ARTHRITIS symptoms – such as joint pain and swelling – could be eased by taking particular supplements.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation to joints. Symptoms include joint pain, swelling and stiffness and there are ten’s of million sufferers in the world. Treatment options for the two main types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – include painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
However, there are a number of natural cures for the common condition. Take these five supplements to help manage discomfort.
Taken as a supplement, cayenne pepper could reduce one of the main symptoms of arthritis – joint pain.
Cayenne pepper belongs to the chilli pepper family, and it naturally contains a compound – capsaicin – found to reduce joint pain.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, a 2010 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research showed a 50 per cent reduction in joint pain after three weeks when it was taken.
The trendy spice – which can be consumed in capsule form – contains curcumin, which could help arthritis sufferers.
Curcumin has been found by researchers to help pain and function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
The anti-viral herb has been used in meditation for centuries, with its use dating back to the Inca civilisation.
For rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, it can help reduce inflammation and, according to the Arthritis Foundation, it contains compounds that could help the immune system.
Additionally, research from 2002 showed that, compared to a placebo, it reduced joint pain and swelling by more than 50 per cent.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Naturally found in oil fish, omega-3 fatty acids can be taken as a daily supplement by arthritis sufferers.
The fatty acids EPA and DHA have been shown to help rheumatoid arthritis in particular.
A 2010 study found fish oil could significantly decrease joint tenderness and stiffness.