Can supplements really help with the pain of arthritis?
Dr Rod Hughes
Joint health supplements are big business in the UK. Millions of pounds are spent over the counter every year, and most buyers are seeking relief from the symptoms of arthritis – a group of painful long-term conditions thought to affect around 10 million Britons.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form, affecting around eight million people. It usually comes on as you age, with joint pain and stiffness developing as the cartilage between the bones gradually wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect a younger section of the populations and is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the joints.