8 Unconventional Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

1. Green Tea

Scientists say green tea and its active ingredients, polyphenols, show promise in treating both RA and osteoarthritis. Studies are under way to determine exactly how. Polyphenols may affect the immune system and decrease substances that destroy joints in people with RA. In the meantime, go ahead and brew a cup: Green tea is generally safe to sip in moderate amounts.

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