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The Best Supplements for Keeping Your Joints Happy and Healthy


By Head Chiropractor Dr Nick Grier MSc Dc

Maintaining joint health is key to an active and enjoyable life. With the right supplements, a balanced diet, and regular exercise, you can support your joints and keep moving smoothly and pain-free. So, let’s dive into the best supplements that can support your joint health, according to the latest research and expert recommendations.

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is a superstar for joint health. Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, especially in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. To get the most benefits, aim for a supplement that contains EPA and DHA, the most potent forms of omega-3s.

2. Glucosamine and Chondroitin

These two are like the dynamic duo for joint support. Glucosamine helps build cartilage, while chondroitin keeps it hydrated and healthy. Together, they can slow down cartilage breakdown and ease joint pain. They’re particularly popular for managing knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

3. Vitamin D

Often overlooked but vitally important, vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone and joint health. It helps your body absorb calcium, maintains strong bones and supports joint function. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to increased risk of joint pain and arthritis, so make sure you’re getting enough, either through your diet, sunlight, or supplements.

4. Curcumin (Turmeric)

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It’s been shown to help alleviate joint pain and inflammation, making it a favourite among natural health enthusiasts. For the best results, look for supplements with enhanced absorption, like those containing piperine (black pepper extract).

5. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

MSM is a sulfur-containing compound that has shown promise in reducing joint pain and inflammation, improving flexibility, and supporting overall joint health. It’s often used in combination with glucosamine and chondroitin for enhanced joint care.

6. Collagen

Collagen is a major component of joint cartilage, and supplementing with it may help improve joint health and reduce pain. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides, in particular, are easily absorbed by the body and can support the repair and maintenance of joint tissue.

Before You Start

While these supplements can support joint health, it’s important to talk to us before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you have existing health conditions or are taking other medications. Ask me at your next visit.

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