia and curcumin (Turmeric) added to standard treatments alleviated symptoms of tendinopathy.
CBD (Cannabidiol): CBD may benefit a person’s health in various ways. In 2018, studies showed that CBD reduces inflammation by preventing the release of compounds that trigger inflammation in the body. Common uses for CBD oil are as follows:
Osteoarthritis/ Joint pain
It is important to note that not all supplements are going to be 100% effective for every individual. If you are interested in trying out any of these supplements we recommend giving it at least 6 weeks and then re assess and see if they are helpful to you. The benefits are not always immediate. If you are currently taking medication you should talk to your doctor about the supplements you are interested in taking to make sure there are no possible interactions.