Last week, I wrote about joint support and water intake. This week I'm going to tell you about my secrets to my joint support supplement. These supplements may or may not work for you, but I do want to share what works for me. Please be advised, I am not here to sell you supplements, only to inform you, on what has and has not worked for me.
Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM
In my years of exercise, I have taken Glucosamine chondroitin with or without MSM. These supplements have helped people with arthritis and osteoarthritis ease their pain. There is a lot of research on Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM (just in case, you are wondering what MSM stands for, Methylsulfonylmethane.)
I took this supplement for a good 2-3 years, but unfortunately, I did not see a significant result from the supplement. I have taken both the pill form and liquid form (not the best taste).
Turmeric & Black Pepper
A few years ago, while dealing with joint pain, I heard that taking a mix of turmeric and Omega 3 can help. I have been taking Omega 3-6-9 so adding the turmeric was not a problem for me. I much prefer a good combination of omega than just taking omega 3.
It was working a little bit but later I found out that in order for the turmeric to activate, one must add black pepper. Within 2-3 days, my inflamed back was starting to feel relief. It felt as if I was taking an anti-inflammatory medication.
There are a few studies that say that Curcumin (this is the substance found in turmeric) may help reduce swelling and help ease symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, like pain and inflammation.
Omega 3 and Other Omegas
In my opinion, your body will benefit greatly from a combination of Omegas. Most omegas are found in fatty fish, in some plants and seeds like flaxseed, soybean, or canola oil.
Omegas, as study suggests, are not only good for your heart, but also for brain and joint health. The more types of omegas you take, the better. These different types of omegas will help your body in many different ways.
Currently, I am taking a plant-based Omega combination of 3-6-7-9. The quantity of the omegas on the pill is more toward the 3, so after I finish this plant-based bottle, I may go back to my regular 3-6-9 and buy an additional omega 7 so I can get the full benefit of omega 7.
Try it and see how you feel
Like I said this may not work for you, but I know it has worked for me. If you want to give it a try this is what I do: I simply take either a teaspoon of black ground pepper or a handful of peppercorn, turmeric and a combination of omegas as an anti-inflammatory for my joints.
I'm only an email away if you have any questions! Let me know if you try these and how it worked for you.
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Rafael has been in the health and fitness industry since 2006. He is certified by the NASM & insured.
Areas of Expertise
Joint Pain Relief, Post-Rehab Personal Training, Posture Correction, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Posture, TRX, Functional Training, Myofascial Release, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Stress Reduction, Corrective Exercise, Golf