Arthritis pain affects about 10 million people in the UK, according to the NHS.
Symptoms include joint pain, inflammation and swelling.
But, you could relieve painful joints by eating more of this cheap fruit, a nutritionist claimed.
Pineapple is rich in the anti-inflammatory compound bromelain, said Dr Josh Axe.
“Pineapple is a delicious tasting, nutrient-dense tropical fruit that provides a tonne of health benefits, yet it’s still low in overall calories,” said Axe.
“The benefits of pineapple include the ability to help those suffering from arthritis and joint pain because the bromelain that is present can speed up healing associated with surgical procedures.
“Bromelain works on inflammation by blocking metabolites which cause swelling.
“It also acts to decrease swelling by activating a chemical in the blood that breaks down fibrin, thus leading to reduced swelling.”
Eating fresh pineapple, or drinking pineapple juice, is best for reducing joint pain.
Cooked pineapple has at least 50 per cent less bromelain, while canned pineapple has some of its bromelain destroyed.
Pineapple is also rich in vitamins C and D, which can help skin problems, like a sunburn or irritated skin, said Axe.
Eating more pineapple could also lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer, as its rich in fibre, he said.
Arthritis symptoms can include joint stiffness, restricted movement, and muscle wasting, the NHS said.
There’s currently no cure for arthritis, some treatments could help to slow down the condition, it said.
If you’re overweight, losing weight could help you to cope with arthritis.
Regular exercise could also help to reduce and prevent joint pain.