Best supplements for arthritis: Taking THIS unlikely FESTIVE herb could ease joint pain

Arthritis affects around ten million people in the UK, and osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types.

Research has revealed that taking ginger supplements can help ease joint pain and inflammation.

However, adding a festive favourite to your diet could also reduce discomfort of arthritis.

Frankincense - known for its links to Christmas - is also known as boswellia, and has been enlisted for centuries in African and Asian traditional medicine.

The herb derives from the gum of boswellia trees that can be found in India, and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is thought to help arthritis sufferers by blocking leukotrienes.

These are substances that attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.

A study published in the Journal of Rheumatology discovered that boswellia could reduce joint swelling in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

But it could also help relieve osteoarthritis too.

A study published in the journal Phytomedicine showed that people with osteoarthritis of the knee had decreased knee pain after taking boswellia.

Another study indicated it had a positive effect on knee pain after just 90 days.

Boswellia can be taken in tablet form - making it suitable for consumption all year round, not just at Christmas.

The Arthritis Foundation recommends taking a dose of 300mg to 400mg three times per day.

Despite being anti-inflammatory, it could impact on the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medicines, meaning  you should let your doctor know you are taking boswellia.

As well as helping ease arthritis, the herb is also thought to help arthritis sufferers and those with inflammatory bowel disease.

Additionally, it may stall cancer growth.

Research has indicated it could be used to help treat leukaemia and breast cancer in particular.



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