Around 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis.
Two million of those have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease where pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints is caused by inflammation.
Flare ups can be common and usually affect the hands, wrists and feet.
Vitamin C has been found to help arthritis sufferers with their joint pain.
In particular, the vitamin seems to work well for those with rheumatoid arthritis.
A US study published in the Journal of Translational Medicine showed that vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, prevented pain in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients with painful symptoms were given the vitamin intravenously twice a week for four weeks. Afterwards, the pain had disappeared.
“We have shown a complete decrease in pain in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis following administration of twice-weekly infusions of high-dose vitamin C,” the report said.
“This data suggests that vitamin C may be more effective for the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis than osteoarthritis.”
Other studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin C are three times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people whose