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Knox Gelatine Eased Arthritis Pain

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Arthritis pain is not an inevitable part of aging, but sometimes it may seem so. When joints ache and complain, you may not want to get into a regular habit of taking NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Or possibly you can’t, because you don’t tolerate the side effects or you take another medication that interacts badly with NSAIDs. What else can you try for relief? Have you considered Knox gelatine?

Knox Gelatine for Joint Pain:

Q. I had been suffering with aching joints for a little over 10 years. Doctors didn’t pay attention because I’m only 37. Yet I could not move well and was in constant pain.

My mom read about taking gelatin to ease joint pain. 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 a 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 unflavored gelatin a try, a little bit in a glass of water. I was skeptical but by the third night, I was able to move my toes with no pain!

It had been a decade since I’d felt this good. In about a week and a half after starting, my hands were not swollen and I was able to type, brush my hair and do other tasks I hadn’t been able to do before. To me, it is a personal miracle.

Will Knox Gelatine Help Arthritis?

A. We heard about this remedy for joint pain a couple of years ago from a reader who stirs a packet of Knox Gelatine into juice, oatmeal or yogurt every day. You can read more stories on our website,

We have not found clinical trials on the use of gelatin for arthritis pain. A recent study in rats found, however, that collagen from gelatin helped to protect cartilage in experimentally induced osteoarthritis (Isaka et al, Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, June 2017). We suspect that the effects for humans might be similar.

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Hello my mom asked me if I had heard anything about using the gelatin for a rise on your hair. does anyone know anything about this.

When u follow the instructions on the box the 1st time u us it u will have an idea of what to exspected when making ur own flavored gelatin. The gelatin has NO flavored & NO sugar.

My problem with the gelatin is that the gelatin is made from pigs’ skin.
I have seen on other articles that Certo is used. Certo appears to be made from plants and may have the same effect.
Has anyone tried the Certo for arthritis?

Yes. Many people find that Certo dissolved in grape juice is helpful for arthritis pain. Here is one link:

I take Enbrill shots. I take 1 packet Knox Gelatin in A.M. and 1 in P.M. Pain level and swelling have gone down as as a result. Heat a cup of water to boiling. Pour the gel and one packet Emergen-C for flavor. It works.

How long is this gelatin recommended for? I bought 2 containers and would like to know how much the packets contained for my own measurement. Also my mother is taking it per the advice of the caregiver and she is over 70 years old. Are there any side effects? Should it be taken for life?

I just read all the comments said about using gelatin for joint pain which I do have in my knee and hip.Also, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and sciatic pain .I am definitely going to try this! And hopefully this will help! Thank you for sharing your comments!

I am super anxious to hear how those of you who recently tried this are now feeling? I do have a question about the mixture… is it important to let it sit overnight or can I just mix and drink.. and get the same effects??

I just started my 1st dose. I intend to do 2x a day 1/2 packet am & pm in a cup of tea. I’m having severe pain in my fingers. Have osteoarthritis & Osteoporosis so I’m hoping this works. I will update in a few week…

Sir please tell me. Will it work on rheumatisum?

I mix a packet of Knox with approx. 1/3 cup of natural fruit juice or the brand “Vitamin Water” , it turns into a jell that I eat with a spoon.

I use this remedy, and it works.

At night mix 2 tablespoon of gelatin (unflavored, I prefer) with 1/4 cup of water. Leave it till the next day, and in the morning mix it with water, juice or yogurt (whatever you prefer) before you eat anything.

Do this for 7 days, then repeat after one month and then after 6 months.

I was taking an envelope of knox gelatin a day for about a week for knee osteoarthritis. All of a sudden, I developed diarrhea, which I never had. I stopped gelatin and diarrhea ended. Can I restart use with smaller dosage?

Hi Betsy….Thanks much for the tid bit…Will try on our oatmeal in the am…Merci..Bill

What is the recipe for consuming this gelatin?

What is the difference with regular flavored jello

There is no difference except the sugar. I prefer it without sugar

The difference between flavored jello and unflavored is that it contains sugar. We just read, we are as a country are eating way too much sugar. I put it in my hot oatmeal which I eat with no added sugar and some fruit on top. You will never know you have added it.

