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Q. I'm writing to tell you about my excellent experience using gelatin for hip pain. I've had a chronic ache in my hip for several years. I've seen a chiropractor, whose ministrations were effective but temporary. Pilates helped for just a little while, and yoga had no effect. My doc took an X-ray and said she didn't see any arthritis. The chiropractor said he did and told me to eat Jell-O.

I decided to give it a try on the theory that it was perfectly harmless even if it didn't work. For about six weeks I ate roughly half a packet of Knox Gelatine a day (prepared, not dry). No effect. But in a fit of hunger and frustration one day I gobbled up the remaining half pan, about two packets worth. The next morning I awoke completely pain free.

I went online and found that people who use it recommend one packet a day. I've been doing that now for about two months, with only a very occasional twinge in my hip after driving for 12 hours. I don't know why it started working, but since my hip doesn't hurt, and it's easy and cheap, I'm just doing it.

A. This remedy fits our favorite criteria: won't hurt, might help, and doesn't cost too much. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Anyone who is interested in other non-drug approaches for joint pain may be interested in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.

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I would like to try the gelatin for hip pain, but you do not say how to prepare it. Just by itself or use regular Jello that has lots of sugar? I would think that plain gelatin mixed with only water would be hard to enjoy.

Is the ache in the joint itself or in the muscles where they insert into the joint? If nothing shows on the xray, perhaps this is a muscle ache/ connective tissue situation similar to fibromyalgia.

A fascinating remedy. thanks for sharing it with us.

I agree with the other writer about the sugar. Each packet contains about 20 grams of sugar which combined with all the other sugar that is in food products this results in a high daily intake of sugar.

I also had been experiencing hip pain and to the best of my knowledge this was due to just getting older. I went on fish oil and hyaluronic acid (HA) and my PT suggested some stretching exercises. This helped as I now do not experience any hip pain at all. Not sure which of the three is doing the most for eliminating the pain but the combination works. I'm also going to experiment with turmeric/curcumin as that also is supposed to help with these kinds of issues.

My husband has a lot of hip pain and the remedy with gelatin sounds very helpful, he would like to try it but how do you use it, i think the plain gelatin would be the one but do you let it set or just drink it after it has been mixed with water? We enjoy your column very much, thank you keep up the good work.

I agree, I would not eat the sugar, food color laden Jello type stuff either. I used to
make it with natural fruit juice (no raw pineapple, it keeps it from jelling), it's not
very sweet but I prefer it not so sweet. I very seldom drink juice, only diluted with
club soda or water, much better than soda. Some people have suggested Certo pectin was helpful to them.

Try the sugar-free Jello which won't add extra calories. Kroger has their own brand which is cheaper and Royal also has a sugar-free option which I buy at Walgreen's.

I also would like to know how to prepare the gelatin. Does this relate to the stories I hear about putting a package of Certo into grape juice and drinking 1/2 cup daily for joint pain? Does anybody have any experience with either of these remedies and fibromylgia joint pain?

I wonder if gelatin would help my hips. My left hip is 100% necrotic and the right is 25%. From a head on auto collision 5 years ago.

My Pettibon Chiropractor has me doing specific exercises and I am still mobile but want to put off hip replacement as long as possible. I am very sensitive to metal and many other substances. I can do a bit over a mile a day on my treadmill (with handles) and then do the exercises on my Rebounder (with a safety bar). Walking long distances is not possible even with my cane.

Do you think the gelatin remedy would offer me any help? Do you know of anything else that might grow my cartilage back in my left hip and stop the progress of the necrosis in my right?

I'll give Knox a try. I know I have degenerative joint disease in my right hip and don't even want to think about hip replacement. I'll be 80 in September and want to go right on enjoying my step aerobics classes! I am going to see how a little Splenda and some grape juice work for palatability.

I have been having hip pain for some time. I know I have osteoporosis and am on Fosamax. I took Forteo injections for two years and they did not help. I had back surgery for spinal stenosis and it has helped but did not eliminate pain completely. I would like to try the gelatin. How much should I eat daily and is the sugar free gelatin less effective than the unflavored Knox?

There are multiple ways gelatin can be taken. You can simply make jello and eat it as you would, but this can be cumbersome if you are taking a whole packet each day (ie. the knox brand). Simply pouring it into a large glass of water, giving a stir and drinking rather quickly as it does congeal is generally the most efficient manner.

