3 Supplements for Chronic Joint Pain You May Not Be Using (Yet)

Gelatin for joint pain? Gelatin for joint pain? Whether you're an athlete or trying to get into shape, chronic, long-term joint pain stands in the way of thousands of people. This isn't pain from injury that resolves with rest, ice and elevation. Truly chronic joint pain is typically caused by different forms of arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Unfortunately, this conditions strike as many of us are still trying to enjoy the active lifestyle. The ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories only go so far, and while cortisone shots and prednisone feel great initially, they aren't long-term solutions. Here are some of the latest supplements to try in the battle against joint pain.... 1) Hydrolyzed gelatin. Back in the 1970's, Knox sold a powdered, orange-flavored form of its gelatin as a drink to help grow long, strong, beautiful nails. They may have been on to something: hydrolyzed gelatin contains proline and glycine, two amino acids that prevent deterioration of bones and cartilage. Gelatin is the most efficient way to get these aminos - it would take a whopping 89 grams of beef to get the aminos in ten grams of hydrolyzed gelatin. Knox gelatin is still sold today, and joint pain sufferers might try an envelope a day dissolved in juice once per day. CAUTION: hydrolyzed gelatin is an animal product, so if you're a committed vegan, this is not the solution for you. 2) Fish and/or flax oil. Both of these contain Omenga-3 fatty acids, which are natural anti-inflammatories. Since chronic joint pain is generally the inflammation of something in your joints that shouldn't be inflamed, long-term incorporation of these oils into your diet may help. 3) Glucosamine with chondroitin. Taken together, these are still considered to be excellent sources of cartilage protection. Once only sold in a form derivated from shellfish, there are now vegan forms of glucosamine on the market