I really don’t like when the gelatin makes little globs so I found a really good way to fix this. I take my Knox in tea, instead of pouring hot water over the dry powder I put the dry powder in first. Then I put a tablespoon of honey over it and mix the powder with the honey really well, then pour in the hot water, steep the teabag then stir. No more globs!

I don’t care for drinking gelatin. Someone told me that Knox gelatin comes in pill form. I can’t find on the Internet. Are there any pills that are inexpensive like the Knox gelatin found in grocery stores?

Have you tried stirring the powder into your food? Or possibly making gelatin and eating it? We have not seen the pills.

I am suffering from swear neck and shoulder pain , I am told I have Osterarthritis. I want to find out I should try Knox gelatin or certo with apple juice what will be the best choice for me . I am 74 years old and taking heart and blood pressure medicine. Please advice how much Knox gelatin I should use and how.


I have a problem of hair loss will gelatin helps me to get rid of from this heavy hair loss?

About 18 years ago I began taking gelatin by making the party jello blocks. After 2 months my knee pain was gone. Since then I have been adding one pack of unflavored gelatin to my coffee in the morning. I’m an avid tennis player and my knees have been fine ever since. I’m 66 years old. I tell everyone that I know who has arthritis about my experience.

Hi the only gelatin I can get is the regular unsweetened type which does nod disolve in cold water ..I would like to take it for my joint pain ..I put it overnight in cool water and left it out overnight in the morning it was soft grains and a bit mushy ..will this be ok take on empty stomach …please could you help me to know how I should take type of gelatin …thanks so much

warm tea or juice 1/2 pack twice a day it really works.

Please tell me if the gelatin you are referring here is the same as the common gelatin powder found in the supermarket for making sweets. Thank you

Knox gelatin that you would thicken anything you cook with, or make jello with, orange and white box. I think it has 4 packets in it.

How much gelatine shoud be taken for arthritic and joint pain . The box of Knox has 4 packets (7 grams each).Its for my mom and she is 75 years old.

Unflavored gelatin does help with joint pain. However, what really works is Trader Joe’s Red or Green Drink after a strenuous workout along with a 325 mg aspirin and a 595 Potassium Gluconate caplet. This works wonders for joint pain and any discomfort following exercise. For long walkers and marathoners, I recommend drinking water and the Trader Joe’s drink before exercising.

Did you ever get a response to your question? The comments do not address “how much”, only the person who said she takes 2 packets in the morning. I’d like more information on dosage.

A friend of my just had a total knee replacement…and is taking the 325mg of aspirin as a blood thinner… so just be careful if you take that much aspirin….

My friend gave me a writeup on Knox gelatin for arthritis when I saw it I knew it was a blessing from God ,I’ve had so many injections and pain pills for years and still was having pain so when I read this article I knew it was for me to try 2 days after taking it I felt better after 6 days I had no pain , praise God for Knox gelatin

Don’t know how old this is. But, gelatin is a natural common product. Everyone is different. Since this will be a daily, added item to your diet try only 2 teaspoons twice a day then increase as needed. Some people tend to get stomach issues if added too soon. I hope this helps

I have been using the gelatin for only 12 days and no, well very little, pain in my knee. I haven’t felt this little pain for years, since it was injured in a fall about 6 years ago. I feel so blessed to have run across this. Thank you so much. Bobbi Anne

Heard it works, so will give it a try.

I toook Knox every day on an empty stomach for a month. After the seventh day I had not pain in my joints. It really worked for me.


My name is Chryssoula, I live in Canada.

How much should I take per day?

Thanks a lot.

Glad to hear that on the 7th day your issue disappeared. As your post was in jun2015, can you help us know if the pain has returned any time this year?

I read this post in March when I was suffering quite a bit with hip pain. I’m 43 and have severe OA in both hips (long story). I got a cortisol shot in my left hip 2 years ago and everything quieted down, and was fine till this winter when my other hip really started acting up.

Facing surgery I decide it was a good time to start walking, running, and strength exercise so I had a quicker recovery. One day while walking my hip just kept “locking” and was in lots of pain ready to find something new and found this.

