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.