You’ve got knee pain. It’s not arthritis. At least not yet.
But your knees don’t exactly feel great, either. And it’s pretty obvious you’re well on your way to an arthritis diagnosis in the not-too-distant future.
Knee pain can slow you down. Even worse, it can keep you from doing some things you love. And, let’s face it, once knee pain kicks in, it’s almost always downhill from there.
But, here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be that way
Natural interventions can help save your knees, stop the damage, ease knee pain, and keep you on your feet.
And some exciting new research backs one promising natural therapy that could be the perfect solution for your situation. Because it appears to be most effective in that window when you’re battling knee pain but don’t have full-blown arthritis yet.
Unique LEAVES can help save your KNEES
You probably know by now how I feel about olive oil. I’m a big fan.
The health benefits that olive oil brings to the table are so impressive that I’ve started referring to the stuff as “longevity oil.” In fact, recent research has linked olive oil to a longer, healthier life.
But it turns out olive leaves are no slouch when it comes to health benefits, either.
Olive leaves are loaded with health-enhancing nutrients. And that includes polyphenols that can fight inflammation and a bone-protecting compound called oleuropein.
In the new study, an extract made from the potent leaves of the olive tree was pitted against a placebo in folks with knee pain.
The volunteers didn’t technically have arthritis yet. But some were already struggling with mobility issues, especially after activity, because of that knee pain.
Overall, the olive leaf extract didn’t do much better than the placebo. Not what you were expecting after that big build-up, right?
You might even be wondering why I’m wasting your time on this. But hang on a moment.
Just like the rest of us, the participants in the study had different degrees of knee pain. In some mild cases, they barely felt it. While others fell into that category, I mentioned earlier. They were battling mobility problems due to extreme knee pain.
And when the researchers sorted those two groups, the difference became glaringly obvious.
Using olive leaf extract to ease knee pain
The patients in the study were evaluated on something called the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score. The higher the score, the better – it means more mobility and less pain.
The folks with the lowest scores early on… the ones with the most knee pain… actually did far better when taking olive leaf extract. In other words, it works best in precisely the people who need the most help.
The volunteers on the placebo scored a 50 after six months compared to a jump to 65 in the lucky folks who got the real-deal olive leaf extract. That means less knee pain, more function, and an easier time getting around.
But it might also mean something else that’s even MORE important. It could mean you’re no longer barreling down the path towards arthritis.
Another study a few years ago explored the effects of olive leaf extracts on knee damage. Those researchers found evidence that the compounds may slow or block the damage to the cartilage that marks arthritis.
That’s likely, in part, because of reduced inflammation. As well as antioxidant activity fighting off the free-radical damage that’s at the root of all of the diseases of aging.
That same study found your best bet isn’t to rely on olive leaf extract alone. Instead, it’s better to combine the supplement with other proven ways to beat knee pain, including some knee exercises or physical therapy.
For more tips on ways to ease the ache, check out my earlier report, “Ancient combo WIPES OUT arthritis knee pain.”