Joint supplements

So I have watched enough of my own horses and dogs deal with arthritis as they age, and I have also seen the difference that quality joint care can make. Mostly Cosequin, Adequan, polyglycan, etc.

I do not currently have any arthritis or specific issues, but given that 40 isn’t that far off, I thought that now might be a good time to start taking a preventative. What do you all recommend?

Given that you probably have at least another 40 years of life, do you really wish to ingest chemicals before they are necessary? Stay active, keep fit.

There’s zero evidence that joint supplements prevent anything.

Some certainly find that they can help address the symptoms of degeneration once it’s already there.

I’ve used this as a comprehensive, cover the popular elements, option:

Until you have something to treat, though, taking a supplement is just creating expensive pee.

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I have tried a few different supplements for end-stage arthritis and the one that has helped me the most is collagen peptides and HA injections into the joint.

I am just starting to have trouble with my knee, and the doc I saw today said there were no options but joint replacement (huge big issue because I have a femur rod). I KNOW there are other treatments as you mention - what sort of doctor suggested HA? And which collagen peptides do you take?
And I remain convinced the pain I have now is soft tissue not bone, but of course he only took x-rays…

@lorilu a pain medicine specialist is my go to for something like HA injections. With replacement off the table, you might also explore the biologics like PRP or stem cell. Your local Regenexx practitioner is a really awesome place to start there.

thx. I want to explore those - just didnt know where to start. I’ll google Regenexx… must be something around here.

A former rheumy recommended MSM to support my lax joints (EDS so even if the studies were more promising, collagen would have null effect). I’m not sure it actually does anything but it’s not that expensive.

Get sugar and other foods that promote inflammation out of your diet.

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My orthopedic surgeon recommended injections as I was out of all other options including joint replacement, thankfully they help me. My issues are for sure in the joint. I did try PRP but I did not have success with it. As for collagen, I am in Canada so not sure if we get the same brands but the scoop contains 10 grams of type 1 & 3 in a powder form, you do need to take it for a couple of months before you start to notice its effects.

This is probably the best advice and it actually works, doesn’t cost you anything and is better for your overall health.

My husband & I both take 900 mg’s of Omega-3. No fishy after taste and I have noticed a difference in how our bodies feel.

Additionally I take 3000 IU’s of vitamin D3 as well. My vitamin D levels are very low, but I suspect a correlation between that and my thyroid issues.

Like others have previously suggested, eating healthy and keeping active does far more than popping handfuls of pills to only pee them out later.

Thanks for the suggestions! I am very active, but my cross training of choice is running, which I know is not the best on the joints (maybe actually the worst) I’ve been trying to find another sport (other than riding) that sticks but I really just like to run. I eat pretty healthy, but I didn’t realize sugar was so inflammatory. Guess I’ll try to cut that back!

I don’t have anything clinical yet but I can feel how stiff my fingers are in the morning (years of braiding in my youth) and my knees are starting to tell me the weather, so I know that things are starting to change, hence my question. I just see those 80 year old ladies out hunting and doing half marathons and I want to be them when I grow up!