According to recent data reported on by Healio, patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may want to take a closer look at the good ol’ periodic table. Recent study findings show that taking potassium orally as a supplemental may be associated with a reduction in pain and disease activity for RA.

The study was pretty straightforward in that patients with RA were either give a potassium-rich diet (group A) or supplemental potassium powder with the diet (group B) or just followed their normal diet (group C).

Researchers found that those in group B had the highest rates of self-reported pain reduction and improvements in disease activity.

“Overall, this seemed to be a gentle, useful and safe adjunct therapy,” the researchers concluded.

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