So far there isn’t any medical treatment for diseases such as osteoarthritis. No medicine to cure the illness or even to slow down the progression. Because of this more and more people, have been looking outside traditional medicine, in order to find something that could help them, even just a little bit. Things such as acupuncture, healing or dietary supplements such as magnesium, omega-3, chondroitin sulfate or glucosamine.
But do these things really work, or is it just a waste of money that would be better spend on more painkillers instead? Let’s take a look at some of the alternative treatments for osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
Both Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamin are naturally found in the tissues that connect our bones. In people suffering from osteoarthritis, the amount of glucosamine is often a lot lowered in the affected joints, compared to a healthy person. By taking a daily amount of Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, you help rebuild the damaged tissues and slow the progression of arthritis. Glucosamine is an amino acid, which are artificially extracted from lobsters, shrimp or crap shells. Chondroitin Sulfate comes from various animal cartilage.
There have been some trials trying to prove the benefits of these dietary supplements, but the results have been very random. For some people, they didn’t have any affect at all, while others have been able to complete drop their daily painkillers after a period on Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate. This is what makes it so hard to recommend a product like this. You never know if you will benefit from it or not. Unlike some traditional drug where there is a high chance it will help you. But with the low price on glucosamine supplements I would say it’s worth a try. Take it together with Chondroitin Sulfate for a month (cost less than half a dollar per day), and see if your symptoms are improved or not. If not you will have wasted 15$, on the other hand, it could very likely remove a lot of your pains and discomforts from osteoarthritis. As both products are completely safe to take, you don’t really have much too loose by giving it a try.
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Another nutrition supplement that is supposed to have a good effect on osteoarthritis is the common mineral magnesium. Magnesium has a small anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and as most of the pain and problems with osteoarthritis comes from inflammation in the joins, there is a chance that magnesium will reduce some of the pain and improve your life quality. But as with glucosamin, it’s also pretty random who benefits from taking a daily dose of magnesium. For some it works wonders, while others don’t notice anything from it. However, unlike glucosamin, magnesium can be used to improve a lot of other conditions many are suffering from. It can help lower your blood pressure, give you a better night sleep, help people who are feeling tired all the time, or people who have problems getting rid of their feces. Over 300 functions within the body makes use of magnesium, so it would make sense to take this dietary supplement, even if you are not suffering from osteoarthritis.
Fish oil or omega-3 are another product while is said to have a positive effect on people suffering from osteoarthritis. Like magnesium it has a certain anti-inflammatory effect, and can thereby help reduce the problems with osteoarthritis. A lot of people who has osteoarthritis, have reported really good results after taking about 3000mg fish oil a day, while others haven’t noticed any affect at all. Like with magnesium, even if it doesn’t cure your pains, it is still a very healthy dietary supplement to take. It can like magnesium help lower your blood pressure, prevent certain heart and cardio problems, lower the amount of bad cholesterol and many other things. So, this would definitely be a product that should be worth considering if you are an osteoarthritis patient.
So, which of these products is right for you? Well this is impossible to say, and we are talking about undocumented dietary supplements. A lot of people have reported high success rates with these products, while others haven’t noticed any changes. If we look at what the products help with, it does make a lot of sense that they could help with diseases such as osteoarthritis. And with a low cost, it would be almost stupid not to give it a try. A good idea would be to try one product at a time, to see if it does anything for you. If you take them all at once, it would be hard to say which is working. But beside of that, there isn’t anything from with taking both magnesium, Omega-3, Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate at the same time. There would be a really good chance, that this combination could severely decrease the numbers of painkillers you have to take. But just remember, that none of these products actually cures osteoarthritis, they just remove some of the discomfort or slower the progression of the illness.
Here’s a video that explains a little more about glucosamine.