Avocado Soy for Joint Pain and Inflammation

Could this food staple turned supplement help to treat, and even prevent, osteoarthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions?

A natural remedy derived from avocado and soybeans is growing in popularity among those looking for something to slow the progression of certain inflammatory conditions. Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables, known as ASU, are considered a vegetable extract that combines one-third avocado oil with two-thirds soybean oil. It works by blocking pro-inflammatory chemicals and preventing the deterioration of the cells that line the joints. It may also help regenerate connective tissue.


Source: 123RFAvocado soybean supplements, usually found in softgels over the counter, may help prevent joint inflammation and pain.

Use in Treating Osteoarthritis

ASU has been routinely used and studied in Europe for a number of years and entered the US market in 2014. In other parts of the world, ASU is classified as a prescription drug, but is available here as a dietary supplement.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is caused by inflammation and breakdown of cartilage. Patients have pain and limited function in their joints. Knee OA is generally more severe in women than in men, largely due to their anatomy. Medications are often prescribed to help slow the progression of the disease and to ease symptoms.

Several studies have touted the benefits of ASU on this painful joint condition as the supplement is believed to help reduce the narrowing of the space between the joints. One study found that it slowed cartilage breakdown and even helped repair cartilage. Another, conducted in 2018, concluded that, when used as an anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory, ASU can potentially be used to treat OA.

The supplement has been shown to reduce symptoms with hip and knee OA after as little as one month of use. It can improve function, while reducing pain and stiffness in joints. It also may help to improve weight-bearing abilities.

Some individuals with osteoarthritis have been able to reduce their dependence on analgesics (ie, painkillers) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). One study involving patients with lower limb OA showed that ASU reduced the need for such medications after six weeks.

It is important to note that some factors like Body Mass Index (BMI), activity level, and the severity of one’s arthritic disease may intensify inflammation and increase mechanical stress on the body. Certain conditions may influence the effectiveness of ASU. However, the supplement can still be used to help protect cartilage and prevent the progression of OA symptoms.

Where to Get the Avocado Soy Supplement

Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables are usually sold in the form of 300-mg soft gels and are available over the counter or online. Individuals are typically instructed to take one a day but always check with your doctor before adding any supplement to your care plan in case of potential interactions or side effects.

Many versions of the supplement, such as Arthrocen, are vegetable-based and therefore dairy- and gluten-free. According to a news release from Arvin America, the distributor of Arthrocen, the product works best when combined with an active lifestyle, including light exercise, which helps to build muscle around OA-affected joints.

Avocado soybean supplements are generally considered to be safe and without side effects. The French government studied the supplement for more than 15 years and did not find any significant safety issues.



Updated on: 02/21/19
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