Home-made rosehip jam has been used as a traditional pain relief remedy in Denmark for many years. If this sounds dotty, let me enlighten you. Based on the jam notion, a supplement of rosehip powder was formulated (Litozin Joint Health), and trials by Danish scientists have shown that it effectively helps joint pain associated with both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
"Three studies on osteoarthritis have shown that patients taking the rosehip supplement could halve medication such as synthetic opiates, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and codeine," explains lead researcher Dr Kaj Winther of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen.
Since these drugs all have significant side effects and the rosehip supplement has none (indeed it confers benefits), it is an important finding.
This summer, a breakthrough trial from the same team with the Charité University Medical Centre in Berlin showed rosehip benefited patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The six-month study was comparatively small, with 74 patients in two groups, one taking the supplement and one a placebo. But the first group found that, on average, joint pain and discomfort fell by 40 per cent.
"We were all surprised to see such meaningful results,' said Professor Stefan Willich in Berlin. 'Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most difficult conditions to treat, which makes it all the more remarkable to find such beneficial effects from this remedy."
Rosehips are thought to work by quelling the inflammation that causes swelling, pain and disability. They are one of the highest sources of antioxidant vitamins, which have many health-giving benefits including subduing inflammation. Rosehips have also been found to contain an important anti-inflammatory omega-3-like fatty acid, called Gopo, which has been hailed as a plant version of fish oil.
Source - Daily Mail