Granny certainly knew a thing or two when it came to easing pain in the joints. According to new research, her old remedy of cod liver oil can slow or even reverse damage to cartilage, say a team from Cardiff University.
They say fatty acids in the oil switch off enzymes that break down cartilage, cushioning bones and stopping them from grinding.
Loss of cartilage leads to painful osteoarthritis, which affects 1.5 million people in the UK.
Professor Bruce Caterson says, ‘By exposing human osteoarthritic cartilage to cod liver oil for just 24 hours we can turn off, or reverse, the action of the degradative enzymes and inflammatory factors affecting the tissue. This is where science and old wives’ tales coincide.
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