For athletes and active individuals, proper supplementation for healthy joints is a must! Here are some supplements shown by research to be good for active joints:

Glucosamine. Many studies show that glucosamine can help joints, rebuild the bones and prevent cartilage wear and tear. Some studies also show that it can help prevent inflammation.

Chondroitin Sulfate. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are taken together; this combination can help build cartilage and can help joint pain, improve joint mobility, and slow osteoarthritis-related damage to the joint.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to prevent inflammation and help to strengthen the tendons. Omega-3 from fish oil can also increase joint mobility.

SAMe. S-adenosyl-methionine is a co-enzyme for production of body tissue. This co-enzyme helps repair the joints and reduces inflammation and pain. You also can find supplements with glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and SAMe as well. Research suggests that SAMe may be as effective as drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen for relieving joint pain and improving function (Journal of Family Practice, May 2002).

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). MSM helps build collagen that is the binding tissue for bones, which is important for healthy joints.

Calcium and Vitamin D. Essential ingredients for healthy bones! Calcium with vitamin D reduces joint pain and inflammation and helps build strong bones. A study found that vitamin D may be the key to efficiently absorbing and using calcium (Journal of the American Medical Association, November 9, 2005).

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidizing agent that helps protect connectivity. Joints are part of the connective tissues; vitamin C helps to build collagen necessary for the flexibility and also has antioxidant properties.

Tumeric, ginger, boswellia. These natural ingredients have many health benefits and natural anti-inflammatory compounds necessary for healthy joints in people who do sports.

Be sure to consult your physician for proper dosages, and if you have constant joint pain. Remember that proper nutrition and smart exercise with rest and recovery are necessary for healthy and pain-free joints.