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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 journals. They 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.
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.
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:
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
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