Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, inflammation, and restricted movement.
About 10 million people have arthritis in the UK, including around 400,000 rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to the NHS.
There’s currently no cure for the condition, but there are treatments available which slow down its progress.
Eating blackberries could be the key to reducing inflammation in arthritis patients, a nutritionist has claimed.
“Blackberries contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which suggests that they may provide protection against inflammatory conditions,” said nutritionist Anita Bean.
“A growing body of scientific research indicates that inflammation contributes to diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and obesity.
“Blackberries contain a wide range of nutrients, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, potassium and magnesium, as well as fibre and other plant nutrients that have numerous health benefits.
“These include flavonoids, which have powerful anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. They also give blackberries their deep purple colour.”
Blackberries could also help to prevent weight gain by blocking fat absorption, said Bean.
Their rich flavonoid content also contribute to protecting against heart disease.
Eating more blackberries has been linked to a lower risk of stroke and high blood pressure, too.
“Eating around 10 blackberries will count towards one of your five-a-day,” said Bean. “These berries are readily available in abundance and tasty straight from the punnet.”
Rheumatoid arthritis is often diagnosed after a person turns 40.
The condition is caused by the body’s immune system targeting joints by mistake. This causes pain and swelling.
It’s not clear exactly what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but you’re more likely to develop it if you’re female, or have a family history of the arthritis.
Some supportive treatments could also help to relieve symptoms, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.