Arthritis affects more than ten million people – and it takes over lives.
The crippling condition can cause severe mobility problems, make sleeping impossible and turn basic tasks into a mission.
But instead of relying on anti-inflammatories and painkillers, which have been linked to stomach and heart issues, the Sunday People can reveal there are alternatives.
And they could even stop you developing it in the first place.
Tuck into pomegranates
Called phytochemicals, they help prevent damage to cartilage cells, which keeps bones healthy.
Pomegranate seeds are also full of punicic acid, which has powerful antioxidant properties and could reduce joint inflammation.
Mediterranean diet plan
Eating more fruit, veg, beans, whole grains, olive oil and fatty fish may help tackle the disease and increase mobility.
The first study into the link between a Mediterranean diet and osteoarthritis recently found that eating more of these ingredients over a 16-week period helped reduce inflammation and maintain bone health.
Run by charity Arthritis Action, the research saw the “inflammatory blood biomarker” of participants drop by almost half, while a cartilage degeneration dropped 8 per cent. The experts also recommended cutting down on red meat.
Go for a jog
It is important to keep muscles and joints moving, even if you do not have arthritis.
Moderate exercise has even been found to help prevent osteoarthritis in the knees and hips – physical activity helps lubricate the joints and maintain cartilage elasticity.
While running had previously been thought to be bad for joints, a study recently found that…