Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including young children.
The most common type of arthritis pain in the UK, osteoarthritis, is caused by a gradual wearing down of the lining of the joints.
The condition can lead to painful joints, restricted movement, and having warm, red skin over the affected joints.
But, eating gingerbread this festive season could help to prevent painful joints.
Ginger is a great natural remedy for treating joint pain and inflammation, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidants, that work to relieve arthritis pain.
For the best effect, try taking ginger supplements, as gingerbread biscuits alone may only provide a small effect.
“Do you keep ginger in your spice cabinet? Maybe it should be in your medicine cabinet,” said the Arthritis Foundation.
“Besides being a tasty spice often used to enhance holiday treats, ginger can soothe upset stomachs and diminish nausea, and studies show it may help pain and inflammation, too.
“Choosing the most effective form of ginger may be the biggest challenge to reaping its rewards.
“Ginger comes in capsules, tinctures, teas, powders, oils and foods made from the dried or fresh root of the ginger plant.
“Although they smell wonderful, foods like gingerbread, gingersnaps and ginger tea may not contain enough ginger to have an effect.”
Before adding ginger to your diet, you should speak to a doctor, warned the foundation.
If you’re cleared to eat more ginger, try taking 100 to 200mg of ginger every day for between four to six weeks.
But, you should steer clear of ginger if you’re already taking blood-thinning medication, including warfarin.
Almost nine million people in the UK have osteoarthritis, and it’s most common in people in their mid-40s.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain and stiffness, said the NHS.
Some patients may also experience swelling, tenderness, or a grating sound when moving their joints.
Any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but it’s most likely to affect the knees, hips, and small joints in the hands.
Speak to a GP if you have persistent symptoms of osteoarthritis, as treatment can help to relieve some signs of the condition.