Joint Pain Remedies with Gelatin

November 2, 2018
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.

Almost no one is exempt from joint pain. It’s more common in athletes or very active people. But, it’s also proven that injuries, genetic conditions and even being sedentary can cause problems with one’s joints.

Individuals that have to deal with joint pain 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. However, what can you do if your collagen levels are already low?

Fortunately, natural medicine has a very effective remedy for stopping wear on joints and for calming pain: gelatin. Many health professionals recommend it, and today we’ll share with you the main benefits and ways of using gelating to ease joint pain.

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What are the benefits of using gelatin for joints?


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 has a great amount of proteins, which come from the processing of animal collagen.

Also, research estimates it to be present in 90% of the proteins of animal skin and the skeletal system, and in 2% of mineral salts and the rest of water. These compounds allow it to be used for therapeutic purposes, especially since they make it easier for the body to synthesize 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. Moreover, that’s why regularly consuming gelatin protects joints and provides extra protection for nails, hair, teeth and skin.

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. Also, gelatin contains essential amino acids like arginine and glycine, which the body needs to create muscle mass.

On the other hand, gelatin may improve the digestion of heavy foods, which helps calm abdominal inflammation and gas. 

Applied as a treatment, it provides elasticity and strength to tendons and ligaments to help prevent injuries. And, if that wasn’t enough, its nutrients strengthen the immune system and can prevent the development of several diseases.

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Gelatin remedies for calming joint pain

To care for joint health, we recommend consuming 10 grams of gelatin a day. You can make sure your intake equals those 10g by including it in pastries, smoothies or other recipes. But, if you want to strengthen these therapeutic effects, we suggest these remedies designed for calming joint pain.

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 to get a better taste and absorption. It’s an easy and quick way to start your day, giving you energy and easing your joint paint.


  • 1/2 Tbsp. non-flavored gelatin (5 grams)
  • 100 mL ice water (1/2 glass)
  • 100 mL warm water (1/2 glass)


  • 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 Milk

Gelatin milk is another alternative for increasing gelatin intake for health. This drink lubricates cartilage and ligaments to keep them strong. It’s very easy to prepare! And, it will allow you to help strengthen your joints and ease the pain.


  • 2 Tbsp. non-flavored gelatin (20 grams)
  • 3/4 glass cold milk (150 mL)


  • 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.

Gelatin compresses

Gelatin powder

Gelatin compresses don’t give the cartilage a lot of nutrients. However, they are a great option for calming pain and inflammation. Also, they are easy to make and are a very cheap way to lower joint pain. To make them follow the instructions below:


  • 1 Tbsp. non-flavored gelatin (10 grams)
  • 1L of water
  • 1 wide bandage
  • Plastic wrap (1 sheet)


  • First, soak the bandage in hot water.
  • Next, fold into sections and add the gelatin.
  • Then, wrap this around your joints. Finally, cover with plastic wrap.
  • Allow to set for 20 minutes, then repeat every day.

Remember that you shouldn’t consume too much gelatin, as this could cause stomach and liver problems. In short, choose the remedies you feel more comfortable with and always listen to your body.  Follow these tips and reap the benefits of gelatin’s properties!

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  • 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.