Osteoarthritis is a disorder that leads to impairment or failure of one or more joints in your body. It usually involves complete joints, and the surrounding muscles, bones and ligaments.
This condition can’t be cured, but the symptoms could be relieved. Some osteoarthritis cases do not need medical assistance, but most of them do. The common medicine usually suggests painkillers, such as non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), paracetamol and opioids. There are also medications that could be injected into the affected joint, electrical nerve stimulation and thermo therapy. Patients suffering from severe osteoarthritis could be referred to pshychotherapy or recommended to use certain devices that would help them to walk properly. Extremely difficult cases of this condition are directed to surgery to relieve the arthritis.
Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)
ASU are vegetable extract from oils of avocado and soy. Some clinical research has shown that these extracts have positive effects to osteoarthritis patients.
This South African shrub is a popular supplement these days. It is used to treat different joint problems, including osteoarthritis.
The healthy cartilage in the body naturally contains glucosamine. This substance is therefore used as supplement beneficial to osteoarthritis. There are no definite scientific conclusions whether this substance really helps.
This is a liquid supplement, mainly consisted of vitamin C and glucosamine and believed to relieve some osteoarthritis symptoms.
This dietary supplement also contains glucosamine and chondroitin. It might ease the pain and provide better mobility to affected patients.
This supplement is rich in gelatin and other substances considered good for bones and joints. Usually, it is used in treatment of mild to moderate cases of osteoarthritis.
This is a natural antioxidant, derived from the French maritime pine tree. Almost 50% of patients treated with pycnogel experienced some improvement in their joints.
LitoZin or rose hips are actually seed pods of the roses. There are few studies about the connection between rose hips and osteoarthritis, but some has shown the efficiency of rose hips powder.
Stinging nettle extract is used to ease the pain in joints. Inform your doctor if you are using this supplement, for it may interfere with some other medications and remedies.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is a popular supplement among osteoarthritis patients. It is believed to improve cartilage condition and lessen the damage to the joints.
Move free contains glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, and some herbs (Chinese scullcap and black catechu). It is marketed as the substance that helps your joints in just a week.
This supplement is considered to help lubricating and rebuilding your joints.