Gelatin (also called “hydrolyzed gelatin” or collagen) is a popular natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis pain and better yet…
… it also helps bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and skin, because it’s derived from the building blocks of connective tissue.
Even if its role in joint pain and stiffness is new to you, I’m betting that gelatin itself is not.
If you eat jello, or regularly make jello-based dessert recipes, you are well-acquainted with gelatin.
As a supplement, gelatin is used to strengthen connective tissue and bones, and it may help heal cartilage and bone injuries as well.
In Europe, it is commonly used as a treatment for arthritis and osteoporosis.
To add just a touch of confusion here, the terms “collagen hydrolysate”, “gelatine hydrolysate” and “collagen peptides” are sometimes used instead of “gelatin.”
What is Gelatin?
Gelatin is an animal-sourced protein, obtained by boiling skin, bones , tendons and ligaments in water. It’s a translucent, flavorless food that has many uses – it’s also used in pharmaceutical drugs, vitamin capsules, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing.
It’s derived from collagen, which is the main component of connective tissue in animals.
What’s the Science Say about its Anti-Inflammatory Effects?
Clinical studies show that gelatin supplementation helps with the pain of arthritis (see here).
But it gets better.
It has also been demonstrated to repair the cartilage in knee arthritis (see study details for proof here).
Now that, my friends, is something to write home about.
Please note that cartilage repair didn’t happen overnight.
In the study I referenced, positive changes were noted in 24 weeks. Yep, 6 months. You gotta take it awhile. And you gotta take a lot. More on this in a moment.
Efective Dosage for Arthritis and Joint Reconstruction
Clinical studies have used doses ranging from 1.2 grams/day (for pain) to 10 grams/day (for joint repair).
10 grams is roughly two teaspons. So…
If you’re going to experiment with a gelatin or collagen based supplement and expect to get any resuts, you’re going to have to take a pretty hefty dose.
Supplements that contain only a mere sprinkle of this ingredient are unlikely to deliver any results.
Side Effects & Drug Interactions
Since gelatin is a food product, it is not associated with any drug interactions.
And side effects?
Some people complain that commercial collagen / gelatin supplements don’t taste great, or they make them feel “full”, but that’s essentially the extent of the issues.
Personal Experience with Gelatin for Pain & Inflammation
Trying a full-strength “dedicated” gelatin/collagen product (like one of the two featured further on down this page) is definitely on my “to do” list.
Especially after writing this review.
And while I haven’t taken gelatin on its own, one of my favorite joint supplements contains 5,000 mg of gelatin in combination with a hearty dose of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM.
Of course, because it contains other ingredients, I can’t say for certain that the benefits I received were directly related to its gelatine content, but it’s certainly possible.
I specifically like supplements that combine gelatine with other ingredients – especially glucosamine and chondroitin, because these two compounds work on a different part of cartilage structure than gelatin.
Customer Reviews, Feedback and Testimonials
To see what people were saying about real life use of these supplements for arthritis, joint pain, osteoarthritis and even meniscus tears and herniated discs, I took a look at the two most popular selling gelatin / collagen products on iHerb.com…
Great Lakes Gelatin’s Unflavored Gelatin
Great Lakes Gelatin’s Collagen Hydrolysate (collagen hydrolysate is gelatin that has been more intensively processed and reacts somewhat differently in liquids).
Between the two of them…
- They have nearly 1,000 reviews (at the time of this writing).
- The vast majority of respondents rating these products either 4 or 5 stars.
- Customers frequently comment on the effectiveness of this supplement for joint related pains and stiffness.
- Other benefits are also mentioned – many in relation to hair and nail growth.
And while I must emphasize that personal reviews and comments are only anecdotal evidence at best, when you see feedback like this, it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than the one echoed by the clinical data I referenced earlier…
Collagen really helps.
Recommendation: Should You Try Collagen?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to try it.
- Encouraging clinical study data.
- Positive feedback.
- Product cost.
- And its use as a treatment for arthritis and osteoporosis in Eurpoe.
… makes an experiment with hydrolyzed gelatin / collagen a very low risk indeed.
I’d recommend either of the two Great Lakes Gelatine products featured above…
- The Great Lakes Gelatin Co Beef Hide Gelatin
- The Great Lakes Gelatin Co Collagen Hydrosylate. (This is by far the more popular of the two products).
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