The Ultimate Guide to Supplements for Joint Health in Singapore (2021)

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Dr Henry Chan

November 11th, 2020· 5 min read

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In their lifetime, the average person would have walked a crazy distance of about five times around the Earth’s equator! That is quite some mileage for our body to handle. Our largest (and most complex) joints, the knees, take the brunt of the wear and tear.

Like any vehicle or piece of machinery, taking good care of the joints is the key to it working well through the elderly age.

Here, we take you through all you need to know about Joint Health in this Ultimate Guide - common joint problems, ways to keep your joints healthy, medical treatments for joint health problems and how to manage your joint health problems.

What are Joints?

A joint is a structure of the body at which two bones make contact. It serves to hold the skeleton together and helps with mobility. I guess you could say it is pivotal in our ability to move.

What are the Types of Joints?

Joints can be classified based on the joint’s makeup of connective tissue, which relates to how much the joint can move. Many of which might have not thought to be a joint at all!

1. Fibrous joints

Fibrous joints are fixed joints that are made of bones connected by dense fibrous tissue (made up of mostly collagen) - because of this, you cannot really move them.

Some examples of fibrous joints include the ones that attach the root of human teeth to the jawbones and the ones that exist between the two long bones that run parallel in your forearm.

2. Cartilaginous joints

Cartilaginous joints refer to joints that are attached by cartilage, which is a tough but flexible type of tissue. Because of the unique properties of cartilage, some of these joints can be slightly moveable.

Between each vertebra in your spine, there are cartilaginous joints to support movement such as bending over.

3. Synovial joints

Synovial joints are the most mobile types of joints of the body. The joint cavity is encased with fibrous tissue and is filled with synovial fluid that functions as a lubricant - just like oil for moving machine parts.

Your shoulders, elbows, neck, and knees all contain synovial joints. Since these joints are used mainly for movement, they are more vulnerable to injury without proper care.

Related: Your Knee Pain Might Be More Serious Than You Think! This Orthopaedic Surgeon Tells You What To Look Out For

Why is Joint Health Important?

If your joints are not well taken care of, especially the ones you use the most, you could become affected with arthritis. Arthritis is the umbrella term for any joint-affected disorder.

Some joint disorders can lead to symptoms like joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

It can become uncomfortable to walk or even stand, leading to a possible disability. Across the globe, more than 80% of patients with knee osteoarthritis experience difficulty moving to a certain extent. [1]

Did you know that up to 10% of the Singaporean population may have osteoarthritis in the knee, which is the most common joint disorder amongst Asian people? [2]

The symptoms of joint disorders can present itself overnight or over a long period of time.

Poor maintenance of joint health in the past can lead to joint disorders in your later years. As you get older, your body will undoubtedly age and become weaker than before.

However, taking good care of your joints will minimise that progression and allow you to lead a more zestful life in your senior years!

Joint Pain

What are some Common Joint Problems in Singapore?

Generally, the symptoms for joint disorders can develop as early as in your mid-40s. Arthritis can affect your knees, hips, feet, and even spine.

There are over a hundred types of joint disorders, each differing slightly in their nature and symptoms. Being mindful of the symptoms can help you with early detection of joint disorder, and hence, earlier treatment.

1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disorder. It involves progressive damage and deterioration of the cartilage.

Symptoms include pain and swelling in the joints. Occasionally, one may also experience a mild stiffness in the joint.

The occurrence of OA development can be caused by multiple contributing factors such as [3]:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Knee injury
  • Overuse of joints
  • Bone density
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint laxity

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2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory arthritis condition that affects around 1% of the population in Singapore, or about 45,000 people [4]. RA usually develops between people aged 20 to 45 years old.

RA is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joint tissue. The triggers for this reaction remain unknown.

Symptoms of RA are like those of OA - pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. This may also be accompanied by additional symptoms such as fatigue and fever.

The unique nature of RA causes it to potentially affect other parts of the body, like the heart, lungs, nerves, eyes, and even the skin. [5]

3. Gout

Gout refers to arthritis that is caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints and inflammation arises due to the build-up.

Gout usually brings about intense pain that is felt most commonly in the big toe, and then in the other joints like the ankles, knees, and feet.

Related: Can gout be permanently cured?

4. Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis condition that occurs in children due to an autoimmune disorder, just like RA.

The child may suffer from pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. There may also be symptoms of fever and rashes.

If left untreated, the condition can worsen and affect the eyes and the child’s growth and bone development.

Related: How To Get Rid Of Running Pain, According To A Sport Medicine Doctor


What Are Some Ways to Keep My Joints Healthy?

Though some of the arthritis conditions’ triggers are unknown, OA is still the most common and easiest to prevent. The fact that many habitual and environmental factors contribute to the onset of OA means there are healthy practices we could adopt to avoid it.

