Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints and other body parts. Your body’s immune system is meant to fight off infections to keep you healthy. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy tissue. Rheumatoid Arthritis targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage. The most common symptoms are joint pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness and loss of function.

Rose-Hip Vital® with GOPO® was the subject of a significant study published in the medical journal Phytomedicine in 2010. Rosehip herbal remedy in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis – a randomised controlled trial – which has shown that patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis may benefit from additional treatment with a patented Danish Rosehip powder containing GOPO®.

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

The first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints of the fingers and wrists accompanied by joint stiffness, especially in the mornings. The pain and stiffness last for hours and usually involve joints on both sides of the body. Occasionally, other joints such as the knees are the first to be affected. As the disease progresses, the joints become warm, tender and painful throughout the day. This is often accompanied by body stiffness.

Other symptoms include a low-grade fever, fatigue, malaise, and loss of weight and appetite – all related to the amount of inflammation present.

In advanced rheumatoid arthritis, much of the joint surface is destroyed leading to deformed joints.

Are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis similar?

Both conditions are similar in the sense that they are both arthritis, but the causes are different. Rheumatoid arthritis arises from the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues, while primary osteoarthritis is caused by “wear and tear” of the joints. Their symptoms, long term effects and treatment are also very different.

Can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

While there is no cure for RA, with early diagnosis and careful management, most people with RA are able to live full and active lives. The impact RA has on each individual varies as no 2 cases are exactly the same. Finding a treatment regime that works for you can be challenging, however, many Singaporeans living with RA are finding Rose-Hip Vital® with GOPO® to be significantly beneficial.