A compound found in red wine could alleviate pain for osteoarthritis patients, according to a new study by Al-Rafidain University College in Baghdad.
Researchers found that patients given resveratrol, an antioxidant which is found in the skin of red grapes, reported greatly reduced levels of pain and inflammation.
Around a third of people over the age of 45 suffer with the condition. During the three-month study of 110 patients, half were given a 500mg daily dose of resveratrol. The others were given a placebo.
Blood tests were taken before and after the study to determine levels of biomarkers relating to inflammation. It was found that patients given resveratrol had a much lower pain score, compared with those taking a placebo, and that inflammation was significantly reduced.
Resveratrol has also been found to cut harmful cholesterol, protect brain function and lower blood pressure.
This is the first study to examine the effects of the compound, taken in conjunction with NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen) in the management of knee osteoarthritis patients. The results have been published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.