Rosehip Oil Benefits for Osteoarthritis
Rosehip oil has found many uses in the beauty and cosmetics industry. Skin condition, acne, scars and psoriasis can all benefit from regular use of rosehip oil. Yet, there is some evidence and research indicating that rosehip oil may also be beneficial for those who are suffering from osteoarthritis.
Researchers in Denmark looked at the effect of rosehip oil on both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The study into osteoarthritis looked at those who were suffering from knee and hip pain and found that taking rosehip oil reduced their pain level, improved joint mobility and reduced the level of pain relief medication they used.
The rheumatoid arthritis study had similar findings; reduced pain and reduced reliance of pain relief drugs.
It is hypothesised that the benefit of rosehip oil for arthritis may arise from the presence of lycopene. This is an antioxidant which is also claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Other studies have indicated that the taking of rosehip oil may impact on the progression of arthritis by slowing the rate of degeneration of cartilage in the affected joints (or even by encouraging regeneration although this conclusion may be controversial).
Whilst these findings to date are encouraging it must be mentioned that the sample sizes for the studies has been on the small side and the results do need to be used judiciously. Much of the research that has taken place has been funded by producers and suppliers of rosehip oil.
Other than the cost of purchasing the capsules, though, there is little to be lost from trying to see if rosehip oil supplements have an impact on your pain and mobility. This is particularly relevant if your preference is for natural products.
If you are thinking about using rosehip oil for pain relief from arthritis then please consult your doctor or physician.