Which natural products for managing osteoarthritis show the most promise?

Share Button

natural products, osteoarthritis, herbal arthritis, arthritis digestOsteoarthritis is associated with reduced quality of life and lost productivity. But current treatments have limitations when it comes to how well they work. And taking strong painkillers and other drugs on a long term basis isn’t good for other aspects of health.

Laboratory evidence suggests that some natural products may have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties and could inhibit the release of key osteoarthritis-related cytokines.

Those that scientists are most interested in include curcumin, Boswellia extract, and pycnogenol (found in maritime pine bark extract). These seem to lower pain and functional disability more than painkillers and products such as glucosamine and chondroitin.

Methylsulfonylmethane (a sulphur compound that is found naturally in in fruits, vegetables, grains, animals and humans, and can be made in a laboratory) and avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (fatty components) are of significance too.

But more research – and clinical trials – are needed, the authors explain:

“Data from a small number of studies using natural products for treating osteoarthritis are promising but require confirmation in further well-designed clinical trials.”

Arthritis Digest Magazine was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 5 Arthritis Blogs on the internet in 2018.

For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.

“Amazing magazine and the first I’ve read from beginning to end.” Mrs E Crowther, Dorset

“There’s so much news and information to digest, and it’s all calorie free. Brilliant!” A Alexander, Glasgow
“As we are all living longer, it gives us hope for a future with less pain. Arthritis Digest gives us information on the up to date treatments.”Mrs Healey, Devon
“Full of interesting information and tips.” Mr G Thurlow, East Yorkshire

Google+ | Privacy Policy | FTC Disclaimer

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.