A powder form of the wild variety of rosehip, Rosa canina, is better at relieving pain among osteoarthritis patients than paracetamol and the nutritional supplement, glucosamine.
The three therapies were tested on a group of 300 patients, who tested each in turn for three months. Overall, the patients reported that the rosehip preparation was almost three times more effective than paracetamol, and 40 per cent better than glucosamine.
Rosehip also didn't come with the side effects associated with paracetamol, including constipation and drowsiness.
The researchers from Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen believe that rosehip is so effective because it also reduces the inflammation in the joints, which is characteristic of osteoarthritis.
(Source: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, e-published ahead of print.)