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Osteoarthritis and Avocado and Soybean Extract

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Effect of Avocado and Soybean Extract on Osteoarthritis

Special extracts of avocado and soybeans called avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASUs) have been investigated as a treatment for osteoarthritis with very promising results in studies enrolling a total of several hundred people.85-92,125

For example, in a double-blind trial, 260 individuals with arthritis of the knee were given either placebo or ASU at 300 or 600 mg daily.93 The results over 3 months showed that use of ASU significantly improved arthritis symptoms as compared to placebo. There was no significant difference seen between the two doses tested.

Thus far, however, it does not appear that ASU can slow the progression of osteoarthritis.126

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How to Use Avocado and Soybean Extract

Though the studies that have been conducted are concerned with taking a supplement, perhaps the easiest way to get these avocado and soybean extracts is simply to eat avocado and soybeans. Consuming foods in their natural state (like a whole avocado or who soybeans/unprocessed tofu) certainly won't hurt you (assuming you have no allergies to these substances), and could possibly help in the treatment of osteoarthritis!

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References

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    1. Appelboom T, Schuermans J, Verbruggen G, et al. Symptoms modifying effect of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) in knee osteoarthritis. A double blind, prospective, placebo-controlled study. Scand J Rheumatol. 2001;30:242-247.
    2. Ernst E. Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) for osteoarthritis—a systematic review. Clin Rheumatol. 2003;22:285-288.
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