Secret Substance That Can Improve Joint Pain


Today we get to hear from Tracie Hittman, my nutritionist.  I have now been taking gelatin consistently for a couple weeks.  It is still early to tell if I feel different, but I love the fact that it is so high in anti-inflammatory proteins!  If you like this article be sure to check out some of Tracie’s past articles.

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Gelatin – A Powerful Healing Tool

America as a nation seems to be under extra stress right now. Increased stress hormones can lead to inflammation. These stress hormones are called adrenaline and cortisol. In order to have low inflammation and good health we need to keep these hormones under wrap! Lowering inflammation is also extremely important because most disease states are related to inflammation inside of the body. Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from injury, infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. It often causes pain, redness, heat, and swelling in the affected area. Inflammation can be short term, like a sprained ankle, or chronic, like arthritis. Some signs or symptoms of inflammation in the body are:

  • Redness
  • Swollen joint that is warm to touch
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of joint function
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Obesity
  • Any health condition that ends in “itis” (colitis, arthritis, bursitis)

gelatin2Besides stress, the foods that you choose to consume can also increase inflammation. One of the biggest issues with the American diet is that we do not eat the whole animal and primarily consume muscle meat. In common terms, the muscle meats are the breast, fillets, chops, steaks, roasts, stew meat and ground meats.

This practice of only eating muscle meat creates an imbalance in our amino acid intake. We are missing gelatin, which used to be found in traditional bone broths, and is known to be very high in anti-inflammatory amino acids such as glycine and proline. Making bone broths (click here to find out how to make own on gelatin bone broth) or adding gelatin to your diet can reduce inflammation and even help joint recovery after workouts.

There are 2 Different Types

There are 2 different types of gelatin: hydrolyzed and non-hydrolyzed.  Hydrolyzed gelatin will dissolve instantly in any liquid, where non-hydrolyzed gelatin needs hot water added to dissolve completely.  If you want to have a quick pre-work out snack, you can add hydrolyzed gelatin to some pure fruit juice. Non-hydrolyzed gelatin can be used to make healthy gelatin similar to Jell-o.  Knox gelatin does not contain the same nutritional value as the brands recommended.

gelatinMake Your Own Healthy Gelatin

Click here for a recipe on how to make your own Healthy Gelatin Recipe.

How Much Should I Take?

Another benefit of gelatin is that it contains 6 grams of protein per tablespoon. This is a great way to increase your daily protein intake, as well as to add anti-inflammatory amino acids to your diet. I recommend starting off with base intake of 2 T per day mixed in any liquid (broth, small amount of pure fruit juice) or soft food (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.).

Have fun experimenting with the many ways that you can add gelatin into your diet to reduce inflammation.


To purchase Joint Care Gelatin (hydrolyzed gelatin) from Gelatin Innovations call 1-847-678-4708 and tell Shelia that Tracie Hittman sent you or purchase it locally from Core Athletic.  You can purchase Great Lakes Gelatin (non-hydrolyzed) from Core Athletic, Woodman’s grocery stores or direct by calling 847-223-8141.

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  1. I really liked this blog. I have been curious about the use and benefits of using coconut oil. Thanks for the great information.

  2. I plan on starting to incorporate gelatin into my diet. It is certainly an easy way to get added protein (which is so important for building and maintaining all the muscle we are working on in Bootcamp/MamaTone/Fit Moms etc) I also have bad knees and hope it will help remedy some of that discomfort.

    I like the idea of the hydrolized gelatin since you can use it in any liquid. Tracie told me that some people put the non-hydrolized gelatin in tea or coffee even but I am not a hot drink person. Not sure how much the Great Lakes gelatin from Woodman’s is – I could not find it the last time I was there. Ordering from Gelatin Innovations seems like the way to go. I believe it is $60 for 5lbs … If you dont want to buy that much to start, I saw Core Fitness sells 1 lb jars for $15+tax.

    Oh and I would definitely recommend Tracie’s Nutrition 101 seminar as well. Very informative and eye opening.
    Thanks for the post Dustin – hope you’re enjoying the Olympics


  3. I use the non-hydrolyzed gelatin when I make soup with store bought broth since it doesn’t have the gelatin content like homemade broth does. I also put gelatin in my morning tea. Thanks to Maleah, I finally found a tea I like.

  4. Dustin,

    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now. You are doing an awesome job and have inspired me to get more articles posted on my blog and have given me some great ideas (like the sugar video)!! I hope to meet you at FBS this year if you make it.


  5. The Great Lakes Gelatin is in the health food section at Woodman’s by the oils and flours. At the East side location, that’s the last isle before the frozen foods. I think it was between $10 and $15, not sure though.

  6. Gelatin–hmmm, is there a vegetarian version that would be beneficial?

  7. find a plant that has bones and you’re set VK!

  8. I second the request to learn if there is a vegetarian option that would be beneficial.

  9. hi all…geez…I took gelatin until I left my family’s home in the late 60’s and then…stopped. hydrolyzed or UN hydrolyzed better? I also cannot find the link to the article? thanks!!!

  10. I am sorry that there are not any vegetarian versions of gelatin available or any other food source that are comparable in high amounts of proline and glycine.

  11. LynnAnn,

    Non-hydrolyzed is a less processed but it does gel and needs a hot liquid to dissolve. Hydrolyzed is easier to use and more convenient.

  12. Rebecca Livick says

    I’ve been taking gelatin capsules for years and years now. I buy it in the vitamin and supplement aisle. It dramatically helps with joint pain! It’s super inexpensive, too. And boy, do I feel it when I run out and forget to buy more (or procrastinate buying more)!

    I don’t know if it’s the MOST effective form of gelatin, but for the price and convenience, it’s the one for me.

    That said, I’m now going shopping to look for the hydrolized gelatin that I can add to my healthy snacks and soups!!

    Thanks again for some great information!


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