OS­TEOARTHRI­TIS SOS

Ease joint pain and build cartilage with this tar­geted sup­ple­ment plan

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OSTEOARTH RITIS R E FE R S TO TH E B R E AK­down of cartilage pads, some­times called ar­tic­u­lar cartilage, that pro­vide a cush­ion at joints and pre­vent bone from rub­bing against bone. When th­ese cartilage pads be­come too thin or dis­ap­pear, bone-on­bone move­ment causes pain and fur­ther joint dam­age. Os­teoarthri­tis most com­monly oc­curs in knee joints, but it can also de­velop in the el­bows, hip, and back. The dis­ease af­fects an es­ti­mated 27 mil­lion Amer­i­cans.

The Cause

Ev­ery­one will ex­pe­ri­ence at least some age-re­lated break­down of ar­tic­u­lar cartilage and other tis­sues, but it can be ex­ac­er­bated by in­jury and in­flam­ma­tion. Nu­tri­ents form the build­ing blocks of cartilage, so poor eat­ing habits are a risk fac­tor.

Con­ven­tional Treat­ments

Med­i­cal treat­ments fo­cus on pain re­lief and surgery to re­place knee joints. Some of the pre­scrip­tion pain-re­liev­ing drugs can in­crease the risk of heart dis­ease.

Eat­ing Tips

Strive for a diet with qual­ity pro­tein, par­tic­u­larly cold-wa­ter fish, and a lot of dif­fer­ent types of veg­eta­bles. In some peo­ple, sen­si­tiv­ity to night­shade plants, in­clud­ing toma­toes, pota­toes, pep­pers, pi­men­tos, and egg­plant, can ex­ac­er­bate the pain.

Sup­ple­ments

Sev­eral sup­ple­ments can lower the risk of, and re­duce pain from, os­teoarthri­tis. They don’t work as fast as drugs, but they are far safer.

GLU­COSAMINE & CHON­DROITIN. Both glu­cosamine sul­fate and chon­droitin sul­fate are build­ing blocks of cartilage, and dozens of stud­ies have found that sup­ple­ments of one or both can re­duce os­teoarthritic pain. In some Euro­pean stud­ies, glu­cosamine ac­tu­ally led to an in­crease in joint cartilage. An­other Euro­pean study found that peo­ple who had taken glu­cosamine for one to three years were half as likely to need knee-re­place­ment surgery. A Cana­dian study found that the “sul­fate” part of the mol­e­cule might be more im­por­tant than the glu­cosamine. Sup­ple­ments did not in­crease glu­cosamine lev­els in the blood, but did boost sul­fate. Take: Ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 mg of glu­cosamine and 1, 200 mg of chon­droitin daily.

MSM. This sup­ple­ment is one-third sul­fur, a min­eral needed for the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen, which in turn is required for cartilage. Sev­eral stud­ies have found that MSM sup­ple­ments can lead to re­duc­tion in os­teoarthritic knee pain. Take: 1,000 mg daily, in­creas­ing slowly to 1,500–2,000 mg. MSM can be com­bined with glu­cosamine and chon­droitin.

SAMe. Pro­nounced “sammy,” SAMe is tech­ni­cally known as S-adeno­syl­me­thio­n­ine. It plays a key role in fun­da­men­tal chem­i­cal re­ac­tions, called methy­la­tion, in the body. Six con­trolled hu­man stud­ies have found that it works as well as pre­scrip­tion drugs and

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