4) Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and chondroitin
Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricant that helps lubricate the joints. As cartilage thins and wears away, there is less cushioning in the joint. This makes activities that cause pain, like walking and running, more difficult. What hyaluronic acid does is fill up these spaces and provide a cushion for the joints. Hyaluronic acid can be injected into the joint to help the tissue regain its function. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve the mobility of the joints.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural substances that the body produces. They can help to heal damaged cartilage. Research has shown that they can reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis. This conservative, noninvasive treatment can be used as a remedy in these cases. However, not all patients experience significant improvements with glucosamine and chondroitin.