20 Important Things Doctors Wish You Knew About Arthritis

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6. Taking the right herbs and dietary supplements can help a lot

Susan Blum, MD, founder, and director of Blum Center for Health and author of two books on arthritis, suggests several herbal supplements for arthritis. Top among them: Boswellia, which can help with pain, and curcumin, which can ease inflammation.

“Taking them together makes them more effective, so look for a supplement that contains both compounds as well as a fatty acid such as phosphatidylcholine, which helps with absorption,” says Dr. Blum. If the annoying pain keeps you from getting quality sleep, she suggests taking the supplement right before bedtime.

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