Arthritis is a painful and debilitating disease that affects millions of people in the UK.
While there are medications to help control pain, there are also many simple lifestyle and diet changes that can help manage it.
A natural remedy is contained in a very cheap and tasty herbal tea that may help relieve joint pain, reports the Express.
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Arthritis is caused by swelling around the joints and damage to the cartilage that keeps the joints moving.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
It mainly affects people over 40 and women in particular.
Anyone who thinks they have arthritis are encouraged to speak to their GP about possible treatments available.
Changing your diet can help
But dietary changes and removing foods known to cause inflammation, as well as consuming more foods with anti-inflammatory properties, are often recommended.
People who suffer from this condition may also be advised to lose weight, as being heavier can put more strain on your joints.
So, could a 13p tea help reduce arthritis pain?
Rosehip tea is a herbal tea made from rose bushes and has a floral but tangy taste.
Rosehip was used by ancient civilizations as a natural remedy for many ailments, ranging from toothaches to rabies.
Today, rosehip extract is associated with a number of health benefits, including boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, and improving heart health.
Is this something that can help people manage arthritis?
Rosehip contains two substances believed to reduce joint inflammation and pain: polyphenols and anthocyanins.
Polyphenols and anthocyanins
Polyphenols are compounds found in plants and plant-based foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant known for its purple color. It is the substance that gives blueberries, eggplants, red cabbages and blackberries their vibrant colors.
Rosehip is also rich in vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties, as well as for boosting immune system function.
Research has been carried out on the healthy properties of rose hips.
A four-month study of 100 people with osteoarthritis, which found taking five grams of rosehip extract per day, found a reduction in pain for 65% of those who took part.
Studies have also noted that rose hips may have a positive effect on weight loss, which can help manage joint pain and arthritis.
A cup of rosehip tea only has three calories, making it a great low-calorie alternative to sugary drinks. It is also caffeine free.
Currently available evidence for its benefits has focused on studies where participants take a more concentrated rosehip extract.
But rosehip tea is a very cheap and readily available alternative.
You can buy a 20 teabag sachet from Holland & Barrett for just £ 2.59.
If you’re adventurous, you can even try making it yourself by brewing your own dried rose hips in boiling water.
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