Over 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis: the two most common types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is no cure for the condition, but symptoms can be improved by taking painkillers to ease the pain and inflammation. A common misconception of arthritis is that the condition only affects elderly people, but in actual fact younger people and even children can also be affected by it. With no direct cure, the condition can be extremely debilitating, getting in the way of daily activities and making it difficult to partake in activities like sports.
David Everett, 54, has been suffering from arthritis for 19 years, meaning he was only 35 when he developed the condition.
A keen cricketer and squash player, David played sports from a young age, but had to stop participating in sports completely due to the severity of his joint pain.
Working as a plumber by trade, David has also found his arthritis has affected his ability to work.
In particular, David finds his neck, hands and knees to be the worst affected areas.
“At work, I find the pain is worse when I’m carrying things. Being a plumber, I have to carry heavy equipment and a tool box, which then makes my job very difficult,” said David.
“There is a lot of getting up and down, which I find painful on my knees. I also regularly experience pain in my finger joints. Gripping a drill all day also tends to make this even worse.”
David explained his condition got so bad that he even struggled to complete basic day-to-day tasks.
“My painful joints were really getting me down mentally. It got to the stage that even little everyday tasks like pushing a trolley around the supermarket, when turning around the corners and twisting, would cause me pain.”
David normally took paracetamol and ibuprofen to ease the symptoms of his arthritis, until he started taking a supplement containing rosehip, which allowed him to stop taking painkillers altogether.
Rosehip is the fruit of the rose plant and is often used as a herbal medication due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
According to arthritis charity Versus Arthritis, evidence has suggested rosehip may be effective in relieving some symptoms associated with arthritis.
“I would mainly just take paracetamol and ibuprofen when my joints were really bad,” said David.
“But since I have been on GOPO Joint Health, I have stopped needing to take painkillers all together. I can now carry my heavy tool box and I feel little pain.
“I went on a golfing holiday recently for a long weekend and I managed to play golf every day without being in pain, something that I wouldn’t have been able to do before taking GOPO Joint Health.”
A key component for joint health found in rosehip is galactolipids – a type of compound that allows cells to connect to one another and form tissues.
Rosehip can be purchased as an over-the-counter supplement at pharmacies and from health stores. It is available under various different brands.