The pain of arthritis is very common. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons for people to see a doctor and certainly one of the main reasons to go onto disability. There is no cure for arthritis at this time, but there are a number of medications to treat symptoms. Most medications have side effects, however, and often cannot be used for arthritis pain.
There are a variety of natural supplements that can be taken for arthritis pain. Most supplements have decent science behind their use. One should remember that supplements or medication work best to treat arthritis pain when paired with a program for weight loss and with low-impact aerobic exercise.
There is an intriguing supplement on the market in Europe called Piascledine that is derived from avocado and soy. The supplement concentrates the active ingredient considered crucial for the control of arthritic pain. This supplement has been tested in placebo-controlled trials in France by the company that makes it. The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent science group, has evaluated these studies.
Basically, Piascledine has “moderate to high” evidence that it works in the short-term to relieve pain. This is good news as this is a natural product with little to no side effect profile. A more long-term study (three years) found little difference in pain control between the supplement and placebo. A review study in 2008 found that the use of the avocado-soybean oil supplement reduced and even stopped the need to use NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory pills).
The French company that makes Piascledine, Laboratoires Expanscience, sells this product in 46 countries but not yet in the USA. The French experience has demonstrated the safety of the supplement over a 15 year span of use in that country.
The avocado combination provides anti-inflammatory activity and has also been shown in laboratory testing to build up cartilage. This unsaponifiable and anti-inflammatory product has shown a decrease in destruction of the joints over time. This has been examined at the University of Arizona.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, the supplement blocks pro-inflammatory substances, can help to rebuild cartilage cells and also prevents the deterioration of the synovial (joint) lining. Typically, the supplement works better than simply eating the vegetables as the ingredient is concentrated for you that way. The dosage ranges from 300 to 600mg per day.
The product is derived from the unsaponifiable part of the vegetable oil. This is a tiny fraction of the overall mass of the soybean and the avocado. The amount of avocados and soybeans that would need to be consumed to equal the unsaponifiable dose in the supplement is too large to recommend a dietary source for this substance.
This product is another natural remedy with a good side effect profile that has been found to be an effective way to treat the pain of arthritis. You should check with your doctor to make sure it will not interfere with any current supplements of medications prior to trying this product.