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Arthritis, often misunderstood as a single disease or condition, refers to suffering from joint pain or disease. More than 100 different types of arthritis affect 50 million adults, with symptoms surfacing frequently as people age. Symptoms of arthritis may flare up at various times and can range from mild to severe, inhibiting daily physical activities. Symptoms often include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion

While most often detected through an X-ray, arthritis can lead to permanent joint damage, which can manifest itself in visible changes to your body, such as knob-like finger joints. Some types of arthritis can also affect other organs including the heart, eyes, lungs and kidneys. Yet, despite the length of time someone has battled the debilitating effects of arthritis, balancing your intake of certain vitamin sources through supplements has proven to help manage symptoms. While Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Omega-3 fatty acids are common dietary supplements suggested for those with joint pain or arthritis†, here we review less common supplements for arthritis to consider.

Increase your vitamin D and magnesium levels

Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression, low immunity and fatigue, but it can also lead to the softening of bones. Vitamin D makes our list of supplements for arthritis because weak, soft bones increase the likelihood of developing arthritis. Taking a vitamin D supplement helps:

  • Maintain calcium levels in the bloodstream
  • Regulate inflammation
  • Balance phosphorus levels, which keep bones and teeth hard

The research on Vitamin D and arthritis found the most benefit in improving joint pain in people who started supplementation with a low blood level of this vitamin†.

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Magnesium Supplements For Arthritis

Magnesium plays an important role in managing arthritis symptoms and pain by regulating inflammation and pain signaling†. Taking a magnesium supplement helps:

  • Strengthen bones
  • Maintain nerve and muscle function
  • Regulate heart rhythm and blood sugar levels
  • Maintain joint cartilage

Lower magnesium intake is closely associated with more severe pain and less functionality in individuals with arthritis, especially those with low fiber intake.

Boswellia Serrata Supplements

Also known as Indian Frankincense, Boswellia Serrata supplements come from the resin or sap of Boswellia Serrata trees. While most of the studies in patients with osteoarthritis have shown taking various boswellia serrata (alone, or in combination with other ingredients such as Turmeric) reduces pain and improves function when compared with control†. Although many of the studies are small or short in duration, boswellia serrata has been safely used in several trials lasting as long as six months and up to 1,000 milligrams (mg).

Consider Multivitamin Supplements For Arthritis

Multivitamins aren’t typically suggested as supplements for arthritis. However, there’s research to suggest daily supplementation with a multivitamin might be helpful. C-reactive protein, (CRP) is a protein found in the blood which is produced by the liver. High CRP levels are an indicator of systematic inflammation, which may occur due to injury, infection or fever. Elevated levels of CRP are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and can also interfere with drugs taken to treat various types of arthritis. In those who have rheumatoid arthritis, lowering CRP levels reduces the spread and severity of the inflammation as well as prevents bones from deteriorating.

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Researchers at The Cooper Institute determined through a Vitamin and Supplementation Study that multivitamin supplementation with Cooper Complete® effectively reduces CRP levels. By measuring the effects of six vitamins namely – C, E, B6, B12, folate and beta carotene – within a 24-ingredient multivitamin/mineral formula, (Cooper Complete Original Iron Free), researchers found:

  • The multivitamin and mineral formulation significantly reduced CRP levels compared with those participants who took a placebo
  • Following multivitamin supplementation, the prevalence of patients with a high-risk CRP level (>3.0 mg/L) reduced from 30 percent to 14 percent
  • The average change in the patients’ CRP levels over the course of six months was 0.70 mg/L
  • The greatest reduction in CRP levels was seen in patients who initially had elevated CRP levels

As such, the use of Cooper Complete Original Iron Free was found to significantly reduce CRP levels.

Balance your daily dose

Pairing a healthy diet with vitamin D and magnesium supplements and a multivitamin, such as Cooper Complete Original Iron Free, can contribute to lowering your arthritis pain severity and arthritis symptoms. Finding a healthy balance in increasing vitamin D and magnesium while lowering CRP levels can help you find relief and experience the quality of life to the fullest in spite of arthritis.

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