联合补品:买方指南

与关节疼痛一样,几乎没有什么东西与衰老过程同义。Whether the result of an old injury or the result of years of wear and tear, joint pain and degenerative arthritis have a way of slowing you down. Is joint pain and stiffness getting in the way of your everyday activities and your ability to enjoy life? Thankfully, there are many natural joint supplements you can try for joint pain relief!

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There are more than one hundred recognized forms of arthritis and they all affect the joints. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  •   Osteoarthritis (OA) attacks the cartilage, which is the semi-rigid connective tissue that can be found between the bones in your joints. When functioning properly, this connective tissue absorbs and disperses some of the force when you place stress upon them. But as the cartilage is diminished, it can lead to inflammation. Osteoarthritis may affect up to 25% of the American population.
  •   Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the synovial tissue that lines the inside the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack the joints and cause permanent damage much like osteoarthritis. Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis can become systemic and attack other parts of the body as well. 

Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis & Joint Pain

People with arthritis or joint pain have symptoms such as redness and warmth around the affected area. Symptoms may be worse in the morning and sufferers may also have a limited range of motion in their joints. 

Arthritis Isn’t Just for Seniors

More than 300,000 children are affected by some form of arthritis. Some studies suggest that the actual number may be higher. Because joint pain and inflammation are often attributed to adults fifty-five and older, the symptoms may be missed or attributed to other causes. 

Arthritis Diagnosis is Key

If you are experiencing joint discomfort, you should visit your primary care provider for an evaluation. They may have solutions or may refer you to a rheumatologist for further examination. Once you have a confirmed diagnosis, your provider can help you determine a course of action and possible treatment.  

Arthritis Pain Relief

Once you are diagnosed with arthritis, there are some simple steps that you can take immediately to begin easing your discomfort: 

  1. Reduce body weight. Excess body weight puts tremendous stress on the joints. Losing those extra pounds may reduce your symptoms of joint discomfort.
  2. RA patients should consider a limited diet. If you are experiencing the impact of rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to limit the scope of your daily diet. A 2015 study suggested that diets containing an excess of meat, gluten, or processed foods might trigger or exaggerate symptoms.
  3. Exercise. Regular exercise may increase your range of motion. It might also slow the progression of OA by strengthening some of the surrounding musculature. Make sure to balance out your activity with the appropriate amount of rest, since overexertion may further aggravate the symptoms.

Supplements for Joint Pain and Stiffness

In addition to lifestyle changes, adding joint health supplements to your daily routine may help reduce inflammation and aching. We’ve rounded up some of the best joint supplement products on the natural market. The most popular category of supplements are those meant to support or possibly repair joint health. 

Glucosamine is the most commonly used supplement used to combat joint pain. Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body where it can be found in articular cartilage. This is the semi-hard tissue attached to bones which functions as cushioning. The goal of taking supplemental glucosamine is to rebuild some of the damaged tissue or to slow down its degradation.

 When taking supplemental glucosamine, there are some things to consider. Most glucosamine is derived from shellfish. If you or someone you love is allergic to shellfish, know that there are non-shellfish alternatives. There are vegetarian forms of the compound as well. When it is available, glucosamine sulfate is a better choice than glucosamine hydrochloride.

Like glucosamine, Chondroitin is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in the joints. It is present in both bones and cartilage. Because it might help to fortify connective tissue and block some enzymes that may further break down cartilage, it is often coupled with glucosamine. During a 2006 study, 1,600 moderate-to-severe arthritis sufferers were given glucosamine and chondroitin. Varying levels of relief were reported. A small group of people saw extreme relief. 

Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that the body naturally processes. It can be found in the joints, eyes, and skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a fluid that helps retain water and lubricate the joints. It may also act as a natural anti-inflammatory. 

MSM is an abbreviation for the sulfur-containing supplement methylsulfonylmethane. Many people, especially active individuals, use MSM to help prevent or repair damage that occurs as a result of wear and tear. It may also help decrease pain and stiffness. Some users even notice a reduction in back and lumbar pain and an easier time getting out of bed in the morning.

