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Fuel it: Supplements for joint pain

Wellness By Nina Odongo
You can treat joint pain holistically by taking the right supplements (Shutterstock)

Treating joint pain holistically by taking the right supplements, staying hydrated and strengthening your supporting muscles can have a dramatic effect on joint pain.

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1. Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine helps prevent cartilage wear and reduce inflammation while chondroitin helps rebuild cartilage and prevent joint pain.

These two supplements are often used side-by-side to treat knee pain as they complement each other.

2. Omega-3 Oils

Fatty acids found in fish oils help prevent certain enzymes from damaging joints and reduce inflammation.

3. Calcium

While calcium is often associated with bone health, it also reduces joint inflammation and pain, particularly in knees. Women in particular need calcium supplementation.

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4. Vitamin D

People with low levels of vitamin D tend to suffer joint pain more frequently. Vitamin D also helps absorption of Calcium, so make sure you get enough sun.

5. Ginger and Turmeric

Both these spices are natural anti-inflammatories and, taken regularly, can help relieve joint pain and stiffness.

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