Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A dietary supplements for arthritis has any or some of these:
Ingredient/Extract = Benefits = Side Effect
Avocado or Soybean = Helps relieve symptoms of chronic but stables osteoarthritis of the hip = no serious side effects reported.
Bromelain = An enzyme from pineapple that is said to have anti-inflammatory properties = No conclusive scientific evidence of effectiveness; may cause gastric problems when taken in medicinal doses or for long periods.
Ginger = claimed in ancient Indian systems of medicine as useful for inflammation and arthritis = Scientific studies inconclusive; may adversely affect the fetus when taken by women.
Green-lipped mussel = Available in oil extract or dried flesh; said to relieve joint pain and muscle discomfort = Evidence not conclusive.
Green Tea = An extract rich in anti-oxidants shown useful in preventing the onset and severity of arthritis in mice = No definitive studies done on humans.
Tumeric = Its active ingredient, curcumin, has an anti-inflammatory effect on animals = No definitive studies done on humans.
White willow bark = Conatins salicilin, which has painkilling properties similar to aspirin = Must not be taken by those sensitive to aspirin.