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There are many kinds of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common type. It is a degenerative joint disease that increases with age. Osteoarthritis attacks the joint cartilage causing inflammation, pain, swelling, and stiffness. Cumulative years of wear-and-tear on joints weakens the collagen support structure of the cartilage i.e. the shock absorbing rubbery material that covers the ends of bones.

Nutritional supplements that help our bodies rebuild and replace cartilage may offer support for those suffering from osteoarthritis. Two cartilage supporting supplements in this category are glucosamine and chondroitin, the best-documented being glucosamine. Because it is an amine, a natural building-block for cartilage, glucosamine stimulates cartilage to rebuild. Working in a similar way, chondroitin also shows good evidence of reducing the pain associated with poor joint function and may even help slow down cartilage breakdown.

Rising as a popular supportive supplement for osteoarthritis is SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine), a naturally occurring substance in our body that plays a role in many biochemical functions. Originally studied as an antidepressant, it was accidentally discovered to be beneficial for the support of osteoarthritis. SAMe may not only help reduce the symptoms associated with poor joint health, but also may help to promote long term joint integrity by protecting cartilage from damage.

There are other nutritional supplements that may be beneficial for reducing cartilage degradation and promoting overall joint health. Niacinamide has also been shown to lessen the symptoms of unhealthy joints. Other nutritional considerations include evidence that supplementing with the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene may slow the progression of declining joint health. Anti-inflammatory herbal supplements such as boswellia, turmeric, devil's claw, and bromelain may also be helpful in reducing the swelling and stiffness associated with poor joint function.

Osteoarthritis is a multifactorial condition, so there are other dietary and lifestyle considerations that are important as well. A diet low in meat, dairy, and eggs is helpful. Avoid the nightshade family of vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, as they tend to exacerbate osteoarthritis. Adopting a healthy lifestyle that limits alcohol intake and is smoke-free is helpful. Weight control and regular exercise also help joints function at their best. Supplementing with essential fatty acids along with a high quality multivitamin and mineral is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle and good joint health.

Your Solution Plan

  • Follow a low meat, dairy, and egg diet
  • Avoid nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant
  • Get regular exercise
  • Weight control
  • Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol intake
Our Pharmacist's and Naturopath's Supplement Recommendations:
  • Herbs and Phytonutrients - glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin, boswellia, turmeric, devil's claw, yucca, horsetail, white willow, SAM-e, cayenne
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements - all are important, especially vitamin C, niacinamide, betacarotene, boron, manganese
  • Enzymes - bromelain
  • Amino Acids - phenylalanine
  • Essential Fatty Acids - omega-3 and omega-6, especially fish oils
  • Antioxidants - vitamin E, selenium, grape seed extract


The following products are recommended by licensed pharmacists and naturopaths who have specialised in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
If you are currently taking medications or other dietary supplements, we highly recommend you ask your Pharmacist or Doctor for additional guidance.

Practitioner Range

Practitioner Products Warning:
These products are either of a higher potency or efficacy. Practitioner products in Australia are prescribed by either doctors or naturopaths and usually have higher doses based on the latest in research and development. By purchasing this item you certify that you are under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner who can direct your proper use of these items.

Anti-inflammatory

Metagenics Kaprex

BioCeuticals InflamEze Activ

InflamZyme combines the vegetable-derived enzyme bromelain with yeast-derived protease enzymes.
These proteolytic enzymes assist in the breakdown and removal of inflammatory by-products thereby assisting the body's natural healing processes and helping reduce localised pain and swelling.
Bromelains from pineapple provide additional anti-inflammatory activity.

Nutrition Care Nalgesic Forte

Nalgesic Forte is a double strength premium extract of curcumin from Curcuma longa (Turmeric) featuring fast-acting Cumerone® to effectively assist in the relief of symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The superior clinical efficacy of Nalgesic is due to a unique extraction process, which ensures the highest curcumin yield . This active principle is then blended as Cumerone® to significantly improve bioavailability, increasing absorption and ensuring a rapid onset of action.

Please also see Nalgesic in our Wellness Store

BioCeuticals ArthroGuard®

ArthroGuard® is formulated to support healthy cartilage and joint function.
The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate with the anti-inflammatory ingredient bromelain promotes temporary relief from joint pain as well as improved joint flexibility and movement.

Joint Tissue Support

Joint Tissue Support includes nutrients that may help to support joint tissue and collagen synthesis and help to regulate inflammatory mediators.

See your healthcare practitioner to determine if you need additional joint support.

Nutritional

Blackmores SCF

BioCeuticals AntiOx Excel

Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support.

More Products for Arthritis

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Information on Arthritis

Information Sheets on ArthritisArthritis Australia

Product Pick Up Locations


PharmaSave Aspley
1311 Gympie Rd
Aspley 4034


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1/6 205 leitchs Rd
Brendale 4500

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Suite 2 North Park Business Center
6 Babarra St, Stafford 4053

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8/29 Florence St
Teneriffe 4005

Your Solution Compounding
The Corporate Centre
4/13 Norval Ct
Maroochydore 4558

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