First day first packet I noticed a difference, so I started taking (after talking with my doctor) 3 times daily. My God, what a difference. I can honestly say this works, and you ask how do I know, because I was trying to simply things and take all 3 packets in the morning, and well my hip didn’t like that. Hip pain at night was starting to keep me awake again, so went back to drinking morning, afternoon, and evening. Night pain stopped immediately.

If you are suffering from joint pain I would give this a shot and see if it works for you; it can’t hurt you!

I found that black gelatine works best. It is hard to find it in your local supermarket but if you see it, get it.

I was really skeptical when I was told to start taking Knox gelatin for arthritis pain. But, I am a believer now! It really does work! Since it’s unflavored I mix a packet in my morning coffee. I can definitely tell a difference! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am a 62 yo nurse with arthritic knees working 8 hour shifts… Have old soccer injury too… Started taking two packets Knox gelatin a day in the Fall and have almost no knee pain any more!!!! My joints seem less slippery, less swollen…
I also take Vit D and glucosamine and calcium with magnesium … I feel like I am able to exercise more without risking injury… Really looking forward to more outdoor activity!!!! Thank you Knox gelatin!!!!!! So glad to hear others are successful too!!!! Thank you for your wonderful show!!!! I have passed on info to patients and friends when I can and referred them to your website!!!! Thanks so much again!!!!!

Knox gelatin has been around for 200 years or more. It is ground up beef bone marrow. It will not hurt you or conflict with any medicine. You could suck the bone marrow out of a chicken bone and it will do the same thing.

Hi John, do you have the link showing the radio tagged gelatin?
I was knocked off my bike and tore meniscus and articular knee cartilage. I’ve been consuming gelatin 6 months now and would just like do some more home-work regarding the benefits of gelatin.

interesting info on pubmed regarding radio tagged gelatin taken orally. it does accumulate in the tissue at the joint surfaces. So somehow the oral gelatin is finding its way into to the tissue that is on the surface of the bad joints… next question is what signalling systems does it affect in that area to improve the joint pain —? not sure yet. it would be nice if it caused chondrogenesis in the affected joint, and that may end up proving to be the case. time and more study will tell.

Does the knox gelatin have any effect on a daily 81mg. aspirn blood thinner? I would like to try it for the stiffness in my knees. Does it also have an effect on your stomach like the glucosomine and chrotin does?

I have read on other sites to consume 3 teaspoons of gelatin broken up throughout the day which is the equivalent of 1 tablespoon or 1 Knox packet. Hope this helps.

Will this work if you’ve made the gelatin into jello?

I would like to know how to mix the Certo-liquid jell fruit pectin with grape juice.
Is it o.k with 1 tsp of Certo in 1 cup of juice ? 1 serving per day or more ? How long it will start to work ?

I would like to know how much Gelatine to use on a daily basis, should I use it every day and also like to know to use it in water, juice, or in food
Tank You
People’s Pharmacy response: One packet of unflavored gelatin daily. That is two tablespoons in water, juice, yogurt, oatmeal or other soft food.

How much Gelatin should I take on daily basis – full pack or what? Thanks!!

I’m very interested in trying this remedy, but how much gelatin does one use? a little bit in a glass of water 3x a day? or a packet? I’d really appreciate an answer

How much, in how much water?

You may also want to try pectin (Certo -liquid fruit pectin) I envelope into a 64 oz bottle of Grape Juice. Take 6-8 oz day or more at first is needed. It will take a couple of weeks to kick in, but if you have been taking the gelatin, it will probably not take take long.
This does work. My sister with 2 same hip replacement still had arthritic pain and I got her to start.
My friend had had hip replaced and still had arthritic pain, started stopped and started again, and also had same thing recommended by the DR. column in her newspaper.
Me, I am developing the on coming hip problems and I started and it works.. stop and you will feel the difference.
I had a radio review with Joe & Terry.. this does work..
My friend said in her paper you can take 2 or 3 times a day to get started and you won’t need but once after that.
Good Luck.

This works and take it 3 times per day for one month then once a week. You will feel so much better. Thank you Jesus for the People’s Pharmacy and NPR.

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