Do avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) help osteoarthritis pain?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

YES. We bet you’re scratching your head thinking, “What the heck is an unsaponifiable avocado?” We did, too, the first time we heard about it. This crazy thing refers to a mixture of certain oils from avocados and soybeans that can be taken orally. Avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) have been shown to help relieve osteoarthritis pain and keep osteoarthritis from getting worse by preventing cartilage breakdown and encouraging cartilage repair, like a super mechanic.

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