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Flavonoid Supplement May Rival NSAIDS for Osteoarthritis Relief

Millions of Americans suffer from osteoarthritis in the United States and many of them use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to manage the pain. However, studies have linked NSAIDS to negative side effects, including heart and gut problems.

Researchers with JSS Medical Research in Montreal and the company Unigen tested a botanical blend of flavonoids to see if it could provide osteoarthritis relief. They found that it may provide more effective relief for joint pain and stiffness than Celecoxib, a commonly prescribed NSAID.

Their findings were published on April 5, 2012, in Nutrition Journal.

Participants in the study included 60 people between the ages of 40 and 75 who suffered from osteoarthritis. The participants received one of four interventions:

1. a placebo

2. 250 mg of the botanical supplement

3. 500 mg of the botanical supplement

4. 200 mg of Celecoxib, an NSAID

After 90 days of daily supplementation, both the supplement group and the Celecoxib group showed reduced pain on the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). No changes were seen in the placebo group.

The supplement groups also had reduced functional impairment scores, an improvement not seen in the Celecoxib or placebo groups. No negative side effects were noted in blood analysis of the botanical group.

Flavonoids are naturally occurring antioxidants which have previously been shown to decrease inflammation, protect our DNA from damage, and improve heart and brain health by increasing blood flow.

Foods high in flavonoids include fruit, tea, wine and dark chocolate, all of which are can be easily incorporated into your dairy diet.

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