Several herbs and botanical extract show powerful promise in supporting joint health.
Steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work well, but come with a considerable risk of side effects that make them unsuitable for long-term use. This is where herbal agents with much more favorable safety profiles can play a role. The safety of these ingredients compared with the toxicity associated with pharmaceuticals makes them a highly attractive alternative.
Boswellia resin is an anti-inflammatory agent that can protect the cartilage producing cells from death induced by inflammation, improve the production of cartilage components, and block the activity of enzymes that degrade cartilage.
Devil’s Claw root blocks inflammation by suppressing the genes that initiate the process and has protective effects on cartilage.
White Willow bark is mentioned in ancient texts from around the world as a remedy for pain and fever. The active ingredient in White Willow, salicin, has similar pain and anti-inflammatory effects as the NSAID Refecoxib, but does not have any harmful effects on the stomach.
Yucca Schidigera contains anti-inflammatory phenolics such as Resveratrol.
Phellodendron is utilized in Chinese medicine to control pain and inflammation. It has been found to work at the level of DNA to block activation of genes that start the inflammatory process.
Eleanor Kellon, DMV and Staff Veterinary Specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition