Gelatin is currently being touted as a new super food. There are several benefits of it and the uses are ample, so unless you’re a vegetarian (because gelatin is derived from animals), why not add it to your diet?
What is gelatin?
Gelatin is a clear, flavourless substance that comes from combining various parts of an animal, including connective tissue and bones.
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Health benefits of Gelatin
1. Slashes your food budget
Gelatin is an excellent way to cut back on meat consumption yet preserve protein intake.
2. Gelatin for joints
Gelatin supplements can help with joint pain and health by reducing inflammation. Bodybuilders have been using gelatin for this purpose for decades. If you suffer from arthritis and other joint pain issues, or exercise a lot, gelatin can ease some of the discomfort associated with inflammation.
3. Anti-ageing effect
Gelatin has lots of collagen, and we need collagen for beautiful, plump skin that doesn’t thin out as we get older. Have a smoothie with gelatin in it every day to help combat age-related collagen loss.
4. Balances hormones
Gelatin can help regulate insulin and prevent hypoglycemia thanks to glycine. Glycine helps the body produce glutathione, which helps remove excess estrogen from the body that enters the body from toxic body care products, environmental pollution, processed foods and hormonal birth control. Excessive amounts of estrogen have been linked to cancer in women.
5. Adrenal fatigue recovery
Adrenal fatigue can happen to anyone, but is especially common in periods of high stress and burnout. When our bodies are under extreme stress they need more minerals and amino acids, and gelatin is an excellent source. It may actually help invigorate the kidneys, adrenals and bladder, which all help us deal with stress and manage cortisol levels properly.
6. Weight loss
Gelatin can potentially increase how much human growth hormone is produced in the body and can also boost metabolism. Better yet, gelatin is so nutrient-dense that it makes you feel full longer. Try ending dinner with a gelatin-rich dessert so you have no chance of snacking later on the evening.
7. Improves the look of cellulite
When collagen breaks down in the body we get cellulite. Many people take collagen supplements to combat this effect, but why do that when gelatin powder is a more affordable food source of collagen?
8. Helps heal wounds
Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin, is highly anti-inflammatory, and can help speed up recovery of wounds, including scrapes, cuts, burns, and gashes.
9. Balances high meat intake
Meat and eggs are high in methionine, an amino acid that raises homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, mental illness, and fractures. Those who eat lots of animal protein need adequate glycine to balance out the methionine from meat, and you’ll get that from gelatin.
10. Beautiful skin
Finding products that can make skin look radiant is like searching for the Holy Grail. Well, look no further because gelatin has skin healing properties. Gelatin is a form of collagen, a key protein in the body. About a quarter of body mass is collagen, and we need it for skin elasticity and tone, two key factors that contribute to youthful looking skin.
11. Helps the liver
Gelatin is rich in glycine, and our bodies need glycine for detoxification. Without enough glycine the body won’t make enough glutathione, an important step in liver detoxification.
12. Fights inflammation
Glycine also helps fight inflammation, which can cause many illnesses, so keeping it down is essential. Bone broth is a nutritious and easy way to keep inflammation at bay. And it tastes good, too!
13. Calms nerves and anxiety
Gelatin can help soothe nerves and anxiety due to glycine. If this is a concern for you, find a way to get gelatin into your daily diet. Smoothies are a simple and tasty way to accomplish this; just add a bit of powder to the smoothie before blending.