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Let’s face it, everyone experiences muscle ad joint pain at some time or other, either due to strain and injury or constant wear and tear. Relief—in cream or gel form—is within reach. Topical muscle and joint pain remedies using natural healing ingredients can significantly relieve the ache and improve circulation.
Look for these ingredients on the label of muscle and joint aids:
One of the most popular natural remedies for muscle and joint pain, arnica is an anti-inflammatory and a local antibiotic. It helps prevent bruising and swelling after traumatic injuries and prevents blood platelets from gathering at the injury site.
A relative newcomer to the natural pain relief category, Celadrin is a patented, complex blend of eight fatty acids that decreases inflammation and improves joint health. It may also help glucosamine work faster and more efficiently in building joint cartilage and promoting joint health. Glucosamine is a natural building block of connective tissues and joint cartilage.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in the body as well as in many beverages and foods, including milk, coffee, tea, and green vegetables. While the ability of sulfur to soothe joint and muscle pain has long been recognized through soaking in sulfur-rich, mineral hot springs much is still unknown about precisely how this mineral works within the body. Some of MSM’s functions include maintaining the structure of proteins in the body, helping the formation of keratin, which is essential for hair and nail growth, and aiding in the production of immunoglobulin, which maintains the immune system.
Botanical relief for muscle and joint pain can be found from Boswellia, devil’s claw, capsaicin (from cayenne pepper), and neem—all of which can help reduce inflammation and increase mobility. Also check ingredients on product labels for magnesium, manganese, and zinc—important minerals for healthy muscles and joints.
All of these pain relievers in cream or gel form can be applied to affected areas as needed, however, applying a thin layer to the affected area three times a day is usually enough to provide adequate relief of aches and stiffness. As with all topical medicines, do not apply too frequently or too extensively. And beware of methyl salicylate or camphor, common ingredients found in many sports creams, which can be toxic in large doses.