Collagen, Vitamin C Combo Can Provide Natural Joint Pain Relief

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,

Brad

Reference:
Shaw, Gregory, et al. “Vitamin C-enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2016): ajcn138594.

Your thoughts on “Collagen, Vitamin C Combo Can Provide Natural Joint Pain Relief”

  1. Chondroblasts are the cells that make collagen for joints. They are highly active during youth, then sort of become inactive as we get older. They “live” inside the cartilage matrix they secrete. It is my understanding that new chondroblasts are formed in the bone marrow where they differentiate from stem cells. It is commonly known that cartilage does not have a direct, external blood supply, which is one reason why its healing and regenerating properties are poor. But theoretically, new chondroblasts in the bone marrow of the epiphysis (ends of long bones) can make it to the cartilage through tiny capillaries in the bone, and start secreting new cartilage. How to stimulate the body to cause them to do this, I believe, is the key to “growing back” new cartilage.

  2. The posts here all seem to suggest that when your joints begin to wear out there are methods of reversing the damage. Would that reversal be compared to “reverse ageing”? Are you simply ‘gunking up the joint or are you actually regrowing the joint according to the correct DNA design? If the joint rebuilds correctly it doesn’t seem that telemeres are involved or that there was some fantastic reversal in your DNA. If it is the actual correct regrowing of a joint, are there other parts of the body that could benefit the same way if there were the proper supplements? Could we really do a better job of ongoing maintenance? Is there a key to cell failure in the first place? Of course I could just be teasing but the questions seem fair.

  3. regarding the cheap route (Knox gelatin) – it should work (as would unsweetened Jello powder) – but because of the additional processing to make gelatin from collagen it will only mix in HOT water.

  4. Two time Noble prize winner Linus Pauling says that every chronic disease is the ressult of a mineral deficiency. Taking a multi mineral supplement works wonders. I use a Fulvic Mineral complex from Vital Earth Minerals. I know people who use other mineral formulas with the same results.

  5. Hi Brad,

    An interesting article, however; the referenced study didn’t appear to be as conclusive as your article seems to imply. Also, an article pertaining to this issue at https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/collagen-an-implausible-supplement-for-joint-pain/ doesn’t appear to support the conclusion that joints may be repaired and that supplemental collagen actually creates new collagen used to regrow existing collagen in the joints. We’re going to try it anyway to see what it does for our skin and nails and if it helps with our joints in any way–we’ll be true believers!

  6. I also read about a over the counter capsule sold at Walgreen’s to keep this tissue growing from the maker ,but it is not “FDA” approved ,so I did not write the name down.

  7. Two or three years ago I read about Great Lakes gelatin/collagen hydrolysate for all the reasons you mentioned, skin, joints, nails etc. Have been taking it every day at breakfast.
    In an 8 oz glass I mix 2 tablespoons of the powder with a tablespoon of vinegar (digestion) and fill it up with orange juice (the 50% less sugar kind). I tried the cheap route, Knox gelatin, but you’ll say a few choice words trying to mix that, no assimilation, just a blob at the end of the spoon. I add a multivitamin and vitamin c and joint pain and I are not on speaking terms. By the way your nails will actually shine.

  8. Brad,

    We take collagen daily for those same reasons. We had our blood analyzed and the naturopathy suggested collagen use. Yes, skin, hair and joints are doing better. Winter would crack the skin on my hands to where they would bleed. Not any more. It is also a protein which adds to your intake.

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