The benefits of gelatin

Gelatin has so many amazing health benefits and is currently being touted as a new superfood.

Gelatin contains 18 amino acids, many of which are “essential”, meaning your body doesn't produce these amino acids, they can only be acquired as part of your diet.

Inflammation has been found to be associated with just about every health condition. Gelatin and glycine have been shown to reduce inflammation.

Gut health

Gelatin absorbs water and helps maintain and strengthen the gut's mucus layer. Gelatin is beneficial for preventing intestinal damage and improving the lining of the digestive tract, thereby preventing permeability.

When microbes and dietary proteins “leak” from the gut into the bloodstream they cause an inflammatory response by the immune system. This is a condition called leaky gut and can lead to a whole host of health problems.

Gelatin improves your gastric acid secretions that are needed for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.

The benefits of gelatin are not limited to the gut, it is also beneficial for your skin, cardiovascular system, sleep quality, cognitive abilities and maintains strong bones.

The amino acid glycine acts similarly to some anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. People use glycine and other forms of amino acid therapy to naturally boost mental clarity and calmness because certain amino acids help lower “stress hormones” like norepinephrine and increase “happy hormones” like GABA.

Our bodies also need glycine for detoxification. Without enough glycine the body won’t make enough glutathione, an important step in liver detoxification.

Some researchers think glycine may have a role in cancer prevention because it seems to interfere with the blood supply needed by certain tumors.

Quality matters

The most important factor when choosing a powdered gelatin is the same as with choosing any animal product—the source matters.

Choose gelatin that has been sourced from animals that have been grass-fed and pastured only, free from pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, steriods and GMO's.

Read about the benefits of bone broth, a natural source of gelatin and collagen.

Bone broth recipe

Ingredients
Juice from 2 lemons
1 cup frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons honey (raw honey is best)
¼ cup grass-fed gelatin

Method
Place lemon juice and raspberries in a blender and blend on high until completely mixed.

Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds

Pour into a saucepan.

Add the honey and gelatin and whisk together. You will have a thick paste. Turn the heat on low, and continue to whisk the mixture for 5-10 minutes, until it becomes thin and everything is incorporated. Take off the heat.

Pour into silicone moulds or a small baking dish. Set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until set.

If you used a small baking dish, cut into bite-size squares. Otherwise, remove gummies from their moulds and enjoy!

Thermomix method

Ingredients
Juice from 2 lemons
125g frozen raspberries
75g honey (raw honey is best)
¼ cup grass-fed gelatin

Method
Place lemon juice and raspberries in bowl MIX 15 seconds/speed 7.

Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds. Clean the bowl.

Add the strained raspberry mixture back into the bowl. Add the honey and gelatin and MIX 5 mins/70°C/speed 1.5.

Pour into silicone moulds or a small baking dish. Set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until set.

If you used a small baking dish, cut into bite-size squares. Otherwise, remove gummies from their moulds and enjoy!

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589194
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1072-glycine.aspx
  3. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful