Let's look at some of the ingredients that are prominent in the joint supplement market:
Glucosamine - An important component of synovial fluid that lubricates your joints to prevent damage. It helps to generate new cartilage, helping to slow cartilage degeneration and repair connective tissue3.
Chondroitin - A primary structural component of joint cartilage which has been shown to beneficially support the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint inflammation3.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethan) – Derived mostly from sulfur it has been a key player for supporting connective tissue and inflammation problems3.
Silicon – The efficacy and safety of dietary silicon has been increasing and strongly supports its role in bone and connective tissue health3.
Omega-3 fatty acids – Have been shown to support joint health. Joints are sensitive to inflammation and Omega-3 fatty acids help to limit this inflammation3.
Calcium & Vitamin D – Essential for building strong and dense bones and joints. Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting bones and joints and the body requires it to absorb calcium3.
Boswellia serrata - Contains acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) a potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain4.
Curcumin - A major component of turmeric and is considered to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The effect of curcumin likely originates through its ability to inhibit enzymes that mediate inflammatory processes (COX-2, LOX, iNOS)6.
Kaempferia galangal (Ginger extract) - Offers effective relief from chronic pain and in vivo studies suggest a functional anti-inflammatory effect7,8.
Piper nigrum oil (Black pepper) – Piperin is a key extract in black pepper that contains Beta Caryophyllene which bind to receptors that prevent the possible factor for inflammation9.