Study Shows Natural Pain Relief
Supplements Work Better Than Celebrex

Natural pain relief supplements not only manage arthritis symptoms and other causes of joint inflammation, some like glucosamine, may promote the rebuilding of cartilage or damaged tissue at the pain source.

In addition to popular glucosamine, nine other natural pain relief supplements have been helpful for arthritis and joint issues. They include fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids), the herbs boswellia and safflower, and vitamins B, C, E, calcium, GLA (omega-6 fatty acids) and plant-based lecithin.

A 2006 government-sponsored study had overall findings that natural glucosamine supplements (see last paragraph for the one we feature) actually work better than the

Glucosamine Supplement

prescribed Celebrex (celecoxib) in providing significant pain relief for patients with moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis.

Millions of Americans now choose natural relief treatments when side effects from long-term use of traditional drug therapies are a concern or have simply not provided acceptable results. And some natural remedies for arthritis not only can ease pain and swelling, they target and work to repair the causes of symptoms.

Our bodies efficiently assimilate plant nutrient ingredients found in natural dietary supplements, unlike synthetic drugs that are not recognized by the body as nutritive or food. Pharmaceuticals have little or no nutrient value at the cellular level.

Arthritis Foundation estimates 91 million Americans suffer joint pain

In America, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, but may be as high as 91 million when including those yet undiagnosed, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects an estimated 31 million Americans. Almost

300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

Pain is the body's natural warning system and it deserves a natural response.

An estimated 187 million American adults take dietary supplements. When polled, the majority of users cited the most prevalent reason for taking supplements was to improve their overall health and well being, according to the Natural Products Association, a non-profit dietary supplement industry association.

In an attempt to relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis, U.S. consumers accounted for $872 million in annual sales of supplements containing glucosamine, according to a 2017 meta-analysis on dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis published in the BMJ Journal of Sports Medicine. This systematic review estimated glucosamine-containing supplements make up one-third of the arthritis and joint disorders market.

Natural pain relief supplements are an alternative to painkilling drugs

In doing research to find high-quality dietary supplements, I discovered the market is a minefield of inferior, substandard products. The American public appears to believe that if a natural product is on the market, it must be "government approved". Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not all natural dietary supplements are equal

Between 1994 and 2007, the industry was virtually unregulated. It experienced a growth explosion that continues to this day. Annual U.S. retail sales of vitamins and nutritional supplements grew from $17.2 billion in 2000 to $36.1 billion for 2017, according to the statistics portal, Statica.

Because dietary supplements are considered a subset of food, they are not regulated as stringently as pharmaceutical drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the enforcement arm of the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) rule, which when introduced in 2007 was met by critical outcry as being "too loose" and "lacking teeth" to adequately protect the consumer.

The guidelines do not require pre-market testing to confirm efficacy. Therefore, no placebo controlled clinical studies are necessary and any dietary supplement maker can market a natural pain relief product, for example, simply based on the claims it makes, as long as it makes no claim to cure or heal. 

The regulations do not mandate consistent, standardized, or sophisticated testing methods. In fact, they only require "at least one test" for manufacturers regarding ingredients. FDA facilities inspections have found more than 60% of supplement companies in manufacturing violations affecting purity, quality and content/label discrepancies and much more.

The bulk of raw material is imported from China and India, yet some companies barely test or do not test at all. Some are "spiking" dietary supplements with undisclosed drugs. Undetected tainted and illegal supplements are on market shelves at this very moment. Be careful to choose only high quality, trusted supplements.

How to spot supplement companies to avoid for natural pain relief

If you don’t have the time or the patience to investigate a manufacturer’s standards of excellence, here’s a list of things to be on the lookout for in advertising copy of natural pain relief supplements:

  1. Beware of natural relief treatments promotions using these words: exclusive, secret, proven, miracle, breakthrough, overnight, or cure.
  2. Beware of glowing testimonials from supposedly satisfied pain sufferers
  3. Beware of put downs against standard medical practice treatment
  4. Beware of promises for a complete cure from arthritis or other conditions
  5. Beware of the guarantee of no side effects
  6. Beware of the words “limited offer” or “special”
  7. Beware of natural pain relief treatments offered from foreign or exotic locations
  8. Beware of natural pain relief treatment sensationalized in magazine ads or in tabloids
  9. Beware when the natural remedy is repeatedly touted as “natural” and proclaimed as the only sensible alternative to dangerous drugs and surgery
  10. Beware of meaningless medical terms, fancy scientific explanations that may be used to cover up a lack of scientific proof of their product
  11. Beware of any proposed natural pain relief remedies for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions that cannot be backed up by scientific clinical trials.
  12. Beware! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t as good as it sounds.

If you are considering taking a dietary supplement as natural pain relief for arthritis or undiagnosed pain, always talk to your doctor first. If you have a product in mind, tell him/her the brand name, or better yet, the name of the manufacturer and what you know about them.

One dietary supplement company is a clear industry leader

To help me find a company that I could trust for making top quality natural products, I devised a list of 30 Questions to ask of a manufacturer to determine its standards of excellence.

