Treating Arthritis with Cetyl Myristoleate

Not all types of arthritis can be cured, although the symptoms can be eased. Cetyl myristoleate, one such natural substance described in this HealthHearty article, has been touted as a natural treatment for a number of health conditions including arthritis.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Did You Know?
Cetyl myristoleate is a naturally occurring fatty acid substance found in fish oils, whale oils, dairy butter, and kombo butter, as well as in animals like beaver and mice.

Cetyl myristoleate is an ester of a fatty acid―myristoleic acid. Fatty acids, as we know, are building blocks of fats and oils just as amino acids are to proteins. The chemical formula for cetyl myristoleate is (Z)-ROCO(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)3CH3. It is known to have three important functions: (i) acts as a lubricant which helps muscles and tissues; (ii) works as an immune system modulator which is effective in treating autoimmune diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis and; (iii) has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus, reducing inflammation and may help in treating arthritis as well as some other health conditions.
Discovery of Cetyl Myristoleate
Cetyl myristoleate was discovered and isolated by Harry W. Diehl, who was on a quest to find a cure for arthritis after he witnessed the pain and suffering that his neighbor-friend went through. He was a researcher at the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, and during his tenure developed over 500 compounds, most of which were patented. In a report published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, March 1994, he explained that the compound was discovered after his observation that Swiss albino mice are secure against all forms of arthritis. He stated that the substance that made these mice immune was cetyl myristoleate, which he isolated successfully. In his experiment, he injected rats with an arthritis-inducing material, which led to swelling in their legs and tail, following which he injected them with cetyl myristoleate. The rats were cured; the swelling in their legs disappeared, and their limbs straightened out.
Later, when he himself experienced osteoarthritis, he used his discovery to cure himself of the disease. With regards to the dosage, this is what he had to say―"I have found in my research that people respond to various amounts. I took two capsules four years ago at the onset of severe pain. I was cured of arthritis in my heel, knees, and hands. Also, I have no more headaches or bronchitis. Most people start with four capsules (taken between meals). After a period of four to six weeks, three more capsules are taken. This can vary depending on a person's condition and weight." He patented his discovery; however, little research has been done regarding cetyl myristoleate and its uses.
What Does Research Say?
Though there has been limited research regarding its role in treating arthritis, some studies show that it is, indeed, effective in treating this condition.
♦ In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, researchers found that using a cream comprising cetyl myristoleate helped in alleviating knee pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis (of the knee).
♦ For the study, 40 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to a treatment that involved a cream made of cetyl myristoleate and a few others of the same group to a placebo cream. After 30 days of treatment twice a day, patients who were given the cetyl myristoleate cream showed greater improvement in the motion of their knees as well as their balance. Their ability to rise and walk up and down the stairs showed considerable advances.
♦ Additionally, a 2002 study in the same journal found that consumption of cetyl myristoleate as a supplement in the diet of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee showed improvement in the range of motion and function of the knee. This study involved 64 patients, and they were treated for a period of 68 days.
♦ In treating arthritis, it can either be taken as a supplement or applied directly as a cream on the skin.
The Effects
Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have reported considerable improvements in their condition with the use of cetyl myristoleate.
♦ Many people describe considerable reduction in the stiffness and pain as well as increase in the flexibility and motion range with its use.
♦ Swelling and redness in rheumatoid arthritis is reduced. Many other health benefits are also described which include its benefits on emphysema, hepatitis, hypertension, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, colds, allergies, low back pain, headaches, and more. This may be because these conditions are pertaining to deficiency of essential fatty acids, and cetyl myristoleate may help alleviate the symptoms.
♦ It is also said that it helps improve the immunity of the body and fight infections.
Other Ways that Alleviate Arthritis
There are many natural remedies as well that help improve arthritis symptoms. Some studies show that increase in consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may help treat arthritis.
♦ Also, dietary supplements, like glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, or soybean may assist in managing arthritis.
Also, practicing yoga, taking up tai chi and/or undergoing acupuncture may help alleviate pain and improve overall functioning.
More research and studies regarding this wonderful supplement can help to know more about the effectiveness and treatment of arthritis using cetyl myristoleate. Make sure you consult your physician before taking this supplement.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and should not be substituted for the advice of a medical professional.