Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis (2019)
Are you dealing with RA?
Well – you’re probably experiencing the side effects of classic medication yourself. I’ve been there too.
For this reason, adding a supplement to your diet might help.
Here are the best 5 supplements for rheumatoid arthritis I used in my fight with this condition. Maybe they can help you too.
Note: These are my personal recommendations. They don’t replace prescribed treatment, they’re simply an alternative solution.
This is probably my favorite supplement for RA:
- Based on turmeric (my favorite herb for inflammation)
- Contains some high dosage
- Works really well in terms of pain
Now – when it comes to relieving my pain, it’s one of the best things I’ve tried.
But the reason why it’s my #1 recommendation is its price:
- Probably the cheapest supplement that helped me considerably.
- Some others also helped, but they cost almost double (you can see them below).
So Turmeric Plus remains my top recommendation for RA pain – especially if you can’t afford paying $50 per month.
Ingredients: Turmeric powder, Turmeric extract, Bioperine
Best For: Any type of RA (it has high doses – that are enough for both mild and severe forms).
Tip: It costs $24 per bottle, but you can get it for about $16. First, use my coupon code from below and you get 5% off. If you buy a larger pack, you will get one bottle for free and a much lower price (around $16/bottle).
- Decreased my RA joint pain from the first week
- The ingredients have over average doses
- You only have to take 2 pills per day
- Their turmeric source is probably very natural
- The cheapest supplement that really works for me
- You can only find it on the official website
- Not many authentic reviews available online
If you afford spending anything – this supplement is my #1 recommendation for you:
- Contains many original ingredients
- Formula works for both inflammation and cartilage damage
- It can treat several types of arthritis
When it comes to RA – it contains several herbs that can make miracles.
I speak from experience here…
However – it’s a very expensive product and I personally can’t afford to buy it every month. That’s the reason why it’s #2 on my list.
When it comes to effectiveness, it’s as good as Turmeric Plus. It’s only 2 things that make it worse:
- the number of pills per day
Ingredients: Glucosamine, Meruva Phytosome, Natural Eggshell Membrane, Herbazyme Soothing Blend, Boswellia Extract, Bovine Cartilage
Best For: People with any form of RA or both OA and RA (as I am).
Not Good For: People with lower budgets.
- Works really well (and fast) for pain
- Unique combination of ingredients in high doses
- Lots of authentic reviews available
- Also works for osteoarthritis
- Pretty expensive for a regular budget
- You have to take 6 pills per day, which is really uncomfortable
#3 – Curcumin 2000 ($59.95)
This is one of the best products I’ve used in all these years:
- Contains quality ingredients
- Also has very high doses
For this reason – it would be impossible to be a useless product.
In reality, this supplement decreased my RA pain almost completely in about a month.
So from this point of view – I can totally recommend it.
However, there’s one reason why it’s not higher on my list:
- Monthly dose costs almost $60
- Really pricey overall
So it is a great solution for RA, even on the long term. But honestly – I couldn’t pay the price every month.
Ingredients: Turmeric root, Turmeric extract, Bioperine
Best For: Any type of RA, including severe forms
Not Good For: Lower budgets, at least I don’t recommend it unless you can really afford it
- Decreased my pain really fast
- Also helps with morning stiffness
- Really good ingredients (website says they are all organic, but I’m not 100% sure)
- Has a money back guarantee
- Works for any type of RA, including severe forms (I stand as an example)
- Extremely expensive
- No authentic reviews online
- No dosage for each ingredient (only the overall dose mentioned)
Though it’s my #1 recommendation for osteoarthritis, I noticed that this supplement can also treat some of my RA pain.
And I can tell the exact reason why:
- Contains several anti-inflammatory herbs
- Can control inflammation
So this supplement can decrease your RA pain – but I doubt it will cure it completely:
- It’s mostly designed for OA
- Herbs inside it don’t have very high dosages
That’s why it’s not my top recommendation for RA – even though it works.
