Shea Extract for Osteoarthritis

Up until now, the most widely used natural supplement for treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis has been glucosamine. Some studies show that glucosamines decreases joint pain and improves function, but not everyone benefits from it. In some people, it can take up to six months to experience results when using glucosamine. In this study, arthritis sufferers experienced improvement in only fifteen weeks suggesting that it could be a safe and natural way to relieve joint pain in those who don’t respond to glucosamine.



How does shea extract work to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis? Researchers believe it’s the triterpenes found in the shea plant that helps to relieve joint stiffness and inflammation. Triterpenes reduce inflammation in the joints through a variety of mechanisms – mainly by altering production of chemicals called prostaglandins that promote inflammation.


Shea extract is now being sold under the brand name Shea Flex 70 by some online sites. Although this supplement appears safe, research caution that more studies are needed to prove the effectiveness of this supplement. Could it be a natural treatment for osteoarthritis? It looks promising.  


Osteoarthritis is a surprisingly common disease with seven out of ten people over the age of fifty-five being affected by this chronic degenerative joint disease. To relieve the pain and joint stiffness, most doctors give patients with mild symptoms of osteoarthritis anti-inflammatory medications. Unfortunately, these medications can cause stomach upset and even more serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney problems – especially when taken long term. Are there safe and natural options for treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis?  A new study shows that shea extract holds some promise in this regard. Home 



According to a study published in Phytotherapy Research, an extract from a tree native to Africa known as the Shea tree could be the key to helping arthritis sufferers. This is the same tree that produces fruit used to make shea butter that’s popular in skin products. An extract from the shea tree is currently being marketed as a product called Shea Flex for treating arthritis. A study carried out on eight-nine arthritis patients using shea extract showed promising results. Arthritis sufferers who used Shea Flex for fifteen weeks experienced a drop in levels of blood markers for inflammation as well as a reduction in markers for joint cartilage destruction. These are all positive findings suggesting that shea extract may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.