How Flavonoids Can Help in Osteoarthritis Management
Flavonoids are plant pigments that are responsible for coloration, UV filtrations, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, act as chemical messengers, and cell cycle inhibitors. They are the natural ingredients found in colorful fruits and vegetables. Because they are naturally occurring pigments, flavonoids are one of the reasons fruits and vegetables are good for the body.
Preliminary research shows that flavonoids may modify viruses, allergens, and carcinogens. Like antioxidants, flavonoids help control the cell damage caused by free radicals.
A short-term randomized, double-blind study done by Levy, et. al. has shown that flavonoids and naproxen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) appear to be equally effective therapies for symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee when administered in full therapeutic doses for the short duration of 30 days. Currently, larger and long-term clinical trials are being conducted to confirm the initial studies.
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people around the world. The condition worsens over time and can damage any joint in the body. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, stiffness, loss of flexibility, and grating sensation. There are many causes behind the development of osteoarthritis. Among these are obesity, trauma, inflammation, genetics, repetitive motion, and diet. Problems can also arise in predisposed individuals when there is lack of intake of anti-inflammatory oils and micronutrients such as flavonoids which naturally control inflammation and help protect the joints against oxidative damage.
Flavonoid molecules have been known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Their anti-inflammatory action in vitro involves the inhibition of different pro-inflammatory mediators. A new study showed that higher intakes of selected flavonoid subclasses were associated with modestly lower concentrations of inflammatory biomarkers. This shows potential in reducing the risk of chronic inflammation, including osteoarthritis. Flavonoids and other dietary antioxidants have been used in the management in osteoarthritis and in slowing its progression..
Foods rich in flavonoids include all citrus fruits, apples, berries, red onion, broccoli, parsley, hot peppers, celery, cocoa, green tea, chamomile tea, spices, and red wine. So make sure to eat plenty of colored fruits and vegetables. Medical products containing purified flavonoids can help maintain joint health and nutritionally manage the metabolic processes of osteoarthritis.
There is an FDA approved medical supplement: Limbrel 500mg which is 500mg of Flavenoid Acid, this has been proven to be effective in management in Pain from osteoarthritis.
We also use the Monavie Mx drink which has soluble flavenoids from various courses and other antioxidants in the holistic management of osteoarthropathy.