Fight Aging with Cetyl Myristoleate
Filed under: Nutritional Supports
Inflammation is a major health concern for many people, and you’ve probably heard of various dietary regimens and supplements designed to lower levels of inflammation in your body. One of those supplements is cetyl myristoleate, or CMO, with users are reporting encouraging results for a number of health conditions.
As an anti-inflammatory substance, CMO is said to reduce joint pain and prevent further damage to cartilage around joints. It is currently used to treat the following conditions:
- Various forms of arthritis – osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune conditions – such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Back pain
Where does it come from? Cetyl myristoleate was initially discovered at the National Institutes of Health, when researchers found that certain mice did not develop induced arthritis as predicted. Cetyl myristoleate was present in these mice, leading scientists to believe its anti-inflammatory properties protected the mice from developing arthritis. CMO is also found in cows, beavers, and whales.
What does research say? Cetyl myristoleate is still relatively new on the radar, with limited studies conducted so far. One 2004 study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology, found that osteoarthritis patients achieved improved function after using a topical cream containing CMO. Functional improvements related to activities such as rising after sitting, balance, and ascending or descending stairs.
Another 2002 study from the same journal found that osteoarthritis patients saw similar improvements after ingesting a supplement containing cetyl myristoleate.
But is it safe? Always discuss the use of any supplements with your physician. While there are no known safety risks associated with cetyl myristoleate, caution is always advised when adding any new supplement to your regimen.
As an anti-inflammatory, CMO could prove helpful in treating a variety of conditions. Remember, of course, that any supplement should be viewed as only one part of a comprehensive wellness regimen. Continue to pursue a healthy diet and exercise when appropriate, and avoid habits which can contribute to inflammation. For more information on cetyl myristoleate, contact us and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge and experiences with the supplement.