Many of the 30 excellence questions are intended to reveal a company’s commitment to science and determine the number (if any) of randomized, placebo-controlled studies they have personally conducted.

The answers unquestionably led me to the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S., a science-based manufacturer that obsesses in safety, purity, and efficacy.  They are remarkably different when compared to the competition.  They are the 

same company that my husband and I use for nearly all of our dietary supplements, including three products that provide natural pain relief.

During my research, they were the only dietary supplement company that has had over 135 clinical research trials, including 100 manuscripts published in leading refereed medical journalsThey have a full time scientific staff of 70 leading research physicians, scientists and trained specialists. This industry leader appears to have more published clinical studies than any other nutritional companies, by far.

Their commitment to science is so much a part of their image that it created a public website that includes their Complete Research Archive of 135 studies on their own products, as well as other links, such as their ingredient glossary.

They are 'beyond organic' and their approach to quality and proving their products are safe and effective elevates their standing in the industry.

Our personal testimony for natural pain relief of arthritis

My husband and I have reduced our arthritis symptoms (scroll this linked page for details) by taking dietary supplements that contain glucosamine, boswellia, safflower, GLA and fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids). We believe that our regimen of taking an assortment of other nutritional supplements, like calcium and lecithin and vitamins B, C, and E have improved overall health, helped us feel better and perhaps also help reduce our symptoms.

My husband had very severe knee osteoarthritis (both knees) caused from sports injuries. He plays tennis three to four times a week. In 1999 he opted for arthroscopic meniscus repair in his left knee, but his surgeon recommended knee replacement at the time. Through natural supplementation, he continued to play tennis for sixteen more years until he re-injured his left knee in November, 2015. He underwent total knee replacement, followed by total right knee replacement in February, 2016. He still plays tennis three to four times a week. His joint issue now is an X-ray diagnosis of severe osteoarthritis in his right shoulder. However, the pain, flexibility and range of motion is well-managed as he continues to take natural pain relief supplements.

I have neck arthritis from a 1991 auto accident. As we’ve aged, stiffness and swelling became more pronounced. Lack of flexibility and mobility also occurred in the affected joints. The need for natural pain relief supplements for our arthritis increased.

I have a sensitive digestive tract and cannot “stomach” pain killers, whether prescription or over-the-counter. I am also chemically-sensitive and susceptible to experiencing drug side effects. Finding natural alternatives was a necessity and in my opinion a better choice.

Since 2003, when our nutritional company introduced a scientifically designed natural pain relief program, we have weaned ourselves away from drugs. The three-product system is referred to as The Pain Trio

We no longer use non-steroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs (NSAIDs) or pharmaceuticals of any kind for relief of pain and arthritis symptoms.

Ten featured natural pain relief supplements

Including glucosamine, we’ve identified ten natural pain relief dietary supplements that are beneficial for people with pain and inflammation, whether it be for most types of arthritis or for other conditions.

The ten bold links below will take you to the product pages of the science-based industry leader we use for natural supplements. This company is internationally-known for the science behind their products.

Note: The unbold links lead to natural pain relief ingredient information pages on this website:

