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Nutritionist's tips for easing arthritis pain naturally

Nutritionist's tips for easing arthritis pain naturally How to reduce the symptoms of arthritis (photo: Freepik)

Many elderly people suffer from arthritis. Fortunately, its symptoms can be alleviated not only with medications, which often have side effects. Plant extracts made from avocado and soybean oil are particularly helpful in this condition, wrights dietitian Oleg Shvets in his publication on Facebook.

How to Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms

"Arthritis is an extremely common pathological condition, especially in elderly people. Usually, joint pathology is not the only issue, and medications prescribed for its treatment have their place in a long list of drugs, each of which potentially carries the danger of side effects," says the doctor.

He adds that anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed for joint pain and other manifestations of arthritis cannot be considered a model of safety. Therefore, alternative therapy that does not pose significant side effects is relevant.

"Unsaponifiable compounds of avocado and soy (Avocado Soy, ASU) are plant extracts made from avocado oil and soybean oil in a ratio of 1:2. They include such chemical substances as vitamin E, plant fats, etc.," explains Shvets.

According to recent studies, these compounds contribute to reducing swelling in the joints.

"Unsaponifiable compounds of avocado and soy have been used for a long time to treat osteoarthritis. They are also applied for back pain, hot flashes - sudden sensations of warmth in the upper part of the body, obesity, and other conditions. However, there is still no reliable scientific evidence to support the latest applications," notes Shvets.

It should be emphasized that unsaponifiable compounds of avocado and soy are not the same as compounds made only from avocado, soy, or soybean oil.

How these compounds work

Unsaponifiable compounds of avocado and soy have demonstrated their effectiveness in treating osteoarthritis. Short-term intake of ASU reduces pain and improves function in people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. With prolonged use, it helps slow down the rate of deterioration of this condition.

"There is interest in using ASU for other therapeutic purposes, but there is currently not enough reliable information to confirm the usefulness of their use beyond relieving arthritis symptoms," says the doctor.

Dosage recommendations

When taken orally, these compounds have shown their safety and are usually well-tolerated. Individual products (Piascledine 300 or Flexi-Smart) have been safely used continuously for 3 years.

"ASU is most often used by adults in doses of 300 mg orally daily for 3 years. However, the dose for each patient should be determined by the doctor," emphasizes Shvets.

He also warns against taking these remedies during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as there is not enough reliable information about the safe use of these plant extracts for women in such conditions.