Joint pain affects millions and millions of people around the world. Even extremely health conscious people end up having to end painfully joints occasionally. For some, the pain might only be temporary, but for others, it becomes a part of their daily lives. They wake up with painful joints, and they go to bed with painful joints.

Joint pain can be caused by numerous different things. It can be the result of an injury for example, or even the result of sleeping on a poor quality mattress. Fortunately, when your pain is caused by reasons such as these, it is usually short lived.

If on the other hand your pain is being caused by a disease like arthritis, then it is not likely to just go away. Arthritis is not the sort of disease that appears and then simply disappears again a short while later. In fact, it is the single largest cause of disability in the world, and the number of people being affected by the disease is increasing at an alarming rate.

Can Arthritis Be Cured?
It is often said that there is currently no known cure for arthritis, and while I am certainly not going to argue with medical professionals, I will go as far as saying I am not entirely convinced. Perhaps I should say that I am not entirely convinced that the disease can not be prevented. Everyone in my immediate family has suffered from arthritis, apart from me, and of course I have my own theories as to why this has been the case.

For example, while I have never really gone out of my way to eat a fully balanced diet, my typical diet has always contained lots of essential fatty acids. My favorite foods are also very good sources of complex carbohydrates, some of which are known as mucopolysaccharides.

In fact, when somebody asks me to recommend supplements for joint pain, I always advise them to use good quality fish oil supplements, since fish fish is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids. I also advise them to use a green lipped mussel powder supplement, since this is on the other hand, is a good source of those complex carbohydrates I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Many people have also found that garlic supplements help to reduce joint pain, but it is important to remember that what works for one person, might not work for another person. It is also worth remembering that dietary supplements for joint pain are not likely to result in immediate relief in the same way prescription drugs do.

One Important Reason To Consider The Use Of Supplements
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have long since been the most widely used pharmaceutical based arthritis treatment. These days however, there has been a dramatic shift to COX-2 inhibitors, which generally speaking, are simply improved NSAIDs. The disturbing thing about this approach to treatment is that the drugs are not without risks.

In the last twelve years or so, COX-2 inhibitors have been linked to no less than 140,000 cases of coronary heart disease in the United States. Even more disturbing is the fact that in the United Kingdom the drugs have so far been linked to more than 100 fatal heart attacks.