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Delicious brew makes joint swelling vanish

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, nobody knows pain like you do. Between the swelling and the damage to your joints, just walking from the sofa to the bathroom can leave you in absolute agony.

And, not to sound like a Debbie Downer, but it doesn’t get much better as the days wear on.

Over time, RA can leave your joints permanently disfigured. Even worse, the drugs that most mainstream docs hand out practically destroy your immune system and make you a sitting duck for a potentially deadly infection.

Talk about a “cure” that can be even worse than the disease!

And if you’re tired of planning your day around pills and pain, there may be some powerful – and delicious – help on the way.

All you have to do is say “yes” to a spot of tea – just make sure it’s green tea.

Researchers from Washington State University just wrapped up a study on rats that had been genetically engineered to develop RA. And they regularly fed them a compound found in green tea called EGCG.

You may have heard of EGCG before. It actually blocks a key protein that can cause runaway inflammation and leave you in constant pain.

And it took just 10 days of EGCG treatment to dramatically reduce the swelling in the rats’ joints.

That’s just a week and a half! So how long have you been suffering with your RA anyway?

Now, trust me, I get it. It’s always hard to look at a study on rats – or any other animal – and think it’s going to work for you.

But this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that green tea is practically a magical elixir.

It’s full of antioxidants, and it’s good for the brain, fights liver disease, prevents cancer, reduces risk for heart disease, is great for weight loss…the list goes on.

And, it gives you a boost – but for some people, it might be too much of a boost. So, even though green tea has less caffeine than coffee and some other teas, you might want to try just a bit of it to start if you’re sensitive to caffeine. You can also find decaffeinated versions at your local health food store.

Or, you could go straight to the source and take EGCG supplements, which you can find pretty easily online. You’ll spend less than $1 a day, and you should know within a couple weeks whether they are starting to work for you.

Sources:

Compound found in green tea can help treat rheumatoid arthritis

(ctvnews.ca)

Compound in green tea found to block rheumatoid arthritis

(news.wsu.edu)

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