Mineral Water "Eases Arthritis"

A Scottish mineral water may help reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests. A study, in the journal General Practice, of 35 patients found lower levels of inflammation among those that drank Deeside mineral water every day. Researchers at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary said three-quarters of patients reported 'significant benefit'. However, experts say the boost may have come from standard therapies the patients were also taking. Deeside mineral water flows from Pannanich Wells, a spring near the royal estate of Balmoral. It is believed to have been a favourite of Queen Victoria, and has long been famed for its healing powers, supposedly helping to treat rheumatism, skin conditions and stomach complaints. The researchers, led by Dr David Galloway, believe the water's low alkaline and mineral content may help to reduce inflammation.

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