Many people suffer from joint pain, whether from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, injury, uric acid crystals, years of normal wear and tear, and other causes. Known anti-inflammatories like turmeric, honey, garlic, and ginger can help ease the pain but there’s another, less popular food that can help: gelatin.
Gelatin is the collagen extracted from animal bones, tendons, and skin. Vegan versions exist that are made from agar agar (cooked and pressed algae) or carrageenan (seaweed). While the vegan “gelatin” has the same texture for use in preparing other foods, it doesn’t have the same healing effects. Here we are talking about traditional gelatin, sourced from pigs or bovine animals.
Gelatin For Joint Pain
Gelatin has many health benefits , primarily due to its protein and collagen content.
These elements are required for healthy bones, which makes sense since they are extracted from bones and other meat scraps. Collagen is structural protein and the most abundant protein in the body, connecting everything together. It’s found in skin, bones, hair, and connective tissue. Gelatin contains six to twelve grams of protein per tablespoon (1).
See also: anti inflammatory foods
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Our bodies absorb the collagen in gelatin, adding to our own supply.