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Supplements for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis -- Women With Arthritic Hands


There are a number of supplements that may modestly reduce pain or improve other symptoms of osteoarthritis (inflammation caused by damage or "wearing away" of cartilage in joints) or rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain, stiffness and inflammation).

Sign in for more information about supplements for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other unspecified joint pain, including SAMe, ginger, collagen hydrolysate, boswellia, ashwagandha extract, a branded enzyme supplement (Wobenzym), avocado and soy unsaponifiables (ASUs), vitamin D, tart cherry, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin, MSM, fiber, cinnamon, vitamin E, selenium, coffee, curcumin, cat's claw, rose hips, olive oil, and PEA.

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Gale 22548
May 9, 2021

Can persons with serious shell fish allergies safely take glucosamine and chondroitin? Are there any safe glucosamine/chondroitin supplements which do not contain shell fish?
May 20, 2021

Vegetable-based glucosamine in available as an ingredient in some products (see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of our Joint Health Supplements Review Also see the last column of the Results table in the Review, which notes products that are labeled as "Shellfish free" (

February 9, 2021

has anyone had success using SAME for knee arthritis

February 24, 2021

I have the same question about SAME, and also for Curcumin. My arthritis is in hands/wrists.

May 5, 2021

Hello. I tried SAME for 3-4 months for my osteoarthritis pain in my hands, thumbs and toes and it didn't work.

September 19, 2018

I'm very pleased to see all these people have been helped by using one product or another, but... they don't say what type arthritis they have, so its irrelevant to the reader as to what might work for them.. PLEASE try to be more clear in describing what you're treating. Thanks.

September 19, 2018

what about bromelain?
September 19, 2018

Hi Eve - As noted in the answer above, an enzyme supplement containing a combination of bromelain and other enzymes (Wobenzym) was found to be helpful for knee osteoarthritis. You can find more information about this in our Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review:

September 19, 2018

Boswellia has done wonders for me! I rarely have knee pain anymore. I was getting injections in my knee periodically for the pain, but that's been over 3 years ago. I've taken Solaray Boswellia for at least 2-3 years. In addition, I ride a stationary bike for 30 minute 4-5 times a week which has also helped. I'm 67.

May 10, 2018

Black currant seed oil capsules have helped my arthritis, only 600mg a day but u can take much more!

March 18, 2018

Borax (boron) solved my arthritis problems. It may be difficult to source in the US. Pharmaceutical companies have done their best to ban it.
March 19, 2018

Hi Neville - Thank you for sharing your experience with this. There is some preliminary evidence that boron may be helpful for osteoarthritis. Please see this CL Answer

June 23, 2021

Boron has worked wonders for my osteoarthritis. I have no financial interest in the product.

October 18, 2017

What strength of curcumin is safe to take with "Doctors Best" high absorption with BioPerine. I am taking 1000mg and would like to take stronger

May 28, 2017

MSM has worked for me.
It provides sulfur and perhaps if your blood is insufficient in this, the MSM will work until cartridge's need for sulfur is satisfied.

October 22, 2017

MSM has been helpful for my son and me for knee pain.

May 28, 2017

It's a shame that glucosamine/chondroitment tablets gets such bad press simply because a study found it doesn't help with knee arthritis. I and 4 other people I know swear by it for our shoulder and hand arthritis. I wish someone would do a more thorough study.

October 18, 2017

I agree it works well for myself and my husband!

August 29, 2019

My father became wheelchair bound due to arthritis in his hips. Glucosamine/Chondroitin dramatically turned things around for him. The wheel chair ended up collecting dust in the garage.

May 21, 2020

Glucosamine Sulfate works very well for me. I went off it for awhile just to see if it would make a difference. In a couple months I was right back to pain everywhere. When I take it, I don't feel pain anywhere. I'm talking pain as in couldn't shift my weight to one leg while standing because it hurt too much. Glucosamine is a life saver for me!

May 12, 2017

I have been using magnesium oil to rub on my feet at night and it has helped with the pain of a severely arthritic foot. I have also noted that I no longer get cramps in my feet at night. I'm 78 so I think that I was not absorbing the Magnesium that I had been taking in a pill. As a side note, magnesium oil is actually not an oil but water combined with Magnesium which becomes oily. The only side effect is a slight tingling in the area which goes away. The combination of magnesium oil and Boswellia has allowed me to continue my daily walks with little pain.

October 18, 2017

I have found the same type of benefit from direct application of magnesium oil onto the skin surface despite taking magnesium in capsule form.

Curtis W21632
December 20, 2020

About 15 years ago my knees were hurting and it was difficult to get up and down the basement stairs.. I started taking Cosamin DS which is glucosamine HCl worth can Chrondrotin. Not sure how long it took but I will soon able to go up and down the steps without pain and then I realize this stuff is working. I am now 81 years old and I have no joint pain other than my knuckle on my left hand index finger. I now take Body Dynamics joint renewal because it has several more ingredients in it like MSM, hyaluronic acid, I also think it’s critical to start early before you get bone on bone.
I can even keep up with my kids and grandkids at Disney World, and ride all the rides. That’s called a blessing.

Gale 23329
September 7, 2021

I've taken Curcumin and Boswellia for many yrs. which lessens Celiac-and arthritic pain. And, as my inherited osteoarthritis in hands and feet worsened this past yr., I've found rubbing Magnesium Oil into hands and feet morning and at bedtime has amazedly reduced pain and joint swelling, --so much so that feet joints and badly deformed fingers on my right hand now appear nearly normal with little to no redness!
A year ago, an orthopedic physician told me "nothing will stop your joint degeneration, but thanks to Magnesium Oil --plus remedies described above, that's simply not true. I have a severe allergy to certain oral pain relievers which can often be more harmful than helpful.
Comfortable, well-fitting orthopedic shoes/sandals are a must, as is exercise, so we can stay strong and keep on enjoying life ConsumerLab reports are very helpful! Keep up the good work!!
September 9, 2021

Please see our Magnesium Review for more information about magnesium oil, creams and sprays

January 11, 2017

I am so thankful for Boswellia which has reduced my joint pain significantly.

May 28, 2017

Significant pain relief for me with boswelia

May 22, 2019

I have never seen Boswelia marketed by itself, only combined with other ingredients in a capsule. Please comment on what product you use. Thank you.

June 23, 2021

I've tried Boswellia but found it gave me stomach pain.

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