It's been over eight months now, that I've been adding a tablespoon of gelatin (mostly) or hydrolyzed collagen (occasionally) to my first cup of coffee every morning. There have only been two or three out-of-town times that I've missed it, and I planned ahead for the LCCruise by getting some beef-cartilage in capsule form, which I have appended to the gelatin dose often since we've been back.
It's working. This extra step in the morning ritual is DEFINITELY worth continuing. Considering how often I've gotten accidental or intentional cheat-doses of gluten over the last month, my bad knee has given me pain SIGNIFICANTLY less than usual, and the other one has twinged not at all.
The only trouble is how long one has to wait for indisputable results -- a lot of people would probably give up the practice before it has a chance to really work for them. As reported before, unless I had some extraordinary stress, I AM convinced that I have fewer grey hairs than I "should" (at one point last month, stress really got to me, and I believed I saw a big new crop of silver up there). But I was only reminded of the knee situation a few days ago....
You see, as I reported right before the Cruise, I had doubled my daily dose of glutathione on the prompting of Dr. Kharrazian in "Why Isn't My Brain Working?" According to him, it's supposed to be intrinsic to strengthening the gut wall AND the blood-brain barrier. I had been observing my reactions to the various occasions since then, when I've allowed myself some wheat products. I noticed that although the knee is significantly better, the trace of psoriasis that appears on my elbows when i'm not careful is definitely THERE. Huh?
Gelatin. (And maybe a little collagen and cartilage, but I've definitely used a LOT more of the gelatin.) It's possible that i'm seeing a little less wrinkling in my face, too, but that could be influenced by lighting; if it helps, i'll see more improvement with more time. No matter, though -- these substances are definitely worth continuing.