Eating Well

Having a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial to maintaining healthy joints. The foundation of strong and fit joints is laid by nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, protein, zinc, and vitamin D. [6] Different parts of the joint such as the bones and cartilage require adequate levels of these nutrients to function well.

This means infusing healthy food into your meals such as dairy products, milk, meat, fish, citrus fruits, and vegetables. [6] Cutting back on processed foods, sugar and alcohol can also be helpful.

Consistency is key, and a continuously poor diet in the past may lead to a deficiency in important nutrients for your joint health in the future.

As with everything else, moderation is also very important. Overconsumption can result in being overweight or obese, which will increase the load your joints have to bear. Bodyweight causes stress to your knees and hips. This could also potentially lead to osteoarthritis.

Making a habit of eating nutrient-rich foods and in moderate amounts can help maintain a healthy weight and improve your joint health.

Getting Exercise

As mentioned earlier, being overweight or obese can put excessive stress on your joints and potentially cause osteoarthritis. A study has shown that people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 kg/m2 and are suffering from clinical knee OA, experienced improvement in their symptoms after weight loss. [7]

Related: Is running a good exercise for obese people or are there risks?

Obesity or being overweight can be treated with exercise along with good eating habits. Physical activity, such as strength training and aerobic exercises will help improve your fitness and facilitate weight loss, which in turn, relieves pressure off your joints.

Gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts will help boost the health of your joints in the future, hopefully improving your range of motion.

Supplements for Joint Health

Taking Supplements

Incorporating supplements into your diet could also help lower the risk of arthritis conditions. Ideally, the symptoms of arthritis, like joint pain and stiffness can also be alleviated slightly. Always remember to check in with a trusted doctor before taking supplements to find what would best suit you and helps protect your joints.

a) Glucosamine Supplements

Glucosamine is a structural component of cartilage, which makes up the connective tissue of the joints. While it is a popular supplement used by patients who have arthritis, though it remains controversial in its effectiveness against arthritis. However, there are some findings that support its antiarthritic abilities.

Glucosamine has been shown to counter the detrimental effects of a particular gene responsible for breaking down cartilage [8]. A study has shown that glucosamine has been very effective in treating stiffness, one of the most common arthritis symptoms. [9] For patients who are already diagnosed with arthritis conditions like RA, glucosamine, used concurrently with medically prescribed medication helps lessen the effects of RA symptoms. [10]

b) Collagen Supplements

Collagen is an important protein found everywhere in your body such as your muscle, skin, internal organs and cartilage in joints.

Studies show that oral collagen can help improve one’s osteoarthritis condition while remaining safe for the patient. [11] Collagen hydrolysate could potentially lower the risk of joint damage. [12]

c) Japanese White Turmeric Supplements

Japanese White Turmeric supplements, like Turmeron Joint, are obtained from the plant that shares its name. Japanese White Turmeric contains special chemical compounds such as labdane-type diterpenes which are not found in other turmeric plants.

These compounds have been shown to be a very reliable and potent effector in helping joint pains. [13]

How does Japanese White Turmeric Supplements help with Joint Health?

It is paramount to have ample lubrication in the joints of your knees, much like how oil in machines helps reduce friction to prolong their longevity — for our joints, this helpful lubrication is called synovial fluid. The synovial fluid also doubles as nourishment for the cartilage and tendons to ensure that they continue to remain healthy.

Synovial fluid contains a very high level of hyaluronic acid to maintain viscosity and joint health. It does this by protecting against inflammation and guarding the cartilage.

Japanese White Turmeric supplements like Turmeron Joint contain special chemical compounds called labdane-type diterpenes which help impede the body’s natural degradation of hyaluronic acid and suppress synovial membrane inflammation. [13] This ensures that hyaluronic levels are maintained to keep the joints healthy.

What Type of Turmeric Supplement is suitable for Joint Health?

Through research and development into the turmeric plant, Turmeron Joint has discovered a special type of turmeric, Japanese White Turmeric, to be a very beneficial ingredient to our joint health.

It’s true, your typical yellow turmeric has been shown to have certain anti-inflammatory properties. However, studies on the effectiveness of yellow turmeric do not entirely suggest strong and definitive evidence that it helps with joint health. [14]

Also read: Can I just add more turmeric to my meals to stop the pain?

After seventeen years of research and development, Turmeron Joint was perfected with the help of the Japanese White Turmeric. It has active ingredients that help inhibit the abnormal growth of synovial membrane and cells, preventing secondary inflammation and further damage to the cartilage and other tissues in the joint capsule.

The natural breakdown of the essential hyaluronic acid is inhibited with the labdane-type diterpenes in Japanese White Turmeric, preserving the health of the joints.

