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Worn joints | ASU makes a positive difference, says meta-study
Supplementation with ASU, an extract of avocado and soy, may ease problems with worn joints. A Danish meta-study with this outcome was published in 2008.
But the open Polish trial is not the only study that concludes that ASU, an extract of avocado and soy, may really mean something for people with worn-out joints. In 2008, Danish scientists published a meta-study to the same effect.
All studies were funded by French Expanscience Laboratoires, the creator and manufacturer of the original ASU. Half a dozen ASU clones have now appeared on the market, but we are not talking about those products.
In the trials, the researchers had determined the severity of the condition of the subjects with a worn hip or knee by having the subjects fill in the Lequesne index. This questionnaire measures how much pain the subjects experience on a daily basis, and what they can and cannot do anymore.
If you score 0 on the Lequesne index, then there is no question of a handicap. A score of 1-4 represents a minor disability, a score of 8-10 represents a severe disability, and scores of 14 or higher represent an extreme disability.
When the Danes took a closer look at their results, it became clear that the subjects with a worn knee benefited from the supplement. However, according to the data from the studies, the effect on the subjects with a worn hip was inconclusive. You can see this above.
The longer the supplementation lasted, the greater the effect.