Joint pains caused by arthritis can cause a lot of inconvenience to patients. With increase in age this pain can worsen and diminish the quality of life. If it becomes severe it can restrict the mobility of patients and cause several co-morbidities.
A lot of research has been done to find out what can help the patients of arthritis. One focus area of such research has been to identify the vitamins and supplements that relieve joint pains. The top 5 arthritis joint pain vitamins identified by research are as follows:
- Glucosamine: This is a type of fatty acid that is involved in production of cartilage that acts as a cushion to the joints. Consumption of glucosamine by way of supplements is said to:
- Reduce the deterioration or wear and tear of cartridge
- Rebuild the bone in the body
Glucosamine supplements are primarily made from shells of crabs or shrimps.
- Chondroitin Sulfate: Chondroitin is a component mostly found in human bones and cartilage. Chondrointin sulfate as a compound is taken along with glucosamine to reverse cartilage damage and reduce joint pain. It is said to improve the collagen’s ability to absorb shock. It also helps fight enzymes that cause damage to the cartilage. Chondrointin also helps cartilage retain water. Animal cartilage is a more commonly known source of chondrointin.
- Omega 3 Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines help reduce inflammation and joint pain in arthritis patients. Under normal circumstances the inflammatory process of our body helps repair damages and protects the body from infections. However, since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, here the inflammation process does more harm than good. It attacks the joints and leads to tissue destruction. However, when omega-3 acids are consumed they convert into compounds that include resolvins which reduce the inflammatory response of the body.
- Calcium: Calcium is the most important nutrient for people suffering from osteoporosis where a patient suffers loss of bone density. It helps make bones stronger. Calcium also regulates muscle contractions and helps in releasing some important enzymes. It is commonly found in milk, yogurt, cheese, soy, etc.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C, common in oranges and lime, is an anti-oxidizing agent that helps fight triggers of rheumatoid arthritis. It also acts as a cofactor in synthesis of collagen – the main protein in joint tissue.