Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis (2021)

Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis That I Tried

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.


#1 – Turmeric Plus ($23.95)

This is probably my favorite supplement for RA:

  • Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis That I TriedBased 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:

  1. Probably the cheapest supplement that helped me considerably.
  2. 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
See My Full Review HERE



#2 – Joint Advantage Gold ($49.49)

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:

  • price
  • 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
See My Full Review HERE



#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)
See My Full Review HERE


#4 – ProJoint Plus ($29.95)

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:

  1. It’s mostly designed for OA
  2. Herbs inside it don’t have very high dosages

That’s why it’s not my top recommendation for RA – even though it works.

Ingredients: Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, Boswellia extract, Turmeric, Bromelain, Quercetin, Methionine

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
See My Full Review HERE



#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:

  1. Has great ingredients in high dosages.
  2. Maybe their quality isn’t very superior.
  3. 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)
See My Full Review HERE


Top 3 Ingredients For A Good Product

Obviously, there are thousands of products on the market at this point.

Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis That I Tried

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.

But unfortunately:

  • 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.

  1. The average dose is between 1000-2000 mg per day.
  2. Higher doses could lead do nausea and diarrhea, but I can’t tell for sure.
  3. There are very few products with over 2000 mg per serving.
  4. 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:

  1. The extract is a lot more valuable than turmeric powder itself.
  2. Studies showed that curcuminoides have a much better anti-inflammatory effect.
  3. 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:

  1. Without bioperine, our body can’t absorb turmeric properly.
  2. More than 50% of it is eliminated immediately.
  3. 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.

Best 5 Supplements For Rheumatoid Arthritis That I Tried

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.

Heather Pharm.D.

Heather Tracy Foley is a Pharmacy graduate, Blogger and Author with a vast experience in health sciences. She has a particular interest in joint pain and rheumatology and spent several years studying health problems. You can find her on Pinterest or via email.

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8 Responses

  1. Krissie Dallison says:

    Hello Heather, I have rhuematoid arthritis and have been using turmeric with mixed results. Some products work amazing, and with other it feels like I’m not taking anything.

    I can see you have Curcumin 2000 on your list, I used this one and was pretty satisfied but I stopped buying it because I simply could not afford it anymore. 

    I like your top recommendation because it’s much cheaper, so I will surely try it, price is my main criteria right now (I’m going through a family crisis). Just wanted to ask your advice, are there are alternative methods to improve my RA? Other than supplements? 

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Krissie. Curcumin 2000 is indeed a good supplement but it’s extremely pricey – so I totally agree with you, I couldn’t afford buying it monthly either.

    Give Turmeric Plus a try and let me know how it goes. It’s much cheaper overall so I don’t think there’s anything to lose.

    Regarding your question, I can recommend you a few alternative treatments for RA:

    – use a hot bottle for your morning stiffness (it will go away in less than 30 minutes)

    – try adding apple cider vinegar to your diet

    – avoid processed and fast foods as much as you can and go for foods that are fresh: cereals, fruits, even organic diary (as long as they’re natural, they’re not going to cause any flareups)

    – herbs can also help: whether it is celery, nettlesCayenne pepper or cherries

    – I already mentioned turmeric (this herb is my top recommendation for RA and inflammation)

    – you can also use these hacks in your most painful days

    – regarding exercising, walking could help most (if you’re able to walk even a bit); you can also try yoga in your spare time, it’s the easiest form of exercising with arthritis

    acupuncture can also help, but make sure you choose a super professional practitioner (for hygiene reasons)

    – pay extra attention in humid days, because rainy weather can cause a flareup; you can use a hot bottle and keep your joints warmed up

    Hope these tips help!

  3. Richard Hoover says:

    Should all these be taken in the same period of time for the best effect?

  4. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Richard, obviously not. These are the best products I know when it comes to RA, but it’s up to you which one you want to choose. You only have to use one because they all do the same thing (decrease inflammation and reduce pain). So don’t even think about taking 2 at the same time because the effect isn’t going to be any better. Instead, all you do is to increase the risk of side effects, which can be really dangerous.

  5. Sharon Cheek says:

    I have used both Turmeric Curcumin Plus and Joint Advantage Gold, they both helped me but the first one is much better for my budget. I can’t afford paying so much for a supplement at the moment so I agree that price is important. Right now I am very happy with the relief I get from Turmeric Curcumin Plus so I’m planning to stay with it. My husband developed osteoarthritis in his knee, do you think turmeric would help him too? Or it’s only for RA?

  6. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Sharon, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with these 2 products, I’m happy to hear they helped you so much! I strongly recommend turmeric for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory problems. When it comes to osteoarthritis, the cause behind this problem is different (cartilage damage). There is also some inflammation, but it’s more of a consequence of the cartilage damage. So turmeric will help in osteoarthritis, but not a lot. That’s why it’s not my main recommendation here. Instead, I strongly recommend cartilage re-builders, which are supplements based on glucosamine + chondroitin. They are the best choice in OA because they treat the exact cause behind this condition. Your husband should also take a look at these remedies, their effect might add up.

    Please let me know how it goes.

  7. Renee Hills says:

    TY so much for this analysis, I will try your 1st choice, since I have not been a fan of Turmeric, I guess I tried the wrong products. I am so tired of taking pills, so I started to try to apply it on my skin [I use all my vitamins through patches], I just bought Turmeric oil, hoping to get some result when applying it to my knees, wrists. Do you have any feedback about that? Would love to hear your valuable thoughts!

  8. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Renee, topical turmeric has never worked for me, probably because I have a pretty severe form of arthritis. But as you probably know, turmeric has some absorption issues even if it’s taken by mouth, so I assume its topical effect is even worse in terms of absorption. But since you already bought turmeric oil, you can give it a try several times and see if you ever notice an improvement. Maybe you have a mild form of joint pain, so you may see some better results than me. But if you want to see the real effect of turmeric, I really advise you to take it internally, that’s what made a difference in my case.

    As for the turmeric products you try, they might have had some either too low or too high doses. I usually recommend around 1000-1500 mg turmeric powder, 50-150 mg curcuminoids and 5-10 mg BioPerine. That’s the combination that works best for me, without producing me any secondary reactions. Everyone is different, that’s for sure, but I had a very positive feedback from my readers who tried this.

    Hope this helps!

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