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Chicken capsules may ease joint disease

2nd December 2009

A new study has found that supplements containing chicken collagen may provide relief from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Scientists at Anhui Medical University in China studied 503 patients and found that those who took supplements containing chicken collagen displayed significant improvements in a number of symptoms.

According to the report, which is published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, a 12-week course of collagen tablets was associated with improvements in joint pain, morning stiffness, tenderness and swelling.

Although the benefits were not quite as noticeable as those achieved by taking the rheumatoid arthritis drug methotrexate, patients who took collagen capsules experienced fewer and milder side-effects.

More than 350,000 people in Britain are affected by rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs in around three times as many women as men.

Treatments for the disease include medicines and surgery, such as hip or knee replacements.

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