Mixing Natural Supplements?

Carly Member Posts: 3

Hello everyone, I've just joined. It's so good to know that help and support are available out there!

My question is, does anyone have any advice on / experience of taking natural supplements to treat arthritis? In particular, how / where to find out whether it's safe to 'mix and match' different types of products?

I have osteoarthritis in both hands, and have been doing some (very amateurish) research on which supplements / products might be best for helping to treat / ease the condition. I decided to start with Seven Seas 'JointCare Complete', which contains Glucosamine, Omega 3 (fish oils), Calcium, Chondroitin, Vitamins C, D, E and K, and Copper. However, my diet's pretty good (incl lots of home-grown organic veg) so I don't think I need the extra calcium, vitamins or minerals, plus the tablets are expensive, so I've decided to ditch those and create my own mixture. NB I'm not on any other form of medication.

A friend makes nettle balm and tincture, so I'm trialling that (I've discovered the benefits of nettle stings!!).

The other day I was looking for good quality supplements such as turmeric, which I wanted to take in tablet form as well as adding the root to various dishes. I found a company called British Supplements, and inevitably, like a kid in a sweetshop, ended up buying several other items which appear to be either 'OK' or 'good' for arthritis: as well as the turmeric, I now have separate bags / tubsful of tablets of Magnesium, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Marine Collagen, and Omega 3 fish oil.

The thing is, I don't even like taking paracetamol, so if I'm going to swallow a handful of pills every day, I need to know it's likely to do me good - or at least, not make things worse or give rise to adverse reactions.

However, while several online resources cover the effects of taking two different supplements together, I can't find anything that explains the likely effects of combining all of the above / similar.

If you have any ideas / comments, please let me know. Many thanks...