New research points towards an effective remedy to help minimise the painful feelings associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Which key ingredient has been proven to ease discomfort? Find out here.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating autoimmune disease, leading to pain, swelling, stiffness, reduced mobility and joint function, as well as intense fatigue.
Data from the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the onset of symptoms most commonly occur between the ages of 40 and 60.
The autoimmune condition occurs when the body mistakenly attacks the joints, which can lead to disability and permanent joint damage if left untreated.
One such natural ingredient proven to help soothe aches and pains caused by rheumatoid arthritis is found in rosehips.
Rosehips are the accessory fruit of the rose plant, and the active compound has been claimed as GOPO.
Scientists, who conducted a double-blind randomised controlled trial, enrolled 89 patients with rheumatoid arthritis to take part in their study.
Volunteers were either given supplementation of GOPO or a placebo over a six-month period.
During the trial, patients who were taking GOPO reported a 30 percent improvement in symptoms, including a reduction in joint tenderness and an increase in activity levels.
Consultant rheumatologist Dr Rod Hughes commented on the findings: “Rosehip extracts have a long history of medicinal use,’ he began.
“Their potential benefits in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has recently come to light.
“The most consistent and robust research has been undertaken on extracts from a specific species of rosehip called Rosa canina.”
Dr Hughes continued: “This has been found to contain a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient called galactolipid [shortened to GOPO].
“GOPO has been investigated in a number of well-designed studies conducted in Scandinavia and Germany involving people with rheumatoid arthritis.”
He confirmed theses studies supported the notion that GOPO “can rapidly reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling”.
In addition, the research suggests it can “improve joint mobility and reduce the need for standard painkillers”.
A mum-of-three, Rebecca from Kent, can attest to the benefits she’s felt with GOPO supplementation.
“I’ve taken medication of various sorts since my diagnosis [of rheumatoid arhritis].
“However, I’ve noticed a real change since I began taking GOPO. I still have bad days, but they have been significantly more short-lived and far less severe.”
Rebecca added: “I’m so relieved to have found something I know I can rely on long-term without the risk of damaging my health.”
Source: | Daily Express