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WHAT TO TAKE: Glu­cosamine. WHAT IT DOES: Re­lieves the symp­toms of os­teoarthri­tis. It can also pre­vent car­ti­lage break­down and even re­pair it, Sali says. Glu­cosamine can be com­bined with fish oil, krill or gin­ger, which have an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties that can also help sore joints.

WHAT IT CAN IN­TER­ACT WITH: Po­tas­sium glu­cosamine ( an ad­di­tive found in many glu­cosamine sup­ple­ments) can leave you with too much po­tas­sium in your body. Known as hy­per­kalemia, this is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous if you are tak­ing blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion or have im­paired kid­ney func­tion. You might not feel any­thing with mild hy­per­kalemia, but if po­tas­sium lev­els rise too much, too quickly, it can lead to a slow heart­beat and weak pulse. It can also in­crease the risk of bleed­ing if taken with the an­ti­co­ag­u­lant drug war­farin.

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