Supplements for joint pains (part 2)

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(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to Martha Senior on her desire for supplements for her joint pains.)

Dear Martha Senior,

Moving on...Here are more supplements that can help your joint pains.

7. Borage Oil

This is rich in gamma linolenic acid, a fatty acid that wages war against inflammation in the body. Thus, taking them daily may assuage the pains of rheumatoid arthritis and may even lessen the dosage of your pain relievers, or may even cut your need for pain relievers.

8. SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine)

This is produced by the liver and can also help fix cartilage damage that gives the pains and swelling in arthritis. Daily dose is really good for your joints.

9. Boswellia

It has an active ingredient that can prevent joint pains and can make you move better and probably, you can hit the dance floor once again. Studies have also shown that this can reduce cartilage loss.

10. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa)

This has tannins and sterols that can appease inflammation, relieving knee pains in osteoarthritis without side effects. Daily dose can help in your fight against joint pains.

11. Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)

This protects synovial cells making these cells foster the growth of healthy connective tissue. Research have shown that taking them over time may lead to less pain medications that are needed for arthritis relief.

Now, if there are some herbal supplements that you have heard of that were said to be good for the joints or arthritis, but are not listed here, be sure to consult your doctor first before taking them.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of the digital page of Superbalita. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, ℅ Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building 1, Juan Luna St., Davao City, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)


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