Food versus medicine is a battle that’s been waged for decades or more, but it’s been picking up in the last number of years. People like you are looking for alternative, safe treatments to health conditions without having to rely on the unknowns of pharmaceuticals.
In many cases we’ve seen natural remedies provide the same results, if not better, than traditional medical treatments. And what’s better is these natural sources-often derived from nutrition-are inexpensive and come without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
A new study from Tabriz University in Iran shows yet another example of how nutritional treatment can produce superior results in comparison to traditional drug treatments.
The research, published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, confirms sesame seed supplementation renders superior results to traditional treatment for knee osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects roughly half the population at some point in their lifetime, as reported by the CDC. Knee osteoarthritis, as you likely assume, affects the knee joint. It causes pain, swelling, abnormal bone growth that can result in bone spurs, mobility issues, and cartilage damage. If you suffer from osteoarthritis or know anyone who does, you’re likely aware of the toll it can take.
The Iranian study took 50 patients with knee osteoarthritis and divided them into two groups of 25. One group took 40 g per day of powdered sesame seeds (about four tablespoons) per day, while the other took two 500 mg doses of Tylenol per day and one 500 mg dose of glucosamine.
After two months the sesame seed group made significant improvements with regards to pain intensity compared to the Tylenol group. Based on methodology to gauge osteoarthritis pain and questionnaires, researchers concluded sesame seeds were superior in treating knee osteoarthritis pain than traditional medication. In terms of pain relief, the sesame group experienced three times the relief as the Tylenol group.
If you’ve got osteoarthritis or joint pain, sesame seed therapy looks like it’s definitely worth a shot. Ideally you’d want raw, organic sesame seeds that have not been treated to irradiation. Grind them in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle and take in the dosage recommended above. Forty grams per day is the clinical dose-and dosages less than that are likely to be ineffective
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