Natural Relief for Aching Joints


Natural Relief for Aching Joints


My back is so sore—what can I do?

   When you alarm goes off in the morning, do you hop right out of bed, or do you have to sort of ease yourself up and out onto the floor?   If the latter situation sounds familiar, you might be one of the millions of Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, a painful condition that affects the joints.


In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website estimates that at least one in five adults in America has been officially diagnosed with osteoarthritis.  The site also states that it is the most common reason for disability, and it also predicts that by 2030, at least 67 million people in our country will have it.


In an effort to feel better, lots of folks with osteoarthritis rely on over the counter pain medications to ease the pain.  While taking ibuprofen or something on a daily basis may help you feel better in the short term, these pills act as a Band-Aid of sorts—they cover the pain without actually addressing the underlying causes of the condition, which is deteriorated cartilage inside the joints.


As a result, many people are looking for other, more natural alternatives to treat their arthritis.  The following list of nutrients have all been found to help keep our joints as healthy as possible, while in some cases also addressing accompanying issues like pain and inflammation:


  • Vitamin C—A powerful antioxidant and popular vitamin, it is needed in our systems to make sure cartilage heals properly.
  • Vitamin B3—Necessary for correct joint functioning and range of motion.
  • Vitamin B6—Needed for the creation of cartilage as well as its maintenance.
  • Vitamin B5—Research has linked this member of the B-vitamin family to a lessening of arthritic symptoms.
  • Magnesium—This well-known mineral comes equipped with anti-inflammatory powers.
  • Zinc—Needed to produce and maintain healthy cartilage.  It may also help with repair.
  • Copper—Research has linked low levels of this nutrient to an increased risk of deteriorating joints.
  • Manganese—Crucial for the formation of healthy cartilage.
  • D-Glucosamine HCL—Over the years, glucosamine has become immensely popular with arthritis sufferers, and for good reason.  It has been clinically shown to help repair the damaged cartilage.  It can also help alleviate pain and help us move more freely.
  • Boswellin—This herbal remedy works by boosting the flow of blood to the cartilage, and also possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Sea Cucumber—Also an anti-inflammatory, sea cucumber may also help lessen the pain of arthritis.
  • Bromelain—Yet another effective herbal anti-inflammatory!
  • Yucca—Naturally rich in something called saponins, yucca also possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • PABA—This nutrient may also help with inflammation.
  • Devil’s Claw—An herbal remedy that has been linked to a decrease in both pain and inflammation.


As you can see, finding ways to decrease inflammation is a very important part of battling osteoporosis, and the herbs in the list above appear to really come through on that juncture.  The other vitamins, minerals, and glucosamine should also help bring blessed relief to people suffering with the condition.  Within a few weeks of taking this combination of safe and powerful supplements, many people begin to feel much better and as a bonus, are often able to stop taking other pain medications.




Murray, Michael and Pizzorno, Joseph, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 1998, pages 698-704


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