Silicon is more commonly known as the supplement silica. In nature, silica is the second most abundant element. In the body, it is the third most common trace mineral and a critical nutrient in the body. A deficiency could lead to damaged tissues, bone fragility, and poor complexion. Using silica may help to increase bone density by promoting mineral retention. Silica is vital for the formation of collagen.  

Collagen is a protein found in the body that acts as a structural component. High amounts of collagen are found in the connective tissue as well as the skin. In the joints, collagen is used to help maintain the integrity of cartilage. Physically active individuals often include collagen in their health routine. Since collagen levels decrease as you get older, supplementation has become more popular with aging individuals as well. 

When looking for a collagen supplement, look for hydrolyzed collagen which is processed to make it easier to absorb. Some studies have suggested that building up levels of collagen in the joints may help the body increase its own production of collagen.

Anti-inflammatory supplements are the next category to consider. These supplements help the body reduce inflammation from joint damage. These supplements include essential fatty acids, turmeric, systemic or proteolytic enzymes, boswellia, and other herbs.

The anti-inflammatory effects that make essential fatty acids (EFA’s) an effective agent in the reduction of cardiovascular disease, may offer users some reduction in joint inflammation. Because EFA’s may have some inhibitory effects on immune response as well as inflammation, there is some evidence to suggest it might offer relief for RA as well as OA.

Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in the turmeric plant root. Most people are familiar with the yellow-colored spice that is popular in curry. Curcumin has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for digestion and inflammation. Studies suggest that curcumin helps to block enzymes and proteins that lead to inflammation. When shopping for turmeric, look for a standardized form that contains black pepper extract which enhances the bioavailability of turmeric. 

White willow bark contains the natural pain reliever, salicin. In the body, salicin is converted into salicylic acid. Since salicylic acid is the main metabolite of aspirin, white willow bark is commonly used as a natural alternative because it is gentler on the stomach. 

Proteolytic enzymes are digestive enzymes that display promising anti-inflammatory benefits. Taken on an empty stomach, proteolytic enzymes may reduce inflammation by supporting better circulation and helping to break down proteins and debris that can lead to inflammation. 

S-adenosyl-L-methionine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body, better known as SAM-e. It has been clinically studied for decades. SAM-e has been shown to increase joint comfort and mobility by forming proteoglycans which are used in the formation of cartilage.

Finally, there are analgesic treatments. These are better known as topical pain relievers and take the form of topical creams, liniments, and ointments which help alleviate some of the discomfort. Analgesics commonly include menthol, capsicum, arnica montana, or essential oils. These are viable natural alternatives that many people use to avoid some of the detrimental effects of taking over-the-counter medications.

My Recommendations

As a Wellness Consultant, I talk with so many people suffering with mobility issues and pain due to arthritis and injury. Here is a list of my favorite supplements that I like to recommend and why. When possible, I will let you know what other customers have said about it as well!

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Why I like this formula: This formula provides support for joint repair with glucosamine and MSM. It also provides support for pain relief and anti-inflammatory support. That support comes from a combination of hyaluronic acid, white willow bark, turmeric and more. 

Who it’s best for: I recommend this supplement for individuals who are in the beginning stages of joint pain. Supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM can take a long time to accrue in the body to the point where their effects are noticeable. But, in this product, the addition of turmeric, white willow bark, and boswellia may provide more immediate relief while the joint-healing compounds build up in the body.

What customers are saying: “For about 2 years I was suffering from a severe pain in my right knee & I’ve tried so many tablets and creams, telling you the truth. A week after using Instaflex once again after a week of this I feel that I am normal with no pain… thank you, and try it, you’ll never lose.” Mamdouh, 11/20/2015

自然特里CuraMed与BCM-95

Why I like this formula: This is a standardized phospholipid form of the herb turmeric. While many people know the benefits of turmeric/curcumin, what is less well-known is that turmeric can be rather hard to digest and absorb. Terry Naturally has micronized particles of turmeric and combined them with phospholipids. These factors increase absorption by as much as ten times more than regular curcumin.

