Supplements worth trying for joint aches and pains

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A number of herbal remedies and supplements are recommended for relieving joint pain. You could try:

  • Glucosamine acts as a natural inflammatory, extracted from shellfish (avoid if you have shellfish allergies). Dr Heather Currie, chair of the British Menopause Society, says that it can be used for joint disorders.
  • Black Cohosh is a phytoestrogenic plant which mimics the effect of missing oestrogen. 
  • Ginger and Turmeric, both anti-inflammatories, can be added to food or grated and made into a tea or tincture.
  • Liquorice, the root taken in supplement form – and not as an Allsort! - may help with joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory nature!
  • Specific menopause vitamin and mineral products such as Vitabiotics Osteocare (many others on the market to choose from).
  • Hyaluronic acid supplements may help to support joint lubrication.
  • Devil’s Claw this herb has a similar effect to steroids (without steroid compounds).
  • Vitamin D NHS Choices says everyone should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D during the autumn and winter. This may be taken as part of a high-quality multivitamin.

Whilst these are natural products, herbal supplements can have side effects, interact with other medications and come in different strengths. Check with your doctor if they’re safe for you.

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Laura Llewellyn