Since I sew/knit/crochet/draw/paint/etc pretty much ALL day EVERY day, I decided to look into some joint health supplements. Taking pills is one of my least favorite things ever, but my fear of arthritis and/or carpal tunnel syndrome is far greater than my hatred for pills.
Right now, I don’t have too much joint pain in my hands or fingers unless I’m working a bunch of 12+ hrs/day in the studio and the work is something that uses alot of pinning, gripping, or repetitive motions (aka: at the end of every project when deadlines are approaching faster than I want). Even though my hands feel pretty good most of the time, I figured it can’t hurt to start paying attention to my joints now. I NEED them to do what I love. And, it’d be nice to be able to knit past the age of 30.
I’m a total rookie when it comes to supplements, but this is what I’m taking right now:
Glucosamine (large white pill)
Green tea extract (beige pill)
Ginger root extract (yellow pill)
Fish oil gelcap (amber pill)
(NOTE: I’m sensitive to caffeine, so I have to make sure I don’t take the green tea extract too late in the day or I can’t sleep at night.)
(SECOND NOTE: I’M NOT A DOCTOR. I don’t know anything about supplements other than what google and my local pharmacist told me. Just thought maybe other artist/crafters/knitters might be interested in starting to look into joint health. “Check with your doctor before you start any health supplement regime….” blah blah blah.)