While yucca may be most commonly known as a potato-like, fiber-rich food, some people also use yucca extract to relieve the pain caused by arthritis. A type of root vegetable, yucca contains compounds that appear to reduce inflammation (a process known to play a key role in arthritis development).
While scientists have yet to test yucca’s arthritis-fighting effects in clinical trials, some preliminary research suggests that yucca extract shows promise in the treatment of arthritis. For example, a report indicates that certain antioxidants found in yucca may help suppress arthritis-related inflammation.
Several other natural remedies may be beneficial when it comes to taming arthritis pain. For example, a number of studies show that supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate can alleviate arthritis symptoms. There’s also some evidence that substances such as bromelain and rose hips may help lessen pain in arthritis patients.