Who it’s best for: I recommend this product to customers who are already taking supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. CuraMed might provide the relief from discomfort they are looking for. 

What customers are saying: “I have been ordering these CuraMed products from you for a few months now. I had read a booklet about what these products do and I began searching for them on the web. I found your company and you carried them. I have had wonderful results from the beginning to the end.” Josefina Teresa, 06/18/2016

Lemon Flavored Ultimate Omega Purified Fish Oil by Nordic Naturals (挪威小鱼)

Why I like this formula: Nordic Naturals (挪威小鱼) has been one of the most popular brands of essential fatty acids for more than a decade. I prefer this product because Nordic Naturals (挪威小鱼) uses the more-absorbable triglyceride forms of essential fatty acids. Each capsule contains 680 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. I commonly suggest this product because essential fatty acids are in short supply in the average diet.

Who it’s best for:  Essential fatty acids might help reduce inflammation in arthritis sufferers. 

What customers are saying: “Compared to other fish oil capsules we have tried, this one leaves minimal to no after taste and no fishy tasting burps!” Tammy, 10/07/2011

Glucosamine Chondroitin 400 Plus MSM by NOW Foods

Why I like this formula: This basic formula contains glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate with the addition of MSM. These nutrients are some of the most effective supplements on the market for supporting joint health.

Who it’s best for: I recommend this supplement for any customer who is experiencing joint pain due to excessive activity or joint degradation due to arthritis.

What customers are saying: ”My significant other is a woodworker and had been having joint pain in his hands for some time… after about two-three weeks of the recommended dose he said he noticed a definite difference, and felt like his joints were less ‘crunchy’. Good product and a good value compared to some others.” Claire, 10/28/2011

Wobenzym N by Garden of Life (生命花园)


Why I like this formula: This combination of systemic enzymes and antioxidants is taken to help fight systemic inflammation. I recommend this product because Garden of Life (生命花园) makes premium quality products developed by science. The enteric coated tablets ensure that the ingredients are at optimal levels until they enter the bloodstream.

Who it’s best for: I frequently recommend this supplement for people who are experiencing systemic inflammation. 

What customers are saying:  “It certainly does ease inflammation especially if combined with fish oil and improving the diet to remove toxins. However, the biggest improvement was in my flexibility. I am a skater and stretch regularly (always a chore) and if I take the Wobenzym consistently I see a very noticeable improvement and stretching doesn’t hurt at all. I really like this product.” Rebecca, 11/11/2011

Bone-Up by Jarrow Formulas (杰诺)

Why I like this formula: BoneUp is one of the most complete bone supplement products I am familiar with. It contains elemental calcium and a number of other nutrients to increase absorption, direct calcium to the bone, and help calcium to fuse to the bone. While taking care of the joints is critical, It is equally critical to support the bones as well. 

Who it’s best for: I recommend this product as part of a comprehensive routine for customers who are looking to support bone health as well as joint health.


What customers are saying: “My knees, ankle, and wrist are now all pain- free, thanks to bone-up!” Vilma, 03/23/2009

UC-II by NOW Foods

Why I like this formula: Collagen type II is the form of collagen that is used in the formation of cartilage in the joints. This form of standardized collagen is non-GMO and is a cost-effective way to help support the joints. 

Who it’s best for: This product is suggested for the customer who is seeking to repair or maintain healthy cartilage in the body.

What customers are saying: “I have a loss of cartilage in my knees. This causes me to have stiffness and pain when I walk. When I take this supplement everyday I am not in pain. Sometimes life gets busy, I’m feeling ok so I skip taking. Within 3 days of not taking, I realize how much pain I am in. Highly recommend.” Barbara, 08/06/2018

Topricin Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief Cream by Topical BioMedics

Why I like this formula: Topricin is a homeopathic topical cream that is meant to support circulation and relieve pain. This formula contains arnica montana, an herb commonly used for joint pain.

Who it’s best for: This product is great for someone who is taking OTC pain relievers but knows the risks of taking OTC medicines long term.  It is also a consideration for people may not want to take a pill.

Do Joint Supplements Work for You?
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