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Joint Health Overview:
A collection of compounds that are effective for joint health.'Joint Health' is a vague term in and of itself, and if the joints are merely sore than any potent anti-inflammatory agent (such as an Aspirin) could be effective.Some supplements in this list have benefit with pathological conditions of the joint (such as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis), and may or may not actually be effective for non-specific joint pain associated with aging or exercise like an anti-inflammatory agent is.
800-1600mg of S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) split into three even doses throughout the day to be taken with meals appears to be highly effective for the purpose of osteoarthritis with a potency similar to a variety of pharmacueticals (Naproxen, NSAIDS, Celecoxib, etc.)
It has been noted, though, that a time-delay effect appears to exist; pain reduction is unlikely to be immediate and may take up to a month to be as potent as the above agents.
Pycnogenol appears to be fairly potent at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, and although a good deal of research on this compound is possibly industry influenced this does not seem to be the case with the osteoarthritis studies. The only downside is that up to three months of continual supplementation is required for maximal benefits (no studies have looked at how quickly benefits fade with supplement cessation).
100mg is the lowest effective dose, with 150-200mg being the standard pycnogenol dosage.
200mg is assuming an absorption enhanced form (MERIVA, 200mg with Piperine) where taking pure curcumin may require more of an active dose, such as 2,000mg (2g). Taking up to 1g of an absorption enhanced form has been used effectively.
In general, Curcumin shows dose-dependent anti-inflammatory properties on joints associated with pain reduction; shows some promise in osteoarthritis as well
Currently no adequate human studies assessing Spirulina and Joint Health, but in animals shows remarkable potency in a variety of arthritis-inducing models and may hold promise as a therapeutic agent for joint health.
10g is the higher recommended dosage for humans, although the 1-3g range also appears to be effective (to a lesser degree).
100mg of a Boswellia Serrata concentrated extract (with a high Boswellic Acid content; up to 20-30% AKBA) appears to be effective in treating osteoarthritis.
If not using a concentrated extract, 4-6g of the Boswellia Gum itself can be used instead.