The open study revealed that over 70% of the participants showed significant improvement for their knee, back, hip, and finger joints. You may start feeling results as soon as two to three weeks after taking the supplements.

Adopting the Turmeron Joint supplements into your daily routine could possibly be a great addition to your joint health toolbelt.

It is ideal to acquire the advice of a healthcare practitioner when using Turmeron Joint supplements with your prescribed medication.

How much does Turmeron Joint Supplements cost?

A bottle of Turmeron Joint supplements, containing 30 capsules of Dietary Supplement Vegan Softgel, costs about $65 which will last you for a month.

It can be purchased at healthcare retail shops like Watson. It is best to ask your trusted doctor before adopting any type of supplements into your diet.

Read this: The Essential Guide to Health Screening in Singapore (2021)

Healthy elderly exercising

What are the differences between Japanese White Turmeric Supplements and other Garden Variety Turmeric Supplements?

The research into yellow turmeric and its active compound, curcumin, towards its effect on joint health did not provide substantial evidence of its success.

Conversely, research into the Japanese White Turmeric and its labdane compound have yielded much more promising results.

There are 3 major ways that Japanese White Turmeric has surpassed other Turmeric supplements that contain mainly curcumin:

Related: Can Turmeron replace my pain medications that don't seem to work?

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Most Curcuma longa plants, like yellow turmeric, contain low levels of curcumin. Curcumin may have some effect on arthritis [14] but the foundation for that assertion is not strong.

On the other hand, the active compound in Japanese White Turmeric is more than 100 times higher than the amount found in common Curcuma longa plants.

Furthermore, Japanese White Turmeric also has a high concentration of labdane-type diterpenes, which the other plants have none of.

Also read: 3 Comparisons Between Japanese White Turmeric And Yellow Turmeric For Joint Pain

Labdane-type diterpenes are a special chemical compound, exists in Japanese White Turmeric and is able to treat osteoarthritis at a higher level of effectiveness. [16] Moreover, the compound’s ability to suppress the breakdown of hyaluronic acid helps to maintain the health of the joints. [13]

Presence of Side Effects

Curcumin, present in other turmeric supplements, has been shown to be associated with negative side effects in some patients such as headache, diarrhoea, and rash. [17]

Curcumin is also known as a blood thinner and hence, people on blood pressure-related medication are advised to take caution when taking curcumin.

However, Japanese White Turmeric performs well in inflammatory and pain reduction and has no known side effects. Evidence suggests that it is safe to be taken with other medications.

Effectiveness of Pain Relief

Some studies have discovered that curcumin is able to reduce pain in subjects, however, they were not suffering from osteoarthritis [18]. Moreover, the pain-relieving effect is not extensive.

More reliable studies have been conducted for Japanese White Turmeric which reveals its ability to reduce pain in osteoarthritic patients. [19] The labdane compounds were consumed in capsules which brought about pain reduction over the months. [20]

How do Natural Supplements compare with Synthetic Supplements?

Synthetic supplements are produced through purposeful chemical procedures conducted in a laboratory while natural supplements are made with whole food sources like the Japanese White Turmeric, in this case.

Food synergy describes a beneficial relationship between nutrients within a food. Vitamins and minerals can affect how other nutrients work in the body. In some cases, the presence of other nutrients helps the absorption of another specific nutrient.

The research into the comparative effectiveness between natural and synthetic supplements is still progressing. Existing literature has suggested that supplements derived from whole foods would provide more than synthetic supplements. [21]

Based on that, natural supplements like Turmeron Joint can be promisingly better than synthetic supplements.


To prevent serious joint complications from clouding your future mobility, taking mindful action at an early age is paramount. Eating well, exercising regularly, and taking the right supplements would help maintain proper joint mobility and health.

It has been shown that Japanese White Turmeric supplements, like Turmeron Joint, exceed other types of turmeric supplements in benefits. Turmeron Joint supplements are a preferred option to help you attain the best for your joints.

Always seek the approval of your doctor to ascertain that there are no potential complications with your other prescribed medications before taking Turmeron Joint.

If you are in need of expert medical advice for your joints, head over to our Human Find-A-Doctor pages and let us hook you up with an expert in Sport Medicine or Orthopaedic Surgery!

Also read: The Complete Guide to Seeing An Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore (2020)

I hope that you've found this guide useful, and perhaps gained more insight into the application process. Most of the admissions-related information (admin and logistics wise) can be found on the official NUS Faculty of Dentistry website.

To help yourself out, you should take note of what people look for when they look for a dentist.

This article was written by Dr Henry Chan and published on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Human medically reviewed the article on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. The last update was made on Friday, 18 September 2020.

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