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6 Natural Ingredients that Relieve Joint Pain in Osteoarthritis (OA)

Updated: Jan 9


Natural, drug-free supplements can be a better option to help take care of one's health.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is regarded as a chronic degenerative joint disorder due to the wear and tear of joint cartilage and inflammation, which causes pain, stiffness and impaired mobility.


Some patients may not be comfortable taking pain-relievers like paracetamol or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) that can potentially cause harmful side effects. Alternatively, some health supplements may be useful in relieving common symptoms and slow down the progression of Osteoarthritis.


Here are the 6 natural & safe ingredients for Osteoarthritis and the evidence behind them:


1. Indian Frankincense


Indian frankincense, also known as Boswellia, is a natural plant extract from the Boswellia Serrata tree commonly used for pain in Osteoarthritis¹. Studies have shown that patients taking Boswellia demonstrated significantly greater reduction in pain, swelling and improvement in joint function¹.


The patented Boswellia formulation, Aflapin™ used in Ginflex®, exhibits superior absorption and anti-inflammatory properties compared to standard Boswellia extract. Studies indicate pain relief as early as 7 days after use². There were also no serious side effects reported in any clinical studies.


2. Turmeric


Turmeric, a plant root, contains a natural compound called curcumin which is bright yellow in colour and has been reported to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent³. Curcumin has multiple beneficial effects on knee pain and quality of life in patients with knee Osteoarthritis . Curcumin may also reduce the need for rescue medications like NSAIDs.


Since one of the main challenges for curcumin is poor absorption in the human gut, there are clinical studies centered around increasing its absorption. One patented encapsulated curcumin technology named Cavacurmin® was produced with 40 times higher bioavailability than pure turmeric, resulting in more effective pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects⁴.


It was also shown that a combination of curcumin and Boswellia extract increases the efficacy of Osteoarthritis treatment due to the synergistic effects of both natural plant-based ingredients³.


3. Ginger


Ginger is also a plant root similar to turmeric and is a very popular spice such that world production is estimated at 100,000 tonnes every year⁵. For more than 2500 years, ginger has been a staple in traditional medicine like Ayurveda and Chinese practices, owing to its significance as an important anti-inflammatory agent against multiple musculoskeletal diseases, such as rheumatism⁵.


Ginger contains a very complex mixture of natural compounds which was shown to reduce symptoms of joint pain, swelling and stiffness in Osteoarthritis⁵.


Ginger, a spice used in many different cuisines, was also traditionally used for medicinal purposes as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.


4. Winter Cherry


The root extracts of Winter cherry or Withania Somnifera are known to possess pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and joint-preserving effects⁶. A study has shown that treatment of OA patients with roots of Withania Somnifera produced a significant reduction in severity of pain and increase in better joint function.


Aside from that, the roots of winter cherry are reported to exhibit anti-tumour, anti-stress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory and rejuvenating properties⁷.


5. Glucosamine & Chondroitin


Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural compounds found in healthy cartilage. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are believed to promote cartilage formation and repair due to their anti-inflammatory properties⁷.


The first phase of the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) published in 2006 found that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate showed promising results among participants with with moderate-to-severe knee pain⁸.


Moreover, a multinational study found that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin is as effective at relieving knee Osteoarthritis pain and swelling as Celecoxib (a type of NSAID), without any harmful side effects⁹. Another clinical study also found that this combination helped reduce joint space narrowing which is a sign of cartilage degeneration¹⁰.


6. Fish Oil


As indicated by its name, fish oil comes from many different types of fishes and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish that are especially rich in these beneficial oils are usually deep-sea fishes that include mackerel, herring, tuna, and salmon¹¹.


Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce pain and swelling.


However, there are also plant-based omega-3 available from flaxseed and walnuts¹¹. Research suggests omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce arthritic knee pain and improve knee function¹².


Conclusion


Despite the promising outcomes of these 6 natural ingredients in relieving symptoms and slowing Osteoarthritis progression, they fall short compared to Ginflex®. Ginflex® distinguishes itself as a 100% natural therapy, featuring a meticulous blend of four of these plant-based ingredients. These include a patented formulation named Aflapin™—Indian Frankincense Resina Boswellia Serrata Extract with enhanced absorption for greater efficacy and stronger anti-inflammatory effects, Cavacurmin®, a patented Turmeric extract that significantly increases bioavailability and amplifies the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Curcumin, Ginger and Winter Cherry.


Ginflex®'s 4-in-1 solution efficiently addresses pain and inflammation while emphasizing enhanced absorption. Being entirely plant-based, it's a top choice for vegetarians and vegans. Moreover, it's Halal-certified, meeting specific dietary preferences within the Muslim community. Older individuals managing Osteoarthritis and joint pain can feel safe and confident when taking Ginflex® because its drug-free formula offers a gentle yet effective option for older adults seeking relief from joint pain.


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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational or educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals. The disclaimer also provides that no warranties are given in relation to the medical information supplied in the article, and that no liability will accrue to Miraco Nutripharm Pte Ltd or any affiliated authors in the event that a user suffers any loss as a result of reliance upon the information.

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