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Monday, August 27, 2007

Does gelatin reduce joint arthritis and joint pain?

Dear Gary,
I have a friend with a background in food technology. He has had some severe arthritic problems with his knees and began taking doses of gelatine. After several months of taking this he maintains that he has had considerable improvement both in his mobility and a big reduction in pain.

Have you heard of this as a treatment of arthritic problems?
Gary Moller comments:

Your friend is definitely on the right track. It depends on how refined the gelatine is. I would assume that there are quantities of chondroitin, one of the constituents of joint cartilage in the gelatine. Of course, there are other constituents of cartilage that may be in the gelatine from the rendering process. The less refined it is the better. Home
made is best. Read on!

The best way for people to get these and many other valuable nutrients for joint and general health is via bone broths such as those that Grandma swore by. Get a kilo of beef, lamb or free range chicken bones from the butcher and simmer for a few days to render them down, boiling out all of their goodness into a rich broth of proteins and minerals – and gelatine. Here is the recipe.

Gelatine has several health benefits, including aiding digestion and soothing the gut. It holds water in the digestive tract and helps soothe and keep the intestinal wall in good health. It aids the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Gelatine is a constituent of collagen which is the material that holds us together at the cellular level! As we age, we sag. We need more gelatine in our diets as we get old.

In addition to the gelatinous broths, I would not hesitate to add a commercial glucosamine and chondroitin formula to the mix. These preparations are concentrated sources of the nutritional substrate that makes up healthy joint tissue: glucosamine, chondroitin and nutrients such as trace minerals and vitamin C

Wishing you good health

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