Which Supplements Improve Joint Health?

Joint HealthAthletes and aging adults alike are typically quite concerned with joint health. For those with joint trouble, your orthopedic specialist may recommend taking certain supplements to help with your case. The following are supplements that are commonly suggested for orthopedic patients.


Calcium is especially vital for women. For people with dairy intolerance or with dietary habits that exclude dairy, it may be difficult to get enough of this critical component to bone strength (though it can be found in non-dairy sources). Lack of calcium contributes to osteoporosis in later adulthood.

Vitamin D

Your body needs vitamin D to properly use the calcium it ingests, which is why calcium and vitamin D are commonly recommended together to benefit joint health patients. Vitamin D is provided by sunlight, so for someone who rarely spends time outside, a supplement may be needed.


Glucosamine is a component of your joint cartilage. This supplement, derived from shellfish like crab and lobster, is used to boost mobility and improve the comfort of your joints. Additionally, cartilage deterioration slows down when Glucosamine is taken.


Osteoarthritis cases may be improved by taking Chondroitin, as it is an inflammation reducer. Supplements combining glucosamine and chondroitin are often marketed as providing amplified benefits for pain relief, and better mobility. Your doctor may recommend specific types of Chondroitin or Glucosamine, so be sure to pay attention to these details.


MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a very useful chemical for joint health. Arthritis patients often find major relief with MSM as it reduces inflammation and pain, improves flexibility in joints,  and helps your body produce antioxidants — another major asset in the battle for better joint health.


This enzyme, found in pineapples, is helpful for improving swelling and inflammation. Bruises, sprains, strains and swelling from surgery have all been shown to benefit from bromelain.

For many patients, getting these substances through food is enough. However, for picky eaters or those who have dietary restrictions a supplement may be useful. Be sure to talk to both your medical and orthopedic doctor before adding a new supplement.

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