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
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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
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
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
You have many natural options to improve joint pain. I strongly encourage
you to try some them and start living pain free, naturally!
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As a certified and fully trained Naturopathic Doctor, Passero has trained and preceptored with some of the nation's leading doctors in the field of natural medicine, working under the guidance of MD’s, Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. Furthermore, he is currently the Vice President of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
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