One of the most-debilitating health ailments as you grow older is joint pain.
It’s a daily battle that impedes every area of your life. One that can be downright miserable, even on a good day.
Pharmaceutical pain relievers (opiates, Tylenol, etc.) are the go-to solution for many sufferers. But these only mask joint pain and act like a Band-Aid for your body.
NSAID medications like ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory, yes. But they also come with possible side effects like liver damage, increased risk of heart failure, and even a greater risk of death. (When used longer term.)
True joint health and pain relief must come with a net positive benefit to the body.
A healthy diet filled with anti-inflammatory foods (green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, tomatoes, fruits and olive oil) … and low in inflammatory foods (sugar, refined flour, fried foods, artificial additives, saturated fats, alcohol) … is the first step.
Keeping your body active with exercise, flexibility practice and mobility practice is also important.
But sometimes, supplements offer the only way to truly get you from just getting by … to pain-free and thriving.
For my top three joint supplements, check out this in-depth article I wrote last year.
These supplements can provide relief and healing by reducing inflammation at a faster pace. And that’s usually the main goal of joint supplements.
However, I want to share with you another natural way to cure your aches and pains.
Instead of targeting inflammation, this remedy focuses on re-growing the collagen in your joints.
Collagen is the main component of connective tissue, and the most-abundant protein in mammals.
Our bodies are made up of 30% collagen … of which 70% of these proteins are connective tissue made of collagen.
Very few joint supplements or synthetic pain relievers can actually boost the production of collagen in the body. This means they can’t repair damaged tendons and ligaments.
That makes this unique approach a novel option you’ve probably never heard of before …
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released a new paper that I found intriguing. It shows that consuming collagen gelatin powder, along with vitamin C, could significantly induce collagen resynthesis.
Meaning, it forces your body to create new collagen and improve the quality of your joints.
This is something once thought to be impossible.
In its most-natural form, you can consume collagen by eating foods like bone broth, bone marrow and the meat around the bones of different animals and fish.
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But from your diet alone, it’s very difficult to get the amount of collagen used in this study, which was 15 grams.
The next-best option is to use collagen powders.
Alone, these powders are effective and provide some of the following health benefits:
Promote youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
Help keep bones healthy and strong
Support joint health
Contribute to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight
Support healthy inflammation response
High in natural glycine that improves sleep quality
But as the researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found, collagen powder — when taken with 200 milligrams of vitamin C — is absorbed more efficiently in your body.
This creates an even-greater boost in collagen production.
One marker in the study showed a 100% increase in collagen synthesis from this combination!
The study used a vitamin C supplement. So, we don’t know if you’d see the same results simply from eating foods (citrus, papaya, mango, melon, pineapple, kiwi) that are high in vitamin C.
That’s not to say it couldn’t, but the data isn’t there to prove it.
When it comes to buying collagen or gelatin powders, some of my favorite brands are Great Lakes, Vital Proteins and Bulletproof.
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. They all mix easily in water and are pretty much tasteless.
Taking two tablespoons a day, along with 200 mg of vitamin C at the same time, could be just what your aching joints need.
I would love to know if you’re already taking a collagen powder and your experience with it. Leave us your story in the comment section below.
Also, if you’re thinking of now starting, please let us know as well.
Happy and healthy investing,
Shaw, Gregory, et al. “Vitamin C-enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2016): ajcn138594.