OMG. My MRI results are in and my knee got better! I couldn't believe it. My last MRI from six months ago showed grade 3 chondromalacia. I've cut back on mileage considerably and have been consistently cross training since, but the pain never really went away. I honestly expected that my knee would be bone on bone by now, so it was quite a shock to learn that the cartilage has slightly regenerated. My last doc told me that my knee would never get better because apparently cartilage doesn't heal? I've been a mess this past half year, thinking that my running days were numbered, so you can imagine my excitement right now.
For about a month now, I've been taking a supplement containing glucosamine and chondroitin which aids in restoring cartilage. I prefer Arthroplus from German-based company Orthomol, who I trust for their high standards in safety and quality. Arthroplus also contains vitamin C, which plays an important role in collagen synthesis, the main protein in joint tissue, as well as omega-3, which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties to ease joint pain. In addition, I've also added collagen-rich gelatin powder to my diet (1-2 tablespoons). Gelatin is high in several amino acids needed for the production of collagen, such as glycine and proline. Collagen a major component of skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, so no wonder gelatin is considered a superfood. I'm convinced that this concoction has played a significant role with the regeneration, so if you're experiencing any joint pain, try it. There are so many more benefits to gelatin that I haven't even listed here. Take a look for yourself! Just make sure you always source safe and high-quality supplements.