In general it's well to include other supplements at the same time as gelatin has a long history of use (particularly as suggested by the great healer Edgar Cayce) to bring in other nutrients. Thus taking the gelatin with say Glucosamine, Turmeric, HA, whathaveyou, is well and as we in natural medicine oft say 'can't hurt.'

Lastly there are a number of brands available. Knox appears to source from Brazil as well as the states, some feel that this is not socially responsible as the cleared rainforest is frequently used for cattle grazing.

Is it possible to mix sugar-free jello with the Knox gelatin? I use Knox in my homemade slow cooker yogurt and that does not seem to be something you would eat plain.


Since I have diabetes, I'm making my own Knox recipe using one packet daily: 1/4c grape juice, 3/4 c water and l tablespoon Splenda. As a kind of lunch dessert, it's not bad and contains only 10 carbs.

Any instructions on using Certo - the liquid fruit pectin (each pouch is 3 oz) and how this compares to the gelatin (which is animal sourced correct?) I guess I"m wondering if it has to be gelatin or can fruit pectin be substituted?


I have tried several methods. In my case, is osteoarthritis and it hurts specially on my ankles and sometimes in my wrists. I tried several things and now I'm getting closer to a better solution; even though is not totally cured. I am using turmeric in all my food at least when I'm home, sometimes I also add ginger. Also I change my exercise of jogging to biking and walking. Now I am trying with copper little chains or plain cable around my ankles on the upper part. The jello suggestion seems very worth trying for me, and yes I would go with plain; no colors or sugar added.

I was trying to devise different gelatin recipes and thought combining the Knox with sugar-free jello would be nifty. WRONG!!!! The sugar-free jello is SWEETENED with ASPARTAME. I jettisoned the jello, telephoned Knox and inquired re recipes. The rep and I discussed my reasons for the gelatin; she stated many people had contacted Knox about experiencing the same result as in this article. She stated because of legal restraints she could not advise me on the use - only offer the additional recipes and also said I could find additional recipes at the online site.

I suggest the use of stevia to sweeten any gelatin dessert. I also suggest (in my opinion) avoiding sugar-free jello because of the aspartame.
To add: I have tried some interesting combos of the gelatin with pureed cantaloupe, oranges, pineapple, mango and watermelon sweetened with stevia. The great thing is I can eat any mistakes.

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I have problems with my elbow joints & tendons from heavy lifting. I've been doing a packet of gelatin a day for about a week. So far it hasn't helped really, but tendon regeneration takes a while so I'm sticking with it. I make sure I eat a sachet with every meal, for breakfast I'll mix the dry crystals into cereal, for lunch I'll dissolve them into a pasta sauce, then for dessert I'll make up a sachet of aspartame free sugar free jello with a sachet of unflavoured together. I'll have dry sachets mixed into protein drinks too. Gummy bears are a pretty good source of gelatin too, if you don't have to watch your calorie intake too much.

Gunfire, you may want to try the gelatin as its own, I have found both for myself and those I work with that taking it away from food appears to have more benefit.
If you feel that it isn't helping in the next few weeks, you may want to add in glucosamine and hyaluronic acid (which appears to have an affinity with elbow joint issues).

Lastly, some people find that eliminating certain food groups, those particularly of the night shade family (eg. tomato, peppers, eggplant) reduces symptoms as well.
All the best, Tymothy

I had been suffering with achy joints for a little over 10 years, doctors weren't listening because all tests showed I was within normal range of everything they tested. Yet, I could NOT move well and was in constant pain... I'm only 37! Then my mom read about taking gelatine to ease the pain in a home remedies book. I didn't listen, but then she asked me to do her the favor of printing out some info on this subject off the internet for some friend.

She's very wise, the friend was me! She knew I would at least try it, if I found others online with similar afflictions. So I gave it a try, straight from the packet into my mouth (little by little, about two teaspons each day) taking sips of water in between, then about 6-8 oz. of water right after. By the third night (still skeptical), I was able to move my toes! Not only that but with no pain! It had been a decade I hadn't felt this way! In about a week and a half after starting, my hands were not swollen and I was able to type, brush my hair, and other tasks I hadn't been able to do right before. To me, it is a personal miracle, since docs weren't helping, I am so thankful! And that's why I'm sharing this.

I love eating gelatin but for body pains? I don't know how this can be very effective. gelatins are mainly made for cooking and desserts.

