Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Some 54 million Americans suffer from it.
Mainstream doctors use painkilling drugs as the first-line treatment. These often include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Prescription ones include celecoxib (Celebrex) and diclofenac (Cambia, Voltaren).
These drugs are linked to heart disease, stroke, and heart failure.
I’m often asked if there are safer, natural alternatives. Big Pharma would rather you didn’t know, but the answer is yes.
Rose hips, for instance.
Rose hips are an edible part of rose bushes. They look like little red berries.
A clinical trial reported in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology enlisted 94 osteoarthritis patients. Researchers gave half the patients five grams of rose hips daily. The others took a placebo. After three weeks, the rose hip group reported less pain than the placebo group.
A study from Denmark’s Institute for Clinical Research looked at 112 arthritis patients. Scientists randomly assigned some of them to take a daily powdered rose hip supplement. The rest took a placebo. The rose hip subjects had much lower levels of pain and joint stiffness.
Another clinical trial published in the journal Current Therapeutic Research backed up the Danish study. Rose hips significantly reduced arthritis patients’ pain and joint stiffness.
Remarkable Rose Hips Benefits
Rose hips can also…
- Promote weight loss. In research published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, researchers gave 32 overweight people 100 mg of rose hip extract daily. After 12 weeks, subjects had lost more weight and stomach fat compared to a placebo group.
- Protect against heart disease. A study from Sweden’s Lund University looked at 31 obese adults. The research team gave some of them a daily rose hip drink. The rest took a placebo beverage. After six weeks, the rose hip group had 3.4% lower blood pressure. Their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol was lower as well.
Rose hips are often consumed as a tea. Get the organic variety. It’s also available as a supplement. Both forms are widely available from online retailers or health food stores.
Rose hips are safe and free of side effects. But don’t take it if you’re on lithium. Rose hips can increase the concentration of lithium in your body.