A girl Standing on the Street Near her Skateboard while the focus is on her knees.
A girl Standing on the Street Near her Skateboard while the focus is on her knees.

Do you have cracking knees? If so, you’re not alone. Many people experience knee cracking or popping due to various causes, ranging from aging to arthritis. Fortunately, several vitamins can help reduce cracking and increase knee joint flexibility. 

This blog will discuss some vitamins and nutrients that may be beneficial for cracking knees. It will also compare oral supplements1 with IV treatments and explain why IVs are more effective at restoring low vitamin levels. Read on to learn which supplements are most suitable for cracking knees.


One of the most beneficial supplements is Glucosamine, a natural compound derived from shellfish that helps strengthen the cartilage surrounding your knee joints. Glucosamine increases the body’s collagen production, a protein in connective tissues, and helps reduce inflammation and pain associated with knee joint cracking. Glucosamine can also significantly reduce pain, improve the range of motion and reduce swelling in individuals suffering from knee osteoarthritis.


Bromelain is a powerful enzyme derived from pineapple stems that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation and improve joint health. This enzyme may be beneficial in helping to rebuild the connective tissue surrounding the joints, particularly in people with knee-cracking problems.

Bromelain helps to break down and remove damaged and unhealthy cells from the joints, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and improve joint health and is also believed to help reduce pain, swelling, and discomfort in the affected area. In addition, bromelain may also help to reduce joint stiffness and improve flexibility.

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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound influencing health benefits such as reducing joint pain and inflammation, improving circulation, and accelerating wound healing. MSM also helps to strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons and may help treat arthritis, osteoporosis, and other joint conditions.


Chondroitin is a naturally occurring compound found in mammals’ cartilage, connective tissue, and bone. Chondroitin plays a critical role in maintaining joint health and provides the building blocks for new cartilage and connective tissue. It is often used to treat knee cracking and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential vitamin beneficial in treating knee osteoarthritis. Studies have demonstrated that it can reduce pain and improve mobility.2 Vitamin E helps the body protect cartilage from wear and tear by increasing the strength and flexibility of the joints. This vitamin also helps reduce inflammation and swelling in the knee. Additionally, it can help to reduce the risk of further joint damage.

Oral Supplements vs. IV Therapy

iv bag with different kinds of fruit insideThe two primary options when treating knees that crack or pop are oral supplements or IV treatments. Both methods can help restore low levels of vitamins and minerals in the body, which can help to improve joint health and reduce the symptoms associated with cracking knees.

Oral supplements are conveniently obtained at most grocery stores and pharmacies. However, they have a much lower absorption rate than IV treatments, meaning that the body may be unable to absorb all necessary vitamins and minerals from an oral supplement. This may result in lower effectiveness in restoring low vitamin levels.

IV treatments, on the other hand, have a much higher absorption rate than oral supplements. When using an IV treatment, more vitamins and minerals will be absorbed into the body, resulting in a more effective restoration of low vitamin levels.


Overall, when treating joint cracking and creaking with vitamins and minerals, IV treatments are more effective at restoring low vitamin levels than oral supplements. For individuals looking for a more convenient option, taking oral supplements may relieve knee joint pain. However, if an individual is looking for a more comprehensive treatment, they should consider an IV treatment.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!


[1] Grover AK, Samson SE. - Benefits of antioxidant supplements for knee osteoarthritis: rationale and reality. Nutr J. 2016 Jan 5;15:1. doi: 10.1186/s12937-015-0115-z;

[2] Chin KY, Ima-Nirwana S. - The Role of Vitamin E in Preventing and Treating Osteoarthritis - A Review of the Current Evidence. Front Pharmacol. 2018 Aug 21;9:946. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00946;