Aging brings many unpleasant changes to the body, with joint pain being one of the biggest among them. As we get older, our joints start to deteriorate, resulting in nagging aches and pains that can vary in severity. Joint pain usually occurs as a result of injuries, vitamin D deficiency or osteoarthritis as well as other conditions.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the end of the bones starts to deteriorate. It usually occurs in the hips, knees, and hands, but it can also affect the spine. Another condition that can bring about joint pain is vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is very important for our bones and lack of it has been known to cause serious bone problems including brittle bones and increased risk of fractures. Once our joints start to wear down, the risk of injuries also goes up, potentially resulting in severe joint pain.
Treating joint pain depends on the cause. In some cases, it is treated with NSAIDs and over-the-counter drugs, while other cases, like severe injuries, may require surgery. The problem is that neither option is really effective. Relieving the symptoms is possible, but in order to really get rid of joint pain, you need to get to the root of the problem. Fortunately, there’s a single natural ingredient that can help – gelatin.
What is Gelatin?
Gelatin is a colorless and brittle food ingredient derived from collagen obtained from different animal parts. Once the collagen is extracted, it is processed until it becomes edible (gelatin). As experts explain, collagen is the second most abundant substance found in the human body, right next to water. The fibrous material connects our joints and bones and comes in three different types – I, II, and III. Types I and III are found in the skin, ligaments, tendons, and bones, while type II can be found in cartilage.
Collagen keeps our bones and joints together and makes them flexible. When we’re young, the body produces enough collagen to keep everything working properly, but as we get older and that production stops, the health of our joints starts to decline. Additionally, stress, trauma, improper rest, alcohol, caffeine, hormonal imbalance, too much sugar, poor gut health, and other factors make the problem worse, resulting in severe joint pain.
That can be improved by gelatin consumption. Gelatin is full of amino acids and proteins our joints and bones need. It will strengthen the cartilage in your body and reinforce the joints and bones, effectively preventing joint pain.
Gelatin can be consumed in many forms. You can get gelatin powder, which can be added to soups, stews, and other recipes or get collagen powder instead, which works best when added to hot and cold drinks. There’s also marine collagen, which, as the name suggests, is made of marine animals.
It goes without saying that the gelatin you’re buying should be of the highest quality (free-range animals).
Here’s an easy-to-prepare drink that will help you reap all the benefits of gelatin:
- 2 tablespoons gelatin
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh)
- 8 oz. water
- 8 oz. crushed almonds
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
First, boil the oatmeal in water for about 10 minutes, then take it off the heat and add the gelatin powder in it slowly. Continue with the orange juice, almonds, honey, and cinnamon. Stir well and pour the mix in a blender, then blend for about 30 seconds. Drink half of the gelatin smoothie in the morning and the other half before going to bed. You can keep it in the fridge if you want to.
Do the same every day and your joints and cartilage will be as good as new in just a short time.