Can natural remedies help?
There’s scientific evidence to suggest these old-time fixes can ease arthritic symptoms
The Arthritis Foundation cites a 2010 meta-analysis which found that fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers and “preliminary studies indicate it may have a similar effect on osteoarthritis” (OA). A 2005 study of people with RA showed enhanced positive effects when fish oil supplements were used in combination with olive oil. Check the label for dosages.
EVIDENCE: LIMITED Turmeric is the least studied of these natural remedies so more research is needed. Studies do show, however, that curcumin, found in turmeric, may help prevent inflammation in people with RA and knee OA.
EVIDENCE: MODERATE The Australian Family Physician journal reports that powdered rosehip can significantly reduce pain in the hip, knee, hand, shoulder or neck for people with OA. It may provide modest benefits for patients with RA, but more research is needed.
More data is needed, but a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology found that taking 6000mg of dried ginger daily minimised OA-induced joint pain and inflammation in two thirds of sufferers.