Little-known nutrient reduces your risk of inflammatory arthritis by 40%

March 18, 2013
Volume 3    |   Issue 22
The number of nutrients we've discovered over the last 20 years never ceases to amaze me. I'm regularly hearing about nutrients I've never heard about before. Many of these don't have a lot of science behind them yet, so we don't know everything they do. But researchers are constantly studying these nutrients to find out how they can help you. One of these nutrients that I haven't heard a lot about is one I mentioned last week.

If you'll remember, I mentioned the nutrient beta-cryptoxanthin in my article on Lou Gehrig's disease. Beta-cryptoxanthin is one of the vitamin A carotenes, much like beta-carotene. I had heard of this nutrient before, but didn't know a lot about it. So I wanted to find out more. There isn't a lot of research on it. But that's changing. And this recent study on arthritis is quite impressive.

Beta-cryptoxanthin, which you may have seen written as B-cryptoxanthin, is the carotene that gives fruits and vegetables their orange or yellow coloring. So the researchers conducting this study wanted to find out if this carotenoid would cut your risk of developing inflammatory forms of arthritis.

To conduct the study, they looked at data from a study of 25,000 participants. All of these participants completed a diet diary for eight years. Of these, the researchers focused on 264 specific cases. They used 176 healthy individuals as their control group. And another 88 that had developed inflammatory polyarthritis. This is a form of arthritis that has inflammation on the lining of the joint and affects two or more joints.

The researchers found that those in the arthritis group consumed 40% less beta-cryptoxanthin every day than those in the control group. They also found that those participants in the top one-third of intake of beta-cryptoxanthin were at lower risk of developing inflammatory arthritis than those in the lowest third of intake.

While this study isn't conclusive, it joins a growing list of studies that show the value of beta-cryptoxanthin. Other studies show that it's great for your skin and bones as well. Unfortunately, finding a supplement of beta-cryptoxanthin is hard to do. Most just sell beta-carotene, which is likely to have similar effects. So if you want to take beta-cryptoxanthin, there are two ways to do it.

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The first is by eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables that are orange or yellow. These include yellow apples, apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, and many others. The second way to get beta-cryptoxanthin is by taking a supplement that contains whole fruits and vegetables, such as Advanced Greens Formula. While beta-cryptoxanthin isn't specifically listed on the label, you can be sure the carrots and other fruits and veggies it contains do have it.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


Dietary B-cryptoxanthin and inflammatory polyarthritis: results from a population-based prospective study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. August 2005.

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