Gelatin for joint pain - remedies

Gelatin can be a very effective remedy for providing collagen to joints and reducing joint pain. Although it's more effective to consume it, you can also apply it topically.
Gelatin for joint pain - remedies
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

Individuals often have to use gelatin to deal with joint pain as they generally have difficulties going on with their daily activities. In fact, they often deal with a lack of motion, stiffness, or general discomfort.

Joint pain could be caused by a decrease in collagen levels. Collagen is a protein that builds up the base in cartilage tissue, bones, and tendons, and is essential for your overall joint health. Fortunately, there’s a very effective remedy to stop wear and tear and for soothing pain.

Gelatin is often recommended by health professionals and we’d like to share its main benefits with you together with some remedies for various ailments.

The benefits of using gelatin for joint pain

Gelatin is a very common and inexpensive food you can find at the supermarket. People often use it for cooking. It’s also used in health and beauty treatments.

From a nutritional perspective, it’s a significant source of proteins, which come from the processing of animal collagen. Because of this, thousands of people have incorporated it into their diets for joint health. It contains important nutrients that restore and protect connective tissue.


Estimates indicate it contains 90% of proteins from the skin and animal bone system, in addition to 2% of mineral salts and the rest is water.

Many people believe that these compounds aid various therapeutic purposes, especially because they confer them the ability to synthesize collagen in the body.

Person holding knee

Gelatin is recommended for treating conditions affecting the connective tissues in the body, like osteoarthritis. Its nutrients help reduce inflammation and repair worn cartilage.

This substance is also cholesterol and fat-free. In addition, it contains substances that improve the digestion of heavy foods, which soothes abdominal inflammation and lessens gases.

Some people believe it provides elasticity and strength to the tendons and ligaments to prevent injuries when used as a treatment.

However, there’s insufficient scientific evidence to support these assumptions, as we’ll show you below.

Gelatin remedies for soothing joint pain

People often say that you can maintain proper joint health by eating about 10 grams of gelatin per day. You can obtain it through desserts, smoothies, and other recipes.

However, institutions such as the Marina Baixa Hospital in Alicante suggest we exercise caution in this study. Although gelatin does have some health properties, the studies used received funding by entities that market supplements of this type. So there’s no scientific evidence to determine their lack of danger when ingested daily. Also, there’s none to support any type of relationship between its consumption and the relief of osteoarthritis.

Due to the lack of consistent information, we recommend consulting a specialized doctor. However, in order to enhance its therapeutic power, here are some remedies designed exclusively to soothe joint pain. What have you got to lose!

Gelatin and cold water

Gelatin in jar

You should take this remedy every day, half an hour before breakfast. You can mix it with fresh orange juice for better taste and faster absorption.


  • Half a tbsp. non-flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 c. of ice water
  • Half a cup of warm water


  • First, pour the gelatin into the ice water. Let steep overnight.
  • The next day, add the warm water and heat in a double boiler.
  • Finally, once it’s completely dissolved, remove from heat and consume.

Gelatin and milk

This is another alternative for increasing your gelatin intake for health purposes. This substance contains a lot of calcium, which is essential for the health of our bones, according to this study conducted by Hospital de Navarra.


  • 2 tbsp. non-flavored gelatin
  • 3/4 c. of cold milk


  • First, dilute the gelatin in the cold milk and steep overnight.
  • Then, if you’d like to sweeten it, add a bit of honey.
  • After that, heat in a double boiler without boiling.
  • Remove from heat. Finally, allow to cool and drink.
  • This treatment should be done for at least 3 weeks in a row.

Read also Four Recipes with Gelatin

Gelatin compresses

Gelatin powder

There’s no scientific evidence to support the use of gelatin as an anti-inflammatory. However, here’s the remedy if you’d still like to try it:


  • 1 tbsp. non-flavored gelatin
  • 4 c. of water
  • 1 wide bandage
  • Plastic wrap


  • First, soak the bandage in hot water and fold it into sections. Then add the gelatin.
  • Now, wrap it around your joints and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Finally, leave it on for about 20 minutes and repeat every day.

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t consume too much gelatin if you have stomach and liver problems or atherosclerosis. Follow these tips and reap the benefits of gelatin’s properties, but always under the supervision of your doctor.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Rodríguez-Hernández, J. L. (2004). Dolor osteomuscular y reumatológico. Revista de La Sociedad Espanola Del Dolor.

  • Sánchez Martín, M. M. (2013). Artrosis. Etiopatogenia y tratamiento. An Real Acad Med Cir Vall.

  • Sandoval, W. (2012). Lesiones Musculares. Dirección de La Cultura Fisica y El Deporte.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.