First, understand that there is no
"magic supplement" that will cure osteoarthritis. In this post, we'll talk about the real difference
between supplements and arthritis medication, how to select a supplement to buy
and about a few common osteoarthritis supplements, including glucosamine and
chondroitin . Also, note that the most effective, lasting treatment for the pain
associated with osteoarthritis is stretching and strengthening the surrounding
muscles in the right way.
What Are Supplements?
People have been using plants for
medicinal purposes since the beginning of civilization. Of every 10,000 compounds sampled, perhaps
one will make it to market. And that
process of bringing a new drug to market takes 10 to15 years and can cost more
than $1 billion dollars. That's a lot of
money! Considering the abundance of
potential natural therapeutic agents out there in the world, it shouldn't be
surprising that some of them have not yet been ...
Rheumatologists are keenly interested in finding medical approaches to arthritis pain which are effective, and do not cause problems for other organs including the kidney, liver and gastrointestinal system. Traditional nonpharmacological approaches to osteoarthritis management include physical therapy, exercise and weight control programs, often effective as additions to medications delivered either directly to the joint by injection or taken by mouth. Few studies have systematically compared topical nonsteroidals (compounded and applied locally), to the same agents taken by mouth. Although the skin provides a certain barrier to systemic absorption, topical NSAIDs have been traditionally regarded as offering similar risk to patients as oral medication. New data from Germany has challenged this assumption. A group from IDEA AG in Munich recently examined tiny nanoparticles (called transfersomes) which are mixed with a nonsteroidal in aqueous suspension, and applied directly to...
What are Green Lipped Mussel Extract supplements, and
should I be taking them for my osteoarthritis?
New Zealand is a beautiful
country. My family lived there when I
was 2 years old. Although I don't
remember it well, I was left with many memorable pictures of its people and
landscapes. Perhaps because my family has fond memories of our stay there, I
have always found myself partial to it.
There is a supplement that originated in New Zealand that has been gaining increasing
attention in the U.S.
I am speaking of green-lipped muscle
extract supplements. The scientific
name for the supplement is Perna canaliculus . If you have spent time on the Internet
looking for arthritis supplements, you may very well have run into this one.
idea behind green-lipped mussel extract supplements is that the extract
contains a mixture of glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, and a variety of
minerals that are purported to help arthritis sympt...
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