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Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis
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Newer information? 2007 is over 10 years ago.
Has any new info come out on this in the decade since it was written?
My doc told me to use heat for my arthritic thumb. She said nothing about supplements.
Article created on: 5/21/2007
This article is 10 years old. What does current information say?
Informative 10 year old article for comparison. I will check each suggestion and latest research.
This article is from 2007. Go to Nutrition Action, which receives no advertising, to find out the latest about this million dollar supplement business and shenanigans going on! Over 70% of supplements tested barely had any of the main ingredient in it! A lot of these things have a placebo effect, don't do a darned thing. Turmeric is the latest fad, not enough testing, and it affects in a bad way if you take certain meds. Don't waste money without checking wth a pharmacist, doctors don't know enough to give a good answer during an office visit. Careful!
I've been taking Young Living Sulfurzyme® which contains MSM. I could feel a difference in my knee when I don't take this supplement. I just recently found out that I have bone spurs and little cartilage so I am reading as much as I can about this painful health issue and treatments. I liked the way this article "graded" the supplements.
Very informative article, makes me want to learn more about what dietary supplements can assist with.
I had no benefit from chondrointin and glucosamine after taking it for three months. However, I do have benefit from cod liver oil. I take two 415mg caps daily. Each person is different for what they respond to. Even my vet reccomends cod liver oil for my older dogs joints. I have had osteoarthritis since my early 20's, in my knees and elbows secondary to my joints being hyper flexible and often slightly out of alignment.
I lost 2/3 of the cartilege (surgically removed) in my right knee due to an accident I suffered in 1996 and also have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder due to a fall in 2000 (luckily got enough range of motion back to avoid surgery). This has led to osteoarthritis in mainly the knee which has held me back considerably regarding exercise and caused weight gain. I recently started on Tumeric and it helped a great deal...and I was VERY skeptical when I started. The pain in my knee and also in my shoulder has subsided SIGNIFICANTLY. I also checked on WebMD and they show studies that Tumeric is useful for people suffering from osteoarthritis.
Thank you for this article. I am recovering from my first big osteoarthritis flare up and it was pretty scary. I am having to learn new ways to do things and I don't want this to cause me to stop losing weight (which should help ease symptoms a lot) and exercise. This gives me some things to look into, bearing safety in mind. I appreciate it.
This is so confusing to me. Other studies support that SAMe or Glucosamine sulfate have little to no effect on relieving osteoarthritis.
I have just been diagnosed with this and don't know what to do.
I think I would like to see 3 groupings for me to choose.
I would not like to shove more medication into me.
I would like to see natural supplements clearly differentiated as to whether safe for vegetarians or vegans, also gluten free - 3 main categories for me and in family.
Also I would like to see herbs and spices clearly spoken of.
I would love lists of foods to use.
I then may choose herbs that will not clash with meds, and really prefer food, spice and herb options as salads, casseroles, and soups and smoothies are becoming the staple of my dietary arrangements for certain health issues, including vital weight loss.
Oh, is that all? Any chance? Thank you.
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