A painkiller that is made from rose hips may reduce pain in elderly people suffering from arthritis, scientists in Denmark have discovered.
Studies found that 80 per cent of those taking part in the trial who experienced arthritic pain reported a reduction in ailments three weeks after taking the rose hips, reports the Telegraph.
The men and women who had arthritis in their hips, knees or hands also said that they took significantly fewer standard painkillers during this time.
Dr Kaj Winther, who led the research at Copenhagen Country Hospital, commented that 95 arthritic patients with an average age of 66 were given LitoZin, which is made from the shells of wild rose hips, or a placebo.
Results revealed that 82 per cent of those given the LitoZin said that their pain had been significantly reduced, compared to under half of those taking the placebo.
Dr Rod Hughes, consultant rheumatologist at St Peter's Hospital in Surrey, commented to the Telegraph about these important new findings.
"This study suggests that rose hip extract offers potential relief from pain for osteoarthritis sufferers, without the side effects that are often found with conventional anti-inflammatory drugs," he said.
One theory behind the success of the rose hips in easing pain is that they may contain an ingredient which affects blood cells associated with inflammation and immune responses.