Arthritis affects around 10 million people, young and old, in the UK.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and symptoms include inflammation in and around the joints, warm, red skin over the affected joint, and weakness and muscle wasting.
While there is no cure, there are ways proven to ease pain and other symptoms in the form of supplements.
Scientific evidence has been carried out to suggest borage seed oil can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
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Scientific evidence has been carried out to suggest borage seed oil can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
Borage seed oil, also known as starflower oil, is made from the seeds of the borage plant, a herb native to the Mediterranean region but grown in other countries, including the UK.
But how does it help improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
According to Arthritis Research, borage seed oil contains very high levels of two types of polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acids, 20 to 26 per centgamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linolenic acid (LA, which your body converts to GLA).
The charity explains: