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Using Gelatin to Fight Hip Pain

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Q. My husband has a lot of hip pain. The remedy we read in your column using gelatin sounds very helpful.

He would like to try it, but we need more information on how to use it. I assume we use plain gelatin but do you let it set or just drink it after it has been mixed with water?

A. We asked the reader who sent his testimonial to offer more details. He uses Knox Unflavored Gelatine. Usually he stirs a packet of powder into the yogurt he eats for breakfast. It could also be mixed into juice, though it takes a bit of stirring to get it dissolved.

He goes on: "You can mix it into tea or coffee and it dissolves well but it gives the drink a slimy texture. Hot oatmeal or any hot cereal is a very good choice because it dissolves well and the texture issue is irrelevant. I've also mixed it into soup."

He says the benefits still hold, but if his hip starts to act up he doubles the dose for a few days. Like any home remedy, there are no studies and no guarantees.

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I would be concerned about the age of this writer's husband, and why a doctor visit would not be helpful in order to determine the possible need for a hip replacement.

As a 69 year old male I suffered from severe hip pain for about a year. After lithotripsy to remove a previously undiagnosed kidney stone, I have had no more hip pain. A friend of mine had hip replacement surgery but his hip pain did not subside until a kidney stone was removed.

A former coworker of mine had a hip replacement, but some nerves were damaged in manipulating the muscles to get the device implanted. The hip pain went away but he suffered unexplained burning on the bottom of the foot after the procedure. The doctor was experienced, so it appears to be an unfortunate outcome and not lack of skill.

The co worker ended up on disability, but would have probably ended up that way with out the procedure also. Patients have a tough decision to make when it comes this procedure, and all other methods to remove pain should be tried first. The gelatin has no known unfortunate outcomes and is much less invasive if it works.

But life has its quirks and turns. One could be injured driving to the hospital for the procedure or to the grocery store to purchase gelatin so just living sometimes has unfortunate outcomes.

Does it make a difference if you use Knox Gelatin or "Jello" flavored jello? 4/17/2011


I read the first article re gelatin and tried it. It has worked well for me and my aging best-buddy canine - we both had joint pain, joint problems and were beginning to limp slightly. I make a variety of Knox gelatin-natural fruit smoothies for myself and mix it plain into my dog's food daily. It works. I also take glucosamine-chrondroitin/MSM (and give one-a-day to my four-footed fellow) and eat "gin-raisins".

I had had an appointment with a local orthopedist who recommended I consider something called Synvisc. I postponed any decision and a few days afterward I read the People's Pharmacy article and decided to give it a try and some time to see if I could avoid the Synvisc knee injections - which can have serious negative side-effects.

It has been a couple of months since I began using it and both my buddy and I have had remarkable success with the gelatin and I now annoy and irritate friends by repeating to them the results.

To K.B.: be adventurous with the UNFLAVORED gelatin and try calling the Knox advice telephone number on the package and ask for their recipes. They will be happy to send them. I would suggest you use the net to check-out aspartame before you use the sugar-free/aspartame national brand.


The difference is that Jello has food coloring and a ton of sugar which makes your blood acidic (not helpful in arthritis) and nutrition researchers say blood needs to be alkaline and takes calcium from wherever it is readily available to make it alkaline to
survive, it can therefore affect bones, teeth, nails, etc who have it. Gelatine is
available at health stores by the pound or in stores as Knox.

I am planning to try the Knox Gelatine. How much is recommended?


Yes, I too would like to know what amounts are used?


I have taken it by mixing it into cranberry or orange juice and water. I put a little juice in a glass, add cold water, add packet of Knox stir with a fork or whisk. Drink right away.

Does it make any difference whether you take the gelatin in the morning or evening or bedtime for best results?

I read about using plain gelatin with juice. The article quoting a woman who's husband had arthritis and was using it with pineapple juice. I'm trying this but wondered if one can use any juice or just the pineapple.

I use just a heaping teaspoonful in a glass of juice per day. The envelope on the gelatine package recommends this.
I think my thumbs are a bit better but only have been doing this for about 3 weeks. Should a person use a whole package a day?, or do as I have been doing. Will appreciate an answer.

thank you


I have been using Knox gelatin for about 6 weeks and had to increase from 1/2 package per day to 2 packs
per day to get relief, but I am about 99% pain free now.

I have been treated by several Doctors for multiple knee and back injuries and have recently undergone synvisc shots which only gave me relief for about 6 months, after receiving numerous cortisone shots.
I used to only be able to stand or walk or exercise for a short while, and now I have a lot more endurance.

I usually enjoy one package of gelatin in each of my 2 cups of coffee in the morning and sometimes have one more in the afternoon or evening. It claims to be cholesterol free and low in sugar and calories.

Does this have bowel-moving properties like Metamucil?

People's Pharmacy response: Some people may react in that way, but it is not a widely noted side effect.

If Knox Gelatin is used by so meany people why doesn't it come in a larger package?

Recently diagnosed with OA, a friend recommended Knox. I noticed that when I take a packet, I get some discomfort (pinching pain/stiffness) at the joint area. Could this mean that the joint is trying to replace the cartilage or should I discontinue use of Knox?

Another friend said "no pain, no gain" and stated that I should continue.

People's Pharmacy response: We are not familiar with joint pain from taking gelatin and would suggest that if it isn't helping it shouldn't be continued.

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