Recommended supplements for joint pain

Ongoing evidence and research is supporting a number of supplements that can be effective in managing joint pain and help long term conditions.

Glucosamine.

Glucosamine is a key component in cartilage around your joints.

Research by scientists has shown that taking a daily glucosamine sulfate supplement could improve osteoarthritis-related joint pain and slow the progress of the condition.

Omega-3

Omega-3 has a range of health benefits, and omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects which make a good remedy for joint pain.

A 2016 review of study evidence found that regularly taking omega-3 reduces joint discomfort and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

The review found in some cases the effect was so significant that they were able to stop taking their pain medication.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a frequently used spice in South Asian foods like curries and has a long history in medicine.

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which can in turn help reduce the pain of sore, inflamed joints.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and research suggests it can reduce short term inflammation.

Ginger

Ginger contains the anti-inflammatory compound gingerol, which has pain-relieving properties.

However, studies that have looked into the efficacy of ginger to treat joint pain have looked at high doses of ginger extract – so the effects you get from ordinary supplements may not quite be as strong.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is most commonly known for being the compound that gives chillis their heat.

But, it can also reduce the release of signals that cause pain in the body.

It’s available in creams, patches and gels, and the effects last a few hours, so you can reapply whenever you need to during the day.