Knee pain effects almost everyone at some point in their life. If you are someone who jogs or who plays a sport where your feet are constantly pounding against the ground, than you may already be experiencing this kind of pain. However, as we grow older, this pain becomes a lot more apparent for everyone, and in some cases it can even become debilitating.

What Causes Knee Pain?

One of the most common causes of knee pain, aside from injury, is a gradual loss of the cartilage found in our knee joint.

Cartilage is more malleable and rubber-like than bone, and it acts as a shock-absorber whenever pressure is put on the knee joint, such as when landing on the ground after a jump or during activities such as running and jogging.

Both ends of the knee joint are covered in cartilage and provide cushioning for each other. The layer of cartilage covering the bottom half of the knee joint (the top of the tibia) is thinner than the layer covering the top half of the knee joint (the bottom of the femur).

Knee pain usually begins to occur when these layers of cartilage start to soften. This is often caused simply by wear and tear, however if can also happen due to muscle weakness or if part of the knee is out of alignment.

When the cartilage “pads” between the two bones that form the knee joint begin to weaken, it causes the bones to come in contact with each other when pressure is put on the knees. This essentially causes the two ends of the bones to scrape against each other, which can result in sometimes excruciating pain.

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Although the most common symptom of cartilage loss in the knees is pain, it can also result in serious damage to the bones that make up the joint, such as bone chipping.

Gelatin for Knee Pain

Treatment for knee pain is not very expansive. It mainly consists of avoiding physical activity and, in serious cases, invasive surgery. However, there is one natural ingredient that has been shown countless times to improve knee pain and function, and that is gelatin.

One study looked at the effect that the combination of gelatin, calcium and vitamin C had on the condition of 175 participants who had osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by cartilage loss). Researchers randomly assigned the study participants daily consumption of either 10 grams of a gelatin supplement with vitamin C and calcium or a placebo.

At the end of the study, researchers found that those who took the gelatin supplement had significantly improved measurements of pain, stiffness and mobility.

Researchers came to the conclusion that both gelatin and the antioxidant effects of vitamin C played a role in the prevention of knee pain. They found that while gelatin protected the knee joint from deterioration during intense physical activity, vitamin C helped prevent overall cartilage loss.

Since it was the combination of vitamin C and gelatin that researchers found so effective at protecting the knees, I’m going to show you a delicious recipe for homemade orange jello that is full of both vitamin C and gelatin.

Orange Jello

Ingredients:

  • Two cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Two tablespoons of powdered gelatin

Instructions:

  • Pour around a half a cup of your orange juice into a pot over low heat
  • Pour in the gelatin powder and stir until it is fully dissolved
  • Pour in the rest of your orange juice
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and let it cool
  • Put it in the fridge for around three hours

And there you have it! Simple, easy to make, knee-protecting jello. If you want to switch up the flavor a little bit, just replace oranges with any other citrus fruit that is high in vitamin C (just make sure to use some sweetener if you decide to go with lemon or lime).

For more ways to naturally treat knee or any other type of joint pain, click here.

Sources:

http://patient.info/health/knee-cartilage-injuries-including-meniscal-tears-leaflet

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/knee-pain/news/20000925/stiff-knees-take-some-gelatin-study-suggests

http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/knee_problems/knee_problems_ff.asp

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