Alleviating Arthritis with Cetyl Myristoleate
To relieve osteoarthritis, a common condition marked by wear and tear of the protective cartilage surrounding your joints, patients often turn to natural remedies like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. One lesser-known remedy for osteoarthritis is cetyl myristoleate, a fatty acid sold in dietary supplement form and sometimes applied directly to the skin in the form of a cream. While research on cetyl myristoleate is fairly limited, some studies show that it may be beneficial for osteoarthritis. For instance, two studies published in the Journal of Rheumatology (one in 2004, the other in 2002) suggest that cetyl myristoleate may boost functioning in people with osteoarthritis of the knee, possibly by decreasing inflammation.