Popular Joint Supplements Fight Chronic Inflammation


Glucosamine and chondroitin, popular joint supplements among athletes, active people, and those with osteoarthritis, have long been regarded as a source of building blocks for healthy cartilage that cushions joints. Now, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that both nutrients are also anti-inflammatory, thereby helping to protect joints and prevent a variety of chronic conditions driven by inflammation, including cancer.

Using blood samples, the study, published in the journal PLoS One, found that the supplements reduced C-reactive protein, a chief marker of systemic inflammation.



Joint Effort

Some remedies may work better together for arthritis and joint pain. Plus: new and exciting options

Drinking tart cherry juice can relieve joint pain from different types of arthritis. Among healthy endurance athletes, it has reduced pain after a long race.

Quiz: Are Your Joints Healthy?

Joint problems become more common with age, but they aren’t inevitable. A diet that’s low in refined carbs and oils, but rich in anti-inflammatory fats and fresh veggies, helps to keep joints healthy. But there’s more to know. Wondering what? Take our quiz to find out.