According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by age 85, making the health of our knees a point of concern for both young and old. Taking care of your knees now will surely pay dividends in the future, when your risk for knee problems may rise. In these studies, rosehip and pomegranate juice showed some promise in supporting knee health for those suffering from OA of the knee. Find out more:
Rosehip improved movement
Earlier studies found rosehip reduced pain from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, but this is the first trial to test rosehip and knee joint movement. In this study, 94 adults, average age 67, who reported limitations in walking due to the knee, took a placebo or 2,250 mg of rosehip powder, divided into three doses per day.
Doctors measured how far the knee could bend during walking at the beginning of the study and after 12 weeks taking rosehip. Compared to placebo, those in the rosehip group had a steadier, faster gait by the end of the study. Doctors said rosehip safely improved knee movement in those with impaired walking.
Reference: Gait & Posture; September, 2015, Vol. 42, No. 3, 340-7
Studies in the lab had found pomegranate juice reduced inflammation in cartilage—the protective elastic tissue between bones and joints; and doctors wanted to see if pomegranate could improve physical function in knee OA. In this study, 38 people with OA of the knee took 6.5 ounces of pomegranate juice per day or no treatment.
After six weeks, scores on tests of physical function and stiffness had improved by 18 percent for those taking pomegranate while declining 3.9 percent for those who took no treatment.
In arthritis, destructive enzymes irreversibly break down cartilage. Those in the pomegranate group had significantly lower levels of this damaging enzyme compared to those who did not take pomegranate juice. In addition, the pomegranate group had higher circulating levels of antioxidants.
Reference: Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture; January, 2016, Published Online
Betsy’s Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Consult your healthcare provider before beginning a supplement, especially if you have a medical condition or take medications. For example, rosehip and pomegranate also thin blood.
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