My Husband has turned his joint pain and osteoporosis around using supplements:
MSM - lots (~8000+mg/day)
Glucosamine (vegetarian source due to shellfish allergy)
Fish Oil (he uses cod liver oil; he gets bad effects from salmon oil)
Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc-Vitamin D3 supplement
Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate powder) ~ 2-3000mg/day
He also goes hiking in the mountains on weekends. The reason he had these issues before was a combination of long-term steroid use (from severe allergic disease) and malnutrition (from malabsorption). He has been able to reduce his steroid requirement significantly also.
Steroids are known to cause osteoarthritis, so this is why I've posted this info here.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds: IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, Magnesium, homeopathy.