I was reintroduced to gelatin (I remember taking Knox packets when I was in high school to make my nails stronger) while doing some research into the healing properties of bone broth. And I adore my bone broth. So finally I ordered some high quality, grass fed gelatin to experiment with. WOW. I started taking 1-2 T of gelatin 3x a day about 2 weeks ago and I can absolutely say that the progress in my healing has been greatly impacted...in terms of energy, pain reduction, digestive ease, all around feeling a bit calmer, more capable. CLEARER. And each day for the past week especially I can actually feel that I'm getting stronger and stronger.
WHAT IS GELATIN | Gelatin is a flavorless, translucent substance derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen, an insoluble fibrous protein. It is derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen from the skin, the connective tissue and/or bones of animals. Once extracted and powdered, gelatin dissolves in hot liquids and becomes more solid as it cools. Gelatin contains half of the 18 essential amino acids, needed for survival.
Humans used to eat tons of gelatin, as we would utilize the ENTIRE animal when cooking. As Nutritional Researcher Ray Peat clarifies,
"When we eat animal proteins in the traditional ways (for example, eating fish head soup, as well as the muscles, or “head-cheese” as well as pork chops, and chicken-foot soup as well as drumsticks), we assimilate a large amount of glycine and gelatin. This whole-animal balance of amino acids supports all sorts of biological process, including a balanced growth of children's tissues and organs.
When only the muscle meats are eaten, the amino acid balance entering our blood stream is the same as that produced by extreme stress, when cortisol excess causes our muscles to be broken down to provide energy and material for repair. The formation of serotonin is increased by the excess tryptophan in muscle, and serotonin stimulates the formation of more cortisol, while the tryptophan itself, along with the excess muscle-derived cysteine, suppresses the thyroid function."
BENEFITS OF GELATIN |
A GREAT SOURCE OF PROTEIN | With 6 grams of protein per tablespoon, it has been an effective way to add more protein to my diet. Even though it is not a complete protein, it helps the body fully utilize the complete proteins that are taken in.
WONDERFUL FOR BONE + JOINT HEALTH | Gelatin contains anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce pain. Additionally, it contains amino acids important in helping to prevent the weakness and degeneration of cartilage in joints.
HELPS THE BODY TO DETOXIFY | Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin, assists the liver to efficiently remove toxins from our system.
IMPROVES DIGESTION | It naturally binds to water and helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.
CAN ASSIST HEALING FROM LEAKY GUT + FOOD ALLERGIES | Adding gelatin to your diet can help to heal the lining of your stomach and digestive tract.
STRENGTHENS HAIR, NAILS + TEETH | Gelatin contains keratin, which is a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin.
IMPROVES SKIN ELASTICITY | Gelatin is essentially cooked down collagen. Consuming it will help improve the look and feel of your skin as it actually stimulates your body to produce more collagen. Say "no thanks" to expensive collagen creams as they are not able to be absorbed topically in a way that is effective.
SPEEDS UP HEALING OF WOUNDS | One of the amino acids found in gelatin is glycine, which is highly anti-inflammatory.
CAN ASSIST WITH WEIGHT LOSS | Gelatin is thought to increase the production of Human Growth Hormone and to boost metabolism. And with its nutrient-dense content, it also helps to keep you full between meals.
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