Hi everyone. I have finally made it back to the blog after a few days. Our OFL Doreen has just posted some info we can all use about gelatin- plain old Knox gelatin. I'm so glad for this reminder, as I had experience with it years ago when my father was on chemotherapy. He got gelatin sprinkled on everything I cooked for him and never knew it. But it helped amazingly with restoring his strength and decreasing his pain!
Doreen has also given us two links to Dana Carpenter's comments on gelatin. I just read them and they have convinced me to buy gelatin today and get on a regimen of it. If you haven't read Dana's blog, it is worth the read! She is a low carb guru and cookbook author.
So, thanks Doreen for the info!
Gelatin and Joint Pain
Joint pain is caused by injury or diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Joint pain can make even the simplest tasks difficult and painful. There are just as many treatments as there are cures for joint pain. One such treatment includes gelatin.
Gelatin has a structure similar to collagen that makes up connective tissues in the body, including cartilage. Cartilage helps the muscles and joints move freely and smoothly. When cartilage becomes damaged and rough, pain follows.
Arthritis and wear and tear on the joints and muscles can damage and break down cartilage and cause pain. Gelatin may help prevent the breakdown, and repair the damage in joints.
Gelatin supplements can help alleviate joint pain, muscle soreness and stiffness in athletes. A study done by Ball State University's Human Performance Laboratory showed gelatin reduced pain and helped promote healthy joints.
Gelatin's high concentration of glycoprotein and proline amino acids make it a great protector for the body's bones. A deficiency in both these amino acids can cause joint pain.
•Gelatin appears to be beneficial to athletes for muscle growth and metabolism.
•Gelatin promotes a feeling of fullness.
•Gelatin helps maintain regularity
•Gelatin's high collagen protein content helps keep your skin smooth and firm. Many creams contain collagen to moisturize the skin but it is more effective when taken through food.
•Gelatin strengthens the hair, keeping it looking shiny and healthy.
•Gelatin is also excellent for the nails because it makes them stronger, so they do not break easily.
•Gelatin is excellent for your bones because of its high concentration of glycoprotein and proline amino acids. If you have a deficiency in both amino acids, you can have joint pain. When it is taken orally, it travels directly to your blood and from there; it goes to its destination, the connective tissue. By adding at least 10 grams of gelatin to your regular diet, your joints will quickly regenerate in case you overexert yourself.
Nutrient in Gelatin: Gelatin is rich in the amino acids found in collagen, including L-proline, L-hydroxyproline, and glycine. It contains no fat, cholesterol or carbohydrates, is free of any additives and easy to digest. Gelatin makes a nutritious addition to your everyday diet.
Culinary uses: Gelatin is used mostly as a stabilizer and thickening agent in desserts, ice cream, jellies and yogurt, cream cheese, marshmallows, gummy bears, aspic and margarine. Gelatin is also used now in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
Important note: Don't pour gelatin directly onto a boiling liquid, as it loses its gelatinous property.
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I'll keep you posted on how I do on it.