May is Arthritis Awareness Month. 24% of U.S. adults (58.5 million) have arthritis in some form, the most prevalent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
This painful condition can make it difficult to complete your daily tasks, and it (sometimes severely) limits your range of motion. Primarily, ibuprofen is recommended to control pain and inflammation, but the potential side effects of the ibuprofen are very concerning. Who wants to risk gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers and other dangerous possibilities like blood clotting and increased risk of heart attack?
Again, we can thank the Ancient Greeks for connecting some dots for us, and modern research that proves their intuition. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can help prevent and reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
Multiple studies have confirmed that EVOO contains a compound called Oleocanthal, which prevents the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. In 2015, the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry studied benefits of Oleocanthal for R.A. and it had a significant effect on chronic inflammation and the acute inflammatory process. In addition, EVOO
containing this compound has an effect that mimics the effect of taking ibuprofen, controlling pain and inflammation. Another study found that daily
consumption of extra virgin olive oil significantly reduced joint pain, morning stiffness and hand muscle grip in arthritis patients.
We have long known about the healthy antioxidants in EVOO, that they fight free radicals (such as those that cause cancer) but findings that it decreases oxidative stress, delays skin and joint aging and protects against joint damage make it an even bigger no-brainer! Add nutrient-rich Olive & Thistle EVOO to your diet daily, your body will literally thank you.