Seaweed to treat arthritis

THE panacea for one of mankind’s most debilitating diseases could be lurking under the sea off the Coffs Coast.

Preliminary findings of a pilot study by Southern Cross University (SCU) indicates seaweed may be as effective as conventional drugs in treating osteoarthritis. If the findings are proven, then treatment of the disease that affects around three million Australians could be radically changed.

The study supervisor, Professor Stephen Myers, director of NatMed-Research through the School of Health and Human Sciences at SCU, said osteoarthritis treatment is problematic so he is excited by the findings.

“The reason the research is exciting is twofold. One reason is that we gave people two different doses of the preparation. We gave one group 100mg and another group 10 times that dose, or 1000mg, and one of the things that we found statistically was that the two groups split apart significantly in a way that we wouldn’t have predicted beforehand,{inch} Prof Myers said. “The group that took the 1000mg got in the vicinity of a 50 per cent reduction in their symptoms of osteoarthritis.”

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