One of my clients asked me if there were any natural ingredients for joint pain. This person was concerned about the negative effects of certain pain relieving drugs like:
Acetaminophen or Tylenol – Click here for a review of health concerns.
Ibuprofen or Motrin – Click here for a comparison between ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
And since this person is over the age of 45, they have been dealing with joint pain for awhile.
If you’re like most people over the age of 45, then you are dealing with some level of joint pain. It’s estimated that in the United States about 29% of the adult population has arthritis. And if you’re 65 or older, then it’s about 50% of the population that suffers from arthritis.
For me personally, I experience joint pain in my left knee daily. Some days are worse than others depending on my activities during the previous day. I typically use 600 mg of ibuprofen when the pain gets to be too much. For me it addresses the pain and inflammation.
This made my client’s request for natural ingredients for joint pain timely and personal. And here is what I found.
2 Key Natural Ingredients for Joint Pain
Now there are many ingredients that can be used to reduce inflammation. As I’ve written in the past, inflammation is the root cause of almost all diseases. And it’s a big component in joint pain.
But there are some other key aspects that have to be considered when addressing joint pain. They are:
Synovial fluid. This is a thick liquid that helps to lubricate the joint to reduce friction between the bones of the joint.
Cartilage. This is the flexible connective tissue found at the ends of the bones in every joint. They provide a smooth surface to facilitate joint movement with less friction. And they help to cushion the bones against impact.
As we age synovial fluid decreases and cartilage is damaged or worn away. Both result in joint pain and inflammation.
The standard drugs used for pain don’t do anything to restore the synovial fluid and cartilage in the joint.
And this is were the natural ingredients for joint pain can make a big difference.
Perna. Its scientific name is perna canalicuulus, which is a green-lipped mussel that is unique to New Zealand. It entered the US food supplement industry in 1975. Research has shown that perna can facilitate the following:
Can halt the progression of joint and connective tissue disease.
Can promote the regeneration and healing of arthritic and injured joints.
Contains natural anti-inflammatory agents.
Contains many of the essential building blocks needed to rebuild collagen, proteoglycans, and synovial fluid.
Can significantly reduce the pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with connective tissue.
Can improve joint mobility.
That’s an excellent list of benefits when it comes to finding natural ways to address joint pain.
Cutch Tree / White Mulberry. Technically these are two separate herbal ingredients, that on their own, can be used as natural ingredients for joint pain. But when combined together they have a synergistic effect.
Cutch tree comes from South Asia and has been shown have powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. White mulberry comes from the root bark of the tree. This herbal compound has been shown to have pain and inflammation relieving properties while helping to preserve joint integrity.
When combined and used in a clinical study of 400 mg per day, the following results were noted:
Reduced the breakdown of cartilage by 54%
Reduced pain sensitivity by 40%
Minimized bone damage.
You can find both of these natural products on the internet. Usually they are sold separately. If you’re looking for a starting point, then I would focus on the Perna because of its ability to rebuild collagen and synovial fluid.
This gives it an advantage over the Cutch Tree / White Mulberry herbal exact in finding natural ingredients for joint pain.