Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. Its symptoms often have a big impact on the daily lives of people, and although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are many simple measures that can help anyone manage their symptoms.
In combination with appropriate exercise and other management strategies, you may like to trial a natural supplement to help with the pain and dysfunction.
There are a number of supplements on the market claiming to help those suffering with arthritis. Last week we covered Fish Oil and Krill Oil. This week we talk about Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Rose Hip.
Glucosamine is a natural sugar produced in the body. It helps your body produce cartilage, which allows your bones to move smoothly. The tablet form of Glucosamine is made from shellfish. It is recommended by Arthritis Australia that 1500mg is needed per day for improvements to occur. Glucosamine has been shown to be beneficial in those with Osteoarthritis. Glucosamine can be taken together with Chondroitin as a combined supplement to help joint cartilage and decrease pain and inflammation.
Chondroitin is naturally found in the body and helps keep cartilage healthy. It is recommended by Arthritis Australia that 800-1000mg is needed per day for improvements to occur. Chondroitin has been shown to help with Osteoarthritis.
Rosehips are the fruits from wild rose bushes. They contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, a type of omega 3 and 6, fatty acids and anti-oxidants. It has been proven to help those with Osteoarthritis and may help with the inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The required dose will depend on the form the supplement is taken in as well as its strength.
As there are many choices on the market it is always best to check with your Pharmacist or Doctor before commencing any of these supplements.
For more information visit the Arthritis Australia website or contact our clinic on (02) 4647 3373 for a consultation with one of our friendly staff.
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