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Gelatin Dissolved in Cherry Juice Combines Two Remedies for Knee Pain

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Q. I am 55 years old and suffer from arthritis in my knees. One day I decided to try some unflavored gelatin with tart cherry juice because my nails were not growing as well as they used to, and gelatin is said to help with that. Tart cherry juice is supposed to be a good anti-inflammatory.

Much to my surprise, the pain in my knees subsided substantially within a week! I had tried OTC pain relievers before to no avail.

I now swear by this gelatin mixture I drink every morning. I find that if I miss my morning concoction, I feel pain before that day ends. Drinking it helps me so much that I go to the gym more often and have much relief from both the gelatin and the exercise. (My nails are no better, though.)

A. We love your story! Anything that helps people exercise is worth a try.

Many readers report that tart cherry juice can help alleviate the discomfort of gout or arthritis. Others tell us that unflavored gelatin helps ease sore joints. You are the first we have heard from who has combined the two remedies.

We are sending you our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis, with details on these and other home remedies for joint pain. 

As for the nails, we have heard from some people that MSM supplements may be helpful. We haven't seen studies, but it might be worth a try. MSM is also reputed to help ease arthritic joints. 

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I would love to have the "recipe" for that!

Sounds like a winning combination - just curious - how much cherry juice, how much gelatin? Any particular brand of gelatin - is it possible to find it in bulk?
Thank you!

going to try that! I too have arthur in my knees! was taking TCJ but got away from it, so now back! thanks for the reminder! and adding some gelatin I have (plain) can't hurt too!

Are you using "all natural" products and preparing it yourself, or off the shelf cherry and gelatin, can you give us more details?

I read your article about the cherry juice and gelatin helping knee pain and help for nails. What is the recipe for this concoction?

I love tart cherry juice for arthritis pain. Too bad it is really too expensive for many, many sufferers to use every day, even if they can find it. Nine dollars a bottle and a bottle lasts 2-3 days at most.

Yes both are good effective Integrated home remedies but one caution.
Know where your Tart Cherry Juice comes from, Wash State and Mich are key sources and both also have Melatonin a hormone for sleep aid. Mich State Montmorence Tart Cherry is preference, some buy a concentrate and take about 2T after evening meal and some buy a dried version to chew. Taking mid day might leave you handicapped, because of the sleep effect. I speak from experience, aids both my knees and I sleep like a baby, even with pleasant dreams.

I would love to know the recipe this person used when mixing the tart cherry juice with unflavored gelatin. Thank you

how much and how to make. This sounds great! I just started using a Nutribullet and do a night blast for sleep: 1/4 cup raw oats, 1/2 cup or more of tart cherry juice, 2 Tbsp mixed nuts (pumpkin seeds/almonds/cashews), 1/2 frozen banana slices, 1/2 cup Decaf Brewed Green Tea. It seems to work and tastes great. I know this isn't exactly related, but my joints don't seem to hurt as much. Blasting in DC!!!

Does black cherry juice have the same effect as tart cherry juice?

Nails: 5,000 mcg of biotin daily made mine faster-growing, stronger and smoother after only a few weeks. I'll continue this regimen indefinitely.

I too would like to know the mixing proportions of tart cherry juice and unflavored gelatin. I have tried the gin and white raisins without much success.

thank you

read the article in the paper but what are the amounts? I tried one packet of gelatine and about five ounces of cherry juice (unsweetened). Hope that works. I did not see tart cherry juice on the shelf.

don't think so.

Have seen a white grape juice and gelatin concoction, but would really like to know the amounts of the cherry juice, etc. to try this one. Thanks!

I've been doing 3 oz per day, now mixed with beef gelatin (plain).

My own personal recipe is 3 oz tart cherry juice by Knudsens and 1 tsp plain beef gelatin.
Since neither can hurt you if you change the amounts much, do what is good for you! I'll know in a week if it is helping, I started 2 days ago. Since I want to get a jump start I drink 3 other oz of the tart cherry juice twice a day. Gelatin is once however altho more isn't bad.
good luck!

just answered that above.

What is MSM that was recommended for improving nail growth/breakage? And is biotin available under that name in drug/health stores?

I have been taking MSM powder for ten years after my knees started giving me a lot of trouble walking stiffness and pain. A fellow hiker told me this was a good cure, and I haven't had any knee problems since I started taking it. It has done nothing for my nails though. I take 1/4 t with juice or water. Some brands are better than others so you have to try them out.

Is there a way to get the 'mix' on this. Have tried Very Cherre from Old Orchard brand; 100% tart juice, no sugar added and antioxidant rating significantly above pomegranate and concord grape with good effect for sleep aid. This would seem a decent mix for wife's recent joint paint, so a little more info on the mix would be helpful. thx, jc

People's Pharmacy response: The first person who wrote us did not give the recipe, but we would imagine it is one packet of unflavored gelatin in 6 or 8 ounces of juice. Try it and let us know if that seems helpful.

I would love to have the recipe. I have been told I need a knee replacement & I am only 51.

Would you please send recipe? Thanks so much.

My wife and I bought a quart of tart cherry juice(R.W.Knudsen) and a package of gelatin. Both of us will try the conservative approach of 3oz and 1 tsp.

It is great that people share their ideas and successful remedies but it would certainly be helpful if they would also give the recipe or the amounts of whatever it is they are suggesting. How can one forget the most important part of the remedy?

Would Love the recipe for Cherry Juice and gelatin Please

Same as most of the above comments. Need the recipe/proportions. I'm going to try 6-8 tart cherry juice and one packet of gelatin (or see if the 3 oz./1 tsp. is the equivalent). Would love to get rid of the arthritic pain.

No mention as to how much gelatin and cherry juice. Would love to try but need amounts.
Thank you.

!What are the measurement of tart cheery juice & gelatine for relief of pains?

Why isn't the question of measurements for cherry juice and gelatin answered? Do we really need to buy your book for answers??

ACMags - no need to be disparaging. The info about tart cherry juice and gelatin was submitted by a reader, and People's Pharmacy quite clearly states above that they don't know the precise amounts. They do, however, offer a recommendation, and if you read the responses above you'll find it.

I am dying to try this glycerin and tart cherry remedy for knee pain -- but how much of each? Please share the "recipe" for this remedy!

Like others I would like to know the recipe for the tart cherry juice mixed w/gelatin.

I would like the recipe for the unflavored gelatin mixed with tart cherry juice. Thank you.

This is a follow-up to my 9Feb. post and request from PP's for results. My wife mixed two oz. of Very Cherre Old Orchard brand tart cherry juice w/half a pkt. of Knox unflavored Gelatine, stirred, not heated and drank that mix, twice daily from 9Feb. to this date. She has had a positive result from this mix in the last 18 days; reduced from 'some' to 'no' joint pain from surgery in May '13, to repair two broken knee caps.

In fairness, time/healing could have been the predominant factor(s), but she believes that the tart cherry juice/gelatine mix has been a positive factor in relieving pain. jc

what is the recipe for tart cheery juice and gelatin. my nails are bad from statins, would this help?

I would like the recipe for the gelatin and cherry juice mixture.

How much cherry juice and gelatin is needed?

Trader Joe's has the tart cherry juice at a very affordable price...and it's the real thing!

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