GLA as an arthritis supplement

Promising Arthritis Natural Treatment:
Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)

arthritis natural treatment

What are avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASU)?

The extract containing Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) is an arthritis natural treatment made with a natural vegetable compound that is taken from avocado and soybean oils. ASU is most often ingested in the form of a daily supplement. Supplements are necessary because it is not possible to eat avocado and soybean oil in sufficiently large quantities to get enough of the extract to have an effect. ASU is currently one of the most promising natural cures for arthritis.

While avocado and soybean oil are good foods and most diets benefit from adding them, they are not natural cures for arthritis in and of themselves. The ASU arthritis natural treatment must be extracted from these foods and concentrated in a softgel supplement in order to have a beneficial effect.

Scientific evidence

Four studies have been done so far on ASU as an arthritis natural treatment. All four studies were done on osteoarthritis of the knee and of the hip. Two of the studies were conducted over a three month period and found that patients who took 300mg of ASU in softgel supplement form were able to take less pain medication than patients who did not take the ASU arthritis natural treatment.

A separate six month study on the effectiveness of ASU as an arthritis natural treatment showed that patients who took a 300mg softgel tablet of ASU each day rated their pain lower than patients who took a placebo. The study used the Lequesne Functional Index, a well-known doctor's diagnostic tool which asks patients to rate their pain on a scale of one to ten.

The latest study of ASU as an arthritis natural remedy was conducted over a period of two years and looked at whether the use of ASU decreased joint space narrowing in patients with very severe arthritis of the hip. After one year, no significant differences were noted in joint space narrowing between patients who took a daily 300mg softgel tablet of ASU and patients who took a placebo. However after two years, the patients who took a daily ASU softgel showed less joint space narrowing that the patients who took the placebo, suggesting that ASU is one of the more promising natural cures for arthritis, especially when taken daily over a period of years.

How it's used?

ASU is most often taken in softgel tablet form at a dosage of 300mg per day. Studies seem to show that to get the most benefit from ASU as an arthritis natural treatment, it must be taken daily in this dosage for at least three months. The longer the 300mg gel tabs are taken on a daily basis, the more substantial the benefit seems to be, which suggests that the benefits of ASU as one of the newest natural cures for arthritis has a cumulative benefit. That is, the longer you take it, the greater help it seems to be.

Side Effects and interactions

ASU has no verified interactions with any prescription medication, but it should be noted that soy has been found to interact with levothyroxine, warfarin, and with iron absorption. Since ASU is derived in part from soybean oil, it could theoretically have similar interactions, but such interactions have not been observed at this time. As with any natural supplement regimen, consult a doctor before beginning daily use of ASU, especially if you are taking other medications, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

Side effects of ASU are nearly nonexistent, but when they do occur they include headache, stomachache, migraine, and sometimes skin rashes. If you are allergic to either soy or avocados, you may be at risk for side effects, since ASU as an arthritis natural treatment is derived from these foods. However, in practice, very few side effects have been observed, and ASU seems to be easily tolerated by most persons even when taken daily at the 300mg dosage.

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