Common arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the joints. Symptoms may come and go and can be either mild, moderate or severe. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes too. Supplements may offer some help with these two conditions by reducing the amount of inflammation in the body.
Research points to curcumin’s ability to block certain enzymes and cytokines which lead to inflammation. In 2016, an industry-sponsored systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that 1,000 mg a day of curcumin reduced osteoarthritis pain and inflammation as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac and ibuprofen.
Glucosamine is a molecule that occurs naturally within your body, but it’s also a popular dietary supplement. Glucosamine sulphate might provide some pain relief for people with osteoarthritis, said the Mayo Clinic. The health site added: “The supplement appears to be safe and might be a helpful option for people who can’t take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
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