Not only is avocado great for the purpose of a healthy diet. In a new study, researchers found patients with arthritis who used supplements of avocado and soybean oil had reduced joint space narrowing.

The interesting way avocado prevents both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is by preventing pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 synthesis within the connective tissue. French studies found that avocado oil can relieve OA pain; stimulate cartilage repair; and lower a patient’s need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


According to Yves E. Henrotin, lead author of a study published in the August 2006 issue of the “Journal of Rheumatology,” ASU promotes cartilage repair by acting on osteoblasts, specialized cells involved in bone mineralization. An analysis of previous trials published in the April 16, 2008, issue of “Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,” reported that of the 664 people included, those treated with avocado and soybean oil unsaponifiable compounds for six months experienced significantly more relief from pain and inflammation than those given a placebo. But the researchers noted that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee fared better than those with hip osteoarthritis.