65 Percent: Osteoarthritis

By Nicole Duncan

The amount of obese Americans who will develop osteoarthritis of the knee. This painful condition occurs when two bones rub against each other in the joint once the cushiony cartilage between them wears down, causing inflammation; being overweight can speed this process. Think you’re safe if you’re fit and trim? Not so fast—35 percent of you will develop achy knees too. So before you reach for the acetaminophen, listen up: Research from the University of California reports that rose hip is nearly three times more effective for treating osteoarthritis pain than OTC meds. Like traditional painkillers, rose hip inhibits COX-2, the enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain. This natural cure is also rich in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, and antioxidants and doesn’t have the side effects of conventional treatment like constipation, diarrhea, and drowsiness. Take 5 grams daily.