Minerals, Enzymes, Herbal Remedies and other Nutritional Supplements: Beware

Though many minerals, enzymes, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements have shown promise relieving inflammation associated with arthritis and have shown promise in slowing down or halting the destruction of joint cartilage, beware taking anything before consulting your doctor or doing the research. Not all companies sell the same quality of product, and taking high doses of certain trace minerals and chemicals can have toxic effects on the body. For example, though elements such as Copper and Boron are essential trace minerals that operate in the body, toxic levels in the body could go so far as to damage your kidneys or liver.

Also, unlike prescription and over the counter medications, the nutritional supplements and herbal remedies available in pharmacies, vitamin stores, health-food stores, and online often have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. The FDA. Often, the only thing you have to go on that suggests that the product works are some online sites espousing the virtues of its active ingredients and the company itself saying that the product works. Also, you must consider that the standards for making certain vitamins, supplements, and herbal therapies vary by company, so that one company may be putting out a superior quality of product compared to another company.



Often, there will be no proof that an alternative remedy will treat or cure your back pain, or even that the product will be safe. Also, you won't have any assurances that the package will contain what the label says. In particular, many holistic supplements and herbal therapies from countries such as India and Eastern Asia have products other than the ingredient listed on the product label that may be harmful to the body, such as heavy metals. Some recent studies by independent laboratories showed that several products included potentially harmful ingredients that were not listed on the product labels. Many products did not contain quality concentrations of the chemical compounds that were claimed to help treat disease, or contained smaller amounts of ingredients than the label listed.

If you want to try nutritional supplements, than you will want to do your due diligence in finding the right ingredients, in the right amounts, and you will want to buy from a company that offers high quality ingredients. You should make sure to purchase from a reputable dealer, and look for words like "standardized" or "standard" on the label. If you so see the words "standardized" or "standard " on the label, you will know that it means that the supplement meets an international standard of quality. You may want to contact your doctor's office to see if they recommend taking certain types of medications. If you do take certain supplements, you should make sure not to exceed the doses recommended on the bottle. You may want to do some research online, or in reputable medical journals, to make sure that you don't exceed the recommended doses of certain vitamins, minerals, or chemical compounds that are on the product label.

Some popular enzymes and minerals for treating pain and inflammation associated with degenerative joint disease include SAM (S-adenosylmethionine), Magnesium, Glucosamine, Fish Oil, Copper, Calcium, and Bromelain.