I mix the Knox original unflavored gelatin in my morning cup of coffee and it has worked like a miracle. It dissolves quickly with constant stirring. I had been taking 2 Aleve each evening and more as needed along with 2 glucosamine tabs a day for joint pain (primarily toes and hip). This is cheap, easy, and effective. That's wonderful!

I bought Vegetarian Gelatin Capsules for my ankle sprain. My Holistic Dr gave me a recipe to try for 2 weeks. I am glad I don't have to try the Knox (non vegetarian).

I make it like coffee. I put one packet in a coffee cup with water and heat it in the microwave and drink it down. It works wonders!

I started taking plain gelatine (the kosher type, I believe made from fish) couple of weeks ago and took it for about 5 days for hip and knee pain. I did not go to the doctor for diagnosis because I did not want to take pain killing pills. The pain I felt was on the side of both knees and the side of my left hip

After taking it for a few days the pain subsided significantly. But there was another benefit: I suffer from constant muscle pain all over my body, feels as if I done some heavy physical labor. The pain is constant, except when heat applied. That was gone, I felt pain free, it was like a miracle. For a few days after I did not take any gelatine, and all the pain returned. I am back to taking it. I was preparing it in the following way:

At night mixed about 5gr (1/3) of one packet with approximately 1/4 cup of cold water, than in the morning added additional half cup of warm water, and some flavoring. It is important to use cold or cool water at night, and never add hot water to the mixture. Do not take this together with breakfast, should be at least half an hour before on an empty stomach.

Regarding knee and hip pain this condition could also be caused by taught muscles. I had pain on the sides of my knee and according the the knee surgeon there was some arthritis present but the meniscus was still pretty good. He recommended physical therapy and during these sessions I went through all the various stretching and strengthening exercises.

I mentioned to the therapist that my hip has a lot of pain also. He said that while this could be from a deteriorated ball/socket it also could be from very tight muscles pulling on the joint area. He showed me some simple stretching exercises and I could not believe how good my hip felt after only a couple of sessions. My knee is also pain free but I still have to be careful because part of the joint is arthritic. Bottom line is that by doing the proper exercises, strength building, and stretching I am now pain free. I've also been on hyaluronic acid and glucosamine which seems to help the arthritic condition.

How much gelatin is recommended daily? 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon?

People's Pharmacy response: Several readers recommend 1 packet = 2 1/2 teaspoons, or almost a tablespoon.

I'm making some "jello" out of Knox Gelatin for my dog, a large Golden Retriever of about 100 pounds. He has hip pain from time to time.

I used the Knox Blox recipe on the box of Knox Gelatin, but I am using chicken broth instead of fruit juice.

Here is the Knox Blox recipe with fruit juice:
4 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold fruit juice
3 cups fruit juice, heated to boiling
2 tablespoons honey or sugar, optional
Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute. Add hot juice and stir until gelatin completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in sugar or honey if desired. Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan.
Refrigerate until firm, about three hours.

Daily amount to eat would be 1/4 pan, or 6-1/2 by 4-1/2 by 2. That is a lot!

I have doubled the gelatin in the fruit juice recipe before and it worked fine. So that would by 8 packets of gelatin to 1 cup cold juice and 3 cups hot juice. And you would eat/drink 1/8th pan which is more of a normal serving.

However, it would be easy to make this by the cup and drink it before it gelled.

Sprinkle 1 packet gelatin over 1/4 cup of juice. Heat 3/4 cup juice to boiling and stir in. Drink.

As I said, I made the above recipe with chicken broth for my dog. I opened two capsules of glucosamine chondroitin and added it, too. I will probably double the gelatin next time and add 1/4 cup to his food (he eats twice a day).

Also, you may get some benefit by making stock from chicken, beef or fish carcasses/bones. The book Nourishing Traditions mentions the many health benefits of proteinaceous gelatin in meat broths. The book gives the recipes to make these stocks/broths. (As a former vegetarian, this book was eye-opening. Took me a while to come around to the NT way of thinking.)

Is there any difference in effectiveness between jello (which is *denatured* gelatin, and possibly less usable by the body) and gelatin powder in warm water?

In other words, if I eat a serving or two of unsweetened jello every day for a few weeks, will my arthritis improve? I have both rheumatoid and osteo.

