If you or someone you love is consumed with pain associated with osteoarthritis, there is hope. The latest research suggests that glucosamine alone isn’t enough. But glucosamine paired with powerful omega 3 fatty acids might just be a winning combination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease characterized by degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint as well as bony overgrowth. The breakdown of these tissues eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness, with the joints most commonly affected being the knees, hips, and those in the hands and spine. There is currently no cure for OA. Treatment for OA focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function, and can include a combination of patient education, physical therapy, weight control, and use of medications. It is the most common type of arthritis in the United States, with an estimated 30 million people affected by the condition.
Traditionally, people have turned to the supplement glucosamine to help protect their joints or to manage osteoarthritis symptoms, but a new study from Germany suggests that a combination of glucosamine and omega 3 fatty acids may be an even better option.
Scientists recruited 177 people with moderate-to-severe hip or knee osteoarthritis and randomly assigned them to receive either a glucosamine supplement (1,500 milligrams per day) or glucosamine plus omega 3 fatty acids (providing 444mg of fish oil, of which 200mg were omega 3 fatty acids). After 26 weeks of supplementation, the researchers tested pain levels, using an established pain-scoring index (WOMAC).
The results showed that while the same number of people experienced at least a 20% reduction in pain in each group, 27% more people in the group taking glucosamine and omega 3s together experienced an 80% reduction in pain. In addition, the combination of the two reduced morning stiffness and pain in the hips and knees by between 48.5 and 55.6%, compared to 41.7 to 55.3% in the glucosamine-only group.
Commenting on their results, researchers suggest that glucosamine and omega 3s acted synergistically. “Omega 3 fatty acids inhibit the inflammation process in osteoarthritis, whereas glucosamine supports the rebuilding of lost cartilage substance,” they stated. Dr. Newton’s Naturals brings you this winning combination with their Glucosamine Cream and Omega Krill. Glucosamine Cream is transdermal, so it’s fast acting and you can apply it directly where it hurts most. OmegaKrill contains the most potent form of Omega 3s from the purest, most unpolluted waters. Don’t let your osteoarthritis win; fight back with Dr. Newton’s Naturals as your ally.