Certain ingredients of these supplements enhance their appeal and effectiveness. Among these are calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium has long been known to be a must in terms of healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D is making an statement as being equally important.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are two substances naturally found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine sulphate alone or in combination with chondroitin sulphate appears to relieve pain, improve joint mobility and slow osteoarthritis-related damage to the joints.
Another effective ingredient for osteoarthritis pain is Devils Claw, a plant native to South Africa. Not only does it decrease pain brought about by osteoarthritis, it also improved mobility.
A naturally-occurring molecule known as S-adenosy L-methione or SAMe delivers sulphur to the cartilage which helps build strong joints. In May 2002, a study conducted and published in the Journal of Family Practice suggests that it is just as effective as drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen in relieving joint pain and improving function.
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