We're using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you're agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more

Should I try JointEase Plus?

Q) I've received a leaflet advertising the latest 'natural' product for the treatment of arthritis. It's called JointEase Plus and is a formulation of various vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and herbs. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and hips and my GP has given me a six-week course of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), but she's unwilling to prescribe it continually, and the only alternatives she suggests are buprenomorphine patches, which I'm not yet ready for, or a possible hip operation, which I'm not keen on at the age of 84. I'm wondering whether to rely on paracetamol and this 'natural' treatment. My GP is sceptical. I should be grateful for your more specialised opinion.
Jayne K Mudd, Orpington, Kent (Summer 2010

A) JointEase Plus is a mixture of vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and herbs. However, the ‘key’ ingredients are quoted to be glucosaminechondroitin and MSM. They're probably harmless and only have mild anti-inflammatory benefit, if any. There's no harm in trying them, along with paracetamol. They'll only harm your wallet (unless you are allergic to shellfish). In addition, try to keep as active as you can. And have a word with your doctor about those NSAIDs. The benefits in your case may outweigh the potential harm.

This answer was provided by Dr Philip Helliwell for the Summer 2010 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

Send your questions for Dr Tom Margham to

Keep up to date with the latest from Arthritis TodaySign up today.


0800 5200 520

Our new helpline: Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis. Open Mon–Fri 9am–8pm.

All calls are recorded for training and quality purposes

Virtual Assistant

Our new Arthritis Virtual Assistant uses artificial intelligence to answer your arthritis related questions 24/7.

Ask a question

We're now

Versus Arthritis.

You're being taken through to our new website in order to finish your donation.

Thank you for your generosity.

For more information, go to
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.