Best For: People who have both RA and OA or mild forms of RA.
Not Good For: Severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis, because it won’t help much.
- Helpful for morning stiffness
- It’s perfect if you also have cartilage problems associated with RA
- Wide variety of ingredients
- Pretty low doses to decrease RA pain completely
- Not the cheapest supplement I’ve seen
- You can’t find a lot of authentic reviews about it
#5 – Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin ($19.95)
Schwartz’s product wasn’t the best choice for me. That’s why it’s only on the 5th position:
- Didn’t bring a major relief
- Worked pretty weakly overall
Now – it’s surely not a bad choice for RA:
- Has great ingredients in high dosages.
- Maybe their quality isn’t very superior.
- Otherwise I can’t explain why it didn’t work better.
However, if you have a mild form of RA – it should be good enough.
Ingredients: Turmeric, Turmeric Extract, Bioperine
Best For: Mild forms of RA, in my opinion.
Not Good For: Average and severe forms. I’m saying that based on my experience with it.
- Very good ingredients in high doses
- Free of sweeteners and gluten
- You can find it on several websites
- Pretty affordable
- Didn’t work as well as expected
- I’m not sure about the quality of their ingredients
- Not the fastest supplement of this kind (I needed several weeks to see an effect)
Top 3 Ingredients For A Good Product
Obviously, there are thousands of products on the market at this point.
I’ve tried different combinations, but turmeric supplements work best for me. And from what I read – a lot of people with RA agree with me.
Turmeric is probably the strongest anti-inflammatory herb.
And as RA is caused by inflammation – turmeric should normally solve the problem.
- not all turmeric supplements contain high dosages
- many people aren’t aware of that
- so they just buy what seems cheaper
- they end up getting no relief
- they stop trying other brands, just because they think turmeric isn’t useful
- in fact, they simply chose a bad product
So let me show you what any RA supplement should contain – in my opinion.
1. Turmeric Powder
This is the basic ingredient, a powder from the root of Turmeric.
As I said – it’s the best natural anti-inflammatory I ever used.
In fact, I believe it works much better than a lot of classic anti-inflammatory. It simply doesn’t have as many side effects.
- The average dose is between 1000-2000 mg per day.
- Higher doses could lead do nausea and diarrhea, but I can’t tell for sure.
- There are very few products with over 2000 mg per serving.
- So it does make sense.
But in my case – anything between 1000-2000 mg is enough, even though I have a severe form of RA.
2. Turmeric Extract (Curcuminoides)
That’s the secret of many supplements.
In fact – that’s what makes them better than turmeric powder:
- The extract is a lot more valuable than turmeric powder itself.
- Studies showed that curcuminoides have a much better anti-inflammatory effect.
- That even in a lower dosage.
Most supplements contain between 50-100 mg per serving and that seems to be enough.
So in my opinion – turmeric extract is a must for every valuable supplement.
3. Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract)
This is an essential ingredient for any product based on turmeric:
- Without bioperine, our body can’t absorb turmeric properly.
- More than 50% of it is eliminated immediately.
- However, studies showed that bioperine increases its absorption with 2000%.
That’s why I advise people to stay away from turmeric supplements that don’t have any bioperine.
Your body is simply not absorbing the biggest part of turmeric. So you’re not going to get the dose from the label – for sure.
How Fast Should They Work?
To be honest – there’s no clear answer to that.
There isn’t a fixed period in which a supplement should work.
Plus – there’s no official data about this: no study, no research, nothing.
But here’s my experience:
Most supplements started working after about 3-4 weeks.
If you don’t notice any change after this period – your product is probably not very effective.
However, that’s the worst case. Because in the best case – it could work after a few days:
- That was the case with Turmeric Plus (my #1 recommendation)
- Joint Advantage Gold and Curcumin 2K were also very fast
So all these 3 products needed a very little time to start working.
The only difference between them is price.
Short answer: So overall, a good supplement should work after 1 month.