As we age, joint pain becomes a common health problem for many people, that need to find a way to relieve the aches and pains on a daily basis.
Yet, joint pain is not only a result of aging, as it can also be caused by the following factors:
Osteoarthritis- it occurs due to the wearing down of the protective cartilage on the end of bones, most often in the hips, spine, knees, and hands.
Injury- Post-traumatic arthritis and pain can often continue even after the injured body part is healed
Vitamin D Deficiency- this vital is critical for the health of the bones, and its deficiency leads to weak muscles, brittle bones, hip and pelvis fracture, pain, and tenderness
However, regardless of the cause of the joint pain, there is one ingredient that can relieve all the symptoms and soothe the pain- gelatin.
It is made from the boiling of animal bones, skin, and cartilage, as a way to extract the collagen, which is the fibrous material that connects them. Then, it is processed until it gets the form of gelatin.
Dr.Mercola explains the role of collagen:
“ Collagen is the most common protein – and the most abundant substance – in your body, second only to water.
There are nearly two dozen types of collagen, but three types make up 80 to 90 percent of the collagen in your body: Types I, II, and III.
Types I and III are found mainly in your skin, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Joint cartilage is mostly type II collagen.
When you’re young, your body makes enough collagen to keep tissues pliable and youthful. However, that changes once you pass your mid-20s. By the time you reach 40, your body’s ability to produce its own collagen drops about 25 percent. Your production is over half of youthful levels by age 60.’’
“Advancing age plays a role in declining levels, but it’s not the only culprit. Here are just some of the environmental, lifestyle, and nutritional factors that can affect your body’s production and speed up the loss of collagen, impacting the overall youthfulness of your skin:
- Deficiency of nutrients (amino acids, vitamins, and minerals)
- Poor gut health
- Hormone imbalances
- Sugar and excess carbs
- Fluoride in water
- Stress and trauma
- Excess free radicals
- Inadequate sleep
- Excessive sun exposure”
It is rich in amino acids and is made up of 98-99% protein, so its consumption improves the health of the bones and joints, and strengthens the cartilage. It can be taken in various forms, including pills and powder, or through marine, bovine (beef), porcine (pork), or chicken.
Here is an explanation of the different types of powdered gelatin and collagen:
Gelatin Powder – It can be flavored or unflavored, and is best used in recipes
Collagen Powder – It is best mixed in hot and cold drinks
Marine Collagen – It is a good alternative if you avoid beef or pork, as it is made from the bones, cartilage, and skin of marine animals
Yet, make sure the gelatin you buy is high-quality, from grass-fed and free-range animals. Avoid chemical and pesticide-treated pastures, and if possible, choose it to be sourced from a country closer to home.
What is a fact is that by adding gelatin to your diet, you will rebuild the cartilage, soothe joint pain, and strengthen the body. The following drink is a delicious way to reap the benefits of gelatin:
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin powder
- 8 ounces of crushed almonds
- 1 cup of natural orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 8 ounces of water
Boil the oatmeal for 10 minutes, leave it aside for a while, and then add the gelatin powder, almonds, orange juice, cinnamon, and honey. Blend the mixture in the blender, and drink half of the smoothie in the morning and the second glass in the evening. You can store the drink in the fridge in a sealed container. Shake it well before use.
Repeat for 15 days in a row. The effects will surprise you!