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 Whats is a good herbal product for joint stiffness and pain?



 

There are many great natural and herbal products that can help to reduce joint stiffness and pain.  Many of them work in the exact same way as prescription medications but without the unwanted side effects. 

There are certain enzymes in your body that convert substances into very powerful chemical called cytokines and eiconosoids which are responsible for triggering the process of inflammation and pain.  Prescription anti-inflammatory medication work to block the enzymes that make these chemicals and this is the same way anti-inflammatory herbs work as well. 

Some of the most well researched and effective herbs used to reduce pain and inflammation are boswellia, turmeric and ginger.  Compounds in these herbs have shown their potent ability to block the enzymes that make the chemicals of inflammation. 

Other very important natural products to consider when addressing joint pain are substances that help to support the actual joint.  These are compounds such as glucosamine, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), chondroitin and Hyaluronic Acid.  These substances are the building blocks that the body uses to build collagen which helps protect your joints from arthritis.  Because each person’s body is unique it is difficult to determine which one of these you will have the best results with.  Glucosamine and MSM seem to have the most consistent results so that might be a good place to start.

Lastly, one must consider the use of Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil to help with joints.  These essential fatty acids are some of the strongest anti-inflammatory substances found in nature and also help to moisten and lubricate the joints. 

You have many natural options to improve joint pain.  I strongly encourage you to try some them and start living pain free, naturally!

In Health,

Dr. Passero



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