Shea Extract: A Natural Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a surprisingly common disease. To relieve pain and joint stiffness, most doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. Unfortunately, these medications can cause serious side effects especially when taken long term.

According to a new published study in Phytotherapy Research, an extract from a tree native to Africa known as the Shea Tree could be the key to helping arthritis sufferers.

How does Shea extract work to relieve the symptoms of Osteoporosis? It’s the triterpenes found in the Shea plant that helps to relieve join stiffness and inflammation.

A study carried out on 89 arthritis patients using Shea extract showed promising results. Within 15 weeks patients experienced a drop in levels of blood markers for inflammation as well as a reduction in markers for joint cartilage destructions. These are positive findings suggesting that Shea extract may help to slow down the progression of Osteoarthritis.