UC-II collagen (available in "Hyaluronic Acid" supplements) was found to reduce pain during exercise by 20%, compared to 5.9% for glucosamine and chondroitin.

Beware of consuming large amounts of MSM for a long time (multiple years). MSM depletes molybdenum. Consider looking for a supplement which provides 50 mcg of molybdenum for every 1,000 mg of MSM.

Potassium is very important for bone health. Potassium is an effective alkalizing agent, thus helping to prevent the draw of calcium from bones to maintain proper pH level.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a breakdown and loss of cartilage which cushions joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Nutrients which have been found to be very effective for rheumatoid arthritis:

Histidine - an amino acid. In RA patients, histidine and related histidine metabolites, levels are very low. RA patients should avoid alcohol because it has been found to significantly decrease serum levels of histidine (and increases levels of threonine).

Comparison of ArthroPro vs Ultra COX-2
ArthroPro
Ultra COX-2 Combo
Ingredient Short Description
Life Extension
Swanson
   
300 mg
Curcumin  
300 mg
Quercetin  
562.5 mg
Nettle  
400 mg
Chondrotin Sulfate  
375 mg
100 mg
Nexrutine  
250 mg
N-acetyl d-glucosamine  
250 mg
Glucosamine sulfate  
37.5 mg
200 mg (40mg)
5-Loxin / Boswella  
30 mg
Ginger  

Amounts are per two capsules.

Swanson IsoOxygene "COX-2 Modulator" - 500 mg - hops extract, 30% alpha and iso-alpha acids.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a loss of minerals from bone.

Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a commonly prescribed anticoagulant drug which interferes with vitamin K metabolism. Usage of warfarin leads to the rapid develoment of osteoporosis and arterial calcification. Warfarin patients are usually advised to avoid vitamin K (making the development of osteoporosis an even greater concern). Those using warfarin may want to consider using careful, consistent supplementation of the K2 varient of vitamin K with close monitoring of their INR values.

Links

http://ww2.arthritis.org/conditions/SupplementGuide/herbs_a_c.asp - further information on herbs and supplements commonly used for arthritis.