  1. Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) Numerous studies have shown the benefits of omega-3’s (EPA in particular) which helps the body tip the balance towards an anti-inflammatory state. To get in your sufficient omega-3’s in the amounts used in studies, you’d have to eat three servings of fish daily. Fatty acids must be consumed as the body cannot make them for itself. Top notch fish oil supplements, free of impurities, helps your cells stop inflammation—a root cause of rheumatoid arthritis and, to a lesser degree, osteoarthritis. If you’re on blood-thinners, including aspirin, you should always check first with your doctor before starting a supplement program. Click on this link for more information on fish oil.
  2. Glucosamine Clinical studies indicate that glucosamine hydrochloride is most effective when arthritis symptoms are moderate to severe. Glucosamine hydrochloride actually rebuilds the cartilage between the joints. Click on this short video for details. With this natural vegetarian glucosamine supplement, you’re not just treating the symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness, you may improve the health of your joints. Glucosamine is widely available as a nutritional supplement in different formulations. The market is saturated with glucosamine products. There are many brand names, many claims, many testimonies and a lot of hype. Buy from a reputable manufacturer. Know what you’re getting. Click on this link for more information on glucosamine natural supplements.
  3. Boswellia and
  4. Safflower Oil When the boswellia herb and oil from the safflower are used in combination, it creates a potent, natural pain relief supplement without gastrointestinal side effects. In studies, these two ingredients together are more effective when combined than they are separately. The safflower extract contains a potent ingredient that is a very selective Cox 2 inhibitor. The boswellia extract is a very potent 5 Lox inhibitor. With optimized extraction procedures to get the most potent formulations of the inhibitors, you have a product that’s effective against both the 5 Lox and the Cox 2 pain pathways—both of the major pathways—which is the only product on the market of its kind. Its formulation and synergy is so unique that there is a patent on this arthritis supplement. Click on this link for more on boswellia. Click this for more on safflower.
  5. Vitamin C A sustained release Vitamin C supplement is very important in building collagen, which is an important component of cartilage. Vitamin C is needed to help with the cartilage rebuilding process. Vitamin C is also important for building the matrix upon which the bone is laid down. It is also an essential anti-oxidant, which sweeps the body of destructive free radicals, which are destructive to joint health. The clinically proven delivery system used in the all natural sustained release 500 mg vitamin C supplement my husband and I use has been shown to maintain vitamin C levels for 12 hours. The Framingham osteoarthritis study found that people whose diets routinely included high amounts of vitamin C had significantly less risk of their arthritis progressing.
  6. GLA (Borage Oil) GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) from borage seed oil is an effective natural supplement for reducing inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis with few side effects, several studies show. The human body produces its own GLA from linoleic acid, but production diminishes with aging, disease states, and specific dietary deficiencies. Good news for arthritis sufferers, the body uses GLA to form prostaglandins—potent, hormone-like substances that help regulate bodily processes such as metabolic rate, pain, inflammation and circulation. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. When taken orally, GLA promotes improvements related to joint pain and stiffness and strength of grip. Click this link for more on GLA.
  7. Calcium Everyone has heard about the benefits of calcium. But did you know that 44 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis, including half of women over the age of 50. Also, 78% of women over age 20 get less than their 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of dairy consumption and calcium intake, yet has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. Think of calcium as the bricks to building strong and healthy bones. Bricks can only be strong and stable when combined with mortar. In the case of calcium, the mortar consists of vitamin D, magnesium, boron, vitamin K, zinc, copper and manganese. The calcium complex supplement my husband and I use is the comprehensive, clinically proven, easy to swallow formulation described above, which is beneficial for everyone, but especially those with arthritis.
  8. Lecithin Lecithin contains important fatty acids. The supplement we use for lecithin is sourced from organic non-genetically modified soybeans. Lecithin is sometimes referred to as nature’s natural emulsifier. Lecithin provides an excellent source of choline, which is essential for every living cell and is one of the main components of cell membranes. Choline is also an important component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in the transmission of messages throughout the brain and nervous system. Lecithin also helps to absorb fat-soluble nutrients in our diet, like beta carotene and the Vitamins A, D, E and K, so having lecithin in your intestinal tract will help you to protect your bones, because both vitamin D and vitamin K are bone builders.
  9. Vitamin E Vitamin E is an antioxidant (like Vitamin C) that protects the body and its joints from free radicals. There are no conclusive studies showing that Vitamin E is markedly effective protection against arthritis. However, its properties indicate that it can help prevent or slow joints from becoming progressively worse. When choosing a top quality Vitamin E supplement with 400 I.U, be sure it has d-alpha tocopherol concentrate and mixed tocopherols concentrate. Look for it in combination with at least 65 mcg of selenium and 38 mg of grapeseed extract as these three components combined deliver potent antioxidant protection from free radical cell damage. Also look for natural Vitamin E as it is more biologically active than the synthetic form and is better retained by the body for more effective antioxidant protection.
  10. B-Vitamins Vitamin B6 and folate (folic acid) are the two B-vitamins most likely to be lacking in people with arthritis. These two cousin chemicals from the B-vitamin family are lacking in the population at large—for example, one study found 90 percent of women don’t get enough B6 in their diets. There’s also evidence that the inflammation process in people with rheumatoid arthritis rapidly uses up these B vitamins. This is not good news for arthritis sufferers as these B vitamins are active in a variety of bodily functions, including the manufacturing of protein, the building block for tissues such as cartilage. While B-vitamins are available separately, a preferred way is to take a B complex supplement that contains all of the B-vitamins in balance (the same as B's are found in nature). Biotin and folate should be at least 100% of the Daily Value, the remaining B's higher, but none higher than 1350% DV. Another way to take B-vitamins in natural supplements is to choose a balanced whole food multivitamin. Stay away from high-dosage, single nutrient B supplements that may pose nerve damage risks. B-vitamins taken within the formulation of a multivitamin should be well balanced. When choosing B-vitamin supplements, do so in a multivitamin that provides 100% of the RDA of 2 mg for B6 and 400 mcg (0.4mg) for folate. Look also for Vitamin B12 at 6 mcg (100%) which works in tandem with folate. Click on this link for more information on multivitamin multimineral supplements

Featured natural pain relief supplements for arthritis and other causes of inflammation

What is my recommendation for natural pain relief, whether for arthritis or other forms of inflammation?

For osteoarthritis joint pain, I recommend an advanced formula vegetarian glucosomine supplement that outscored popular competition in a 2011 clinical study.

Instead, we’ve substituted three separate products, two natural herbal pain relief and joint health supplements and an herbal-based topical arthritis pain relief cream, with excellent results.

These natural pain relief supplements not only relieve pain,

they rebuild joint cartilage and help improve overall health. And they provide natural herbal pain relief without the side effects of drugs!

I’m happy to confidently recommend this highly effective natural pain relief trio of supplements..

Here are separate links to each of the three product pages:

Joint Health Glucosamine and Boswellia complex

Natural pain relief Boswellia and Safflower complex

Menthol analgesic pain cream

Natural Pain Relief Disclaimer: Health statements on this Natural Pain Relief page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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