I live in Australia and have bought a 100g container of Mckenzie's edible gelatine powder. I need instructions on how use it for hip pain and soft and split finger nails.

12/21/2010: Ken from Henderson, NV, Usa: "My experience.. Back around 1985 my knees had to be replaced. The cartilage had worn away, and jagged bone was scraping on bone. Best known Dr. in Boston, MA took xrays. (BRUINS & CELTICS DR. ) both I and my wife saw the xrays. Got a 2nd opinion from specialist in Lowell, MA. Same diagnosis same xrays. Looked very bad.

I COULD HARDLY WALK UP STAIRS AT all, Knees hurt so bad. No tennis, racketball, waterskiing, skating, no nothing. Bone against bone in both knees. Went home and on line found a study being done at Harvard Univ. They gave ground up chicken cartilage to patients about to get knee replacements. They reported amazing reversal of knee problems.

It took about 2 months for some pain to go away... I started taking 4 packets of KNOX GELATIN in orange juice every day. After 60 days I saw improvement starting. At six months I could climb stairs and run around with a frisbee with my kids. At one year I felt back to normal. About ten years ago I fell on my shoulder and it was xrayed in Winchester, MA. I told the doctor about my knee problem, he asked if he could xray my knees, and he did. HE POINTED OUT TO ME ALL THE WHITE CARTILEDGE IN MY KNEE JOINTS. He stated emphatically that I never had a knee problem in my knees.

I am now almost 70 and my knees are perfect. I know people who suffered with knee pain and knox gelatin made their pain go away. I still take one packet every week or two. I actually told Knox about how it effected my knees, but they weren't interested. (I know there is a lot of money made with knee surgery today. ) So basic it's hard to believe. If I can help one person I'll be very happy..... Please try it. It is practically free (the knox is so cheap at the food store). I am no doctor, but I have great knees. Also if you have used knox let me know how it worked for you. MAYBE WE CAN HELP SOME OTHERS....... KEN" I am now 71, and my knees are still perfect. many have done this world-wide

Ken, I have had that bone-on-bone grinding in my knees for years, and other joint issues which are reducing my activities in the way you describe. I am very interested in your experience! Did you use the unflavored Knox gelatin packets? When you took 4 packets in OJ every day, was it all at once? Morning? Evening? With food?
I'd like to have the best chance of success, and since you certainly were successful, I'd appreciate the specifics of how I should use the gelatin.
Thank you very much!

Hi Carmen,

Can you please tell me the brand of gelatin capsule you use for arthritis? I had been using Knox gelatin for over a month. It took about 2weeks before I noticed a huge improvement for my OA pain. The side effects, cramps,diarrhea and terrile acne, have caused me to switch over to Certo. I've been using Certo just over 4 days, but the pain is back.

Thank you!

I just started using gelatin 2 weeks ago. The Know brand is very expensive and the Bernard Jensen is $14 per pound. A 5 lb bag is available through Amazon for $35 (a much better deal,) I know it sounds like a large amount but it fits into a gallon jar which I leave on the counter. I have been putting it into smoothies and I will put some into empty gelatin capsules for when I am not at home. So far I have not felt any of the health benefits but I will use this for about 8 weeks before making any judgements. I have osteoarthritis in multiple areas of my body and I really do not want to take any prescription medications. I have also heard that gelatin is beneficial for skin, hair and nails but since have read that this is not true. Anyway I will keep using it and hopefully see results. So many people have had success, I hope I am one of them.

@Analise: try giving the gelatin about three months for an effect. I take one packet AM in half a glass of water and drink it before it gels, and one packet in the PM. A couple of years ago my canine began limping and I began giving him 1/2 packet a day of Knox gelatin and 1/2 glucosamine/chrondroitin (which I also take). It worked for both me and my canine, who now can play frisbee-catch again. Hope it works for you, but give it some time - gelatin doesn't have the quick effect of a drug.

I can recommend my morning oatmeal recipe to the gelatin list.....

1/4 c old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 c English walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbs honey

boil together in ~1 c water for 4-5 minutes. Toss in

4-5 pitted sour cherries (canned okay)
1/4 c blueberries (frozen okay)

If mixture is thick, add a bit more water (or some of the canned cherry juice). Open gelatin packet and sprinkle on top. Mix gelatin in and eat immediately.

