Imagine reaching into your fridge for a bottle of water that can reduce inflammation, stiffness and pain caused by your arthritis. It may sound more like a fantasy than a reality, but these are the claims being made about Deeside mineral water.

This health-boosting water flows from Pannanich Wells in the hills of Scotland near Balmoral castle, the Scottish home to the British monarchy. According to research from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland, 75 per cent of their patients (who were also receiving other treatments) experienced significant benefits from drinking the water.

The healing properties of Deeside water isn’t news to many people in the area--it’s reputed to help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders and stomach ailments.

Deeside Preliminary Studies Promising
Many in the medical community remain skeptical about the water’s ability to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This autoimmune disease is a serious, progressive condition that causes joint swelling, pain and stiffness, joint damage, and fatigue. Despite the critics, some early research offers insight into how the water may provide arthritic relief.

A study published in the British Journal of Rheumatology found that patients who drank the water experienced noticeably less inflammation. Researchers believe that the mineral content of the water, including calcium and magnesium, is a major factor. Not only do both of these minerals help to strengthen bones; they also lower blood acidity, which contributes to rheumatoid arthritis.

Foods and nutrients that are antioxidant powerhouses — such as blueberries and vitamin C ­­— protect the body from the ravages of aging and disease. Researchers believe that Deeside also has substantial antioxidant properties and can battle oxidation and inflammation. In tests researchers found that cell cultures dissolved in Deeside water were more resistant to oxidation compared to ultra pure lab water and another mineral water.

More clinical trials are needed and it’s unlikely the water will be a cure for arthritis. Still, if this budget-friendly drink is able to make even a small difference in relieving the agonizing symptoms of arthritis, it may be worth giving it a try.

How to Get Deeside Water
This natural mineral water isn’t widely available in North America yet. Deeside Water Company is working with a global agent to bring it to store shelves around the world. In the meantime, you can ask your favorite health food store to order it directly from the company.