Few people nowadays take the time to cook bone broths for the gelatin it provides, it used to be a traditional and essential part of our diet that has sadly been lost. Fortunately we can gain most of the healing and nourishing benefits it provides by supplementing with gelatin powder.
Well, I recently started using this supplement and have been pretty amazed by the results. That's why I have put together this quick post to help you understand the many benefits of gelatin powder and why it is a simple effective supplement for all-round good health.
Gelatin is a protein that is acquired by boiling tendons, skin, bone and/or ligaments with water. Gelatin contains collagen, a material that makes up bone and cartilage. It is generally obtained from pigs or cows.
Gelatin is flavourless and translucent, and it is an insoluble fibrous protein, which contains 18 amino acids that are necessary for survival.
Gelatin is used as a thickener for puddings, Jello, jelly, candies, fruit gelatins, cakes, marshmallows, yogurts, cakes and so on etc.
Gelatin, Gelatine or Jello?
There is sometimes confusion over the various terms used. Gelatin and gelatine are actually the same thing, but they are just spelled differently depending on whether you use US or UK English. In the US and Canada it is referred to as gelatin but here in the UK we call it gelatine.
Gelatin capsules are simply gelatin powder that has been put into capsule form for convenience. Gelatin and Jello are the same – it’s what makes Jello or jelly (another spelling variation) wobbly.
You should also be careful if you have any special dietary requirements because gelatin is not vegan or vegetarian. Those versions are made from agar-agar (red seaweed), or carageen (Irish moss) and have no health benefits - but they will make your food 'set'.
What Are The Health Benefits of Gelatin Powder?
#1 Good for your bones and joints
Gelatin has 18 amino acids, which are key to preventing weakening cartilage in your joints. It can also help you to recover from joint injuries.
#2 Gelatin helps heal food intolerances and allergies
Add gelatine to your diet to aid in the healing of your stomach lining and digestive tract. Most intolerances or allergies are the result of a leaky gut and so healing the digestive tract reduces the instances of toxins leaching into your body.
#3 Supports better teeth, nail, and hair
Gelatine contains keratin, which is an incredibly strong protein found in your skin, nails, hair, and teeth.
#4 Improves your skin's elasticity
Gelatin will help improve the look/feel of your skin when taken internally. It is far more effective than facial creams and stimulates your body to produce more collagen naturally. In fact, it can even help to tighten loose skin and improve cellulite.
#5 Improves digestion
Gelatine binds to water and aids in moving food more easily through one’s digestive tract.
#6 Excellent source of protein
There are 6 grammes of protein in a single tablespoon of gelatine so it’s an easy and quick way to add more protein to your diet.
#7 It is an excellent anti inflammatory
Gelatin works great to reduce the pain associated with arthritis.
#8 Helps to speed up the healing of wounds
Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin, is a powerful anti inflammatory, which helps your wounds to heal much faster.
#9 Improves sleep quality, makes it easier to fall asleep
There have been clinical studies showing that not only will you sleep better you will have less drowsiness during the day and better cognitive function because gelatin contains glycine.
#10 Helps release toxins
Gelatin contains the amino acid glycine that aids the liver to remove toxins from the body efficiently.
I hope you can see that gelatin offers many health benefits so it’s worth including it in your diet.