I have been using fruit pectin and grape juice for a strained knee and have noticed improvement. To be fair, I also ice it down, elevate, and rest it. But I have much more flexibility and range.

I am 62, 6'5" so my knees have taken a lot of strain. I will switch to gelatin since it might be more effective than the fruit pectin. But... since it congeals, has anyone experienced bowel restrictions - constipation or difficult passing - with the gelatin or pectin? Can either one of these cause some bowel problems?
Good health to all.

Oh I'm sooo thankful. My hip hurts occasionally and I am so thankful to all of you for discussing this issue and hopeful solutions here!

I saw my Ortho dr, got a shot in knee joint. He was unsure about meniscus tear. Need an MRI to be sure of diag. I have a knee brace, shot so far. I have the same symptom you listed. Did you get the MRI or just go to the pt exercises? My choices if the shot doesn't work are PHY. THER.,MRI, ( if torn, arthroscopic surgery). Can you help with a more through explanation?

I put I packet of Certo into a 64oz bottle of grape juice and drink about 6oz daily. I no longer have joint or muscle, I was diagnosed with polymyositis.

I had a torn meniscus in the right knee from playing tennis as confirmed by an MRI. Doc said that I had a good bit of meniscus left so he told me to hold off on surgery. I started on hyalurnic acid (HA) which is what the body produces to lubricate the joints. Like everything else as you get older the body produces less and less and the same goes for HA.

This along with physical therapy did wonders as PT stretches the muscles (which also get tight as you get older) which when tense/tight can put a lot of pressure on the joints. After a couple of PT sessions I was pain free and continue to be so now a couple of years later.

While I don't want to take a chance playing knee stressing sports like tennis anymore I do ride my bike and use the elliptical machine and everything is just fine. I do my stretching exercises about four days a week. I take a 50mg HA capsule every day.

I tried the pectin/Certo and it didn't seem to help.

Unflavored gelatin added to a smoothie is delicious! And it works just as well as making jello. Also, some athletes have switched from whey protein to gelatin when they train because it's much cheaper than whey protein.

I boil a cup of water in a mug in the microwave, add the packet of knox, and stir to dissolve. There is no flavor. It tastes like hot water. You could add a tea bag if you want flavor.

Just was told I had to have a hip replacement at 40...not to happy....x-rays showed bone to bone and the doctor said it was arthritis and said I was to young for this condition. So I have been looking online for a few weeks your experience is motivating me to try this Knox you feel this could work....I would love to go back to him a year later for another x-ray and have it show no OA.......are you still pain free and Mobile.....Just wondering......

DPS, it is now 2 1/2 years down the road from my post above and I am still just doing my exercises to strengthen the muscles and tissue around my left hip. No hip pain still.

My Pettibon Chiropractor has me doing exercises on my Rebounder that has really done the job of strengthening the hip area. Yes, when I stand I have to give the muscles a moment before they have to support the hip and I need the wheelchair for long distances but I'm doing fine since the Mar. 2006 accident.

Holding on to my security bar, I put all my weight on one foot then shift to the other foot. I do this for 20 minutes a day. It is just a gentle motion and not a big bounce.

In the pool and spa I do other exercises to keep the hip joints open. This system has worked very well for me.

Here are the facts:

Indigenous Americans used to eat the entire animal. They had very few of the bone/tissue maladies that affect us with age:

Gelatin for all its low nutritional content has been misunderstood: It is a catalyst for nutritional absorption. When you eat it with nutritionally dense food or any food for that matter it multiplies the absorption of that food by at least a factor of 3. I don't believe the claims of X6 or 7 but 3 I believe because I have experienced it! Here is what happened to me after 20 years of regression, I am in my 50's now:

I am sleeping better, Arthritis pain and inflammation is down 75% after starting this regimen I have more energy and almost feel 30 again. YUP!

READ about the following:

Get Gelatin from Amazon both Regular plain and Hydrolyzed mix them with food smoothies etc. and within days weeks and months it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

How are you doing? In most cases if cartilage and discs are gone with bone on bone you are out of luck. You may find some relief but not substantial. At least the gelatin regimen could help delay or prevent regression in other areas. Act now and good luck

I am trying to find out where I can buy knox in australia.

Why not just take gelatin capsules? I tried Knox gelatin but can stand the taste or texture. I just recently started taking gelatin in capsules. Isn't this the same thing?

has anyone had experience using gelatins for AVN? Thanks

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