Updated 25 February 2016

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Researchers at Washington State University in the US have identified a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Their discovery, featured on the cover of the Journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, shows that a compound in green tea - a phytochemical called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) - has been found to block the effects of the disease without blocking other cellular functions.

The researchers confirmed their findings in a pre-clinical animal model of human rheumatoid arthritis, where they observed that ankle swelling in animals given EGCG in a 10-day treatment plan was markedly reduced.

If you are suffering from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, have a cuppa every day for the next 10 days and see if there is an improvement in symptoms. 

Read up on the various symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis