It’s an exciting day at our house – and that is because I finally got to get my hands dirty playing with a new supplement! (I am such a nerd!) Today’s post is all about dietary gelatin, and what it can do for you!
This container may not look like much, but it packs a very unexpected nutritional punch! This particular gelatin is porcine (pork-derived), but unfortunately, I was at the mercy of the health food store options today. Next go-around, I’m springing for the grassfed beef derived gelatin. But whatever the animal source, gelatin carries very similar nutritional benefits. For one, gelatin is a very rich source of a broad range of amino acids, including alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, hydroxyproline, hydroxylysine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylaline, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophane, tyrosine, and valine! This concentrated source of amino acids aids your body in a quick reproduction of blood cells, that helps your body heal bones and joints. And because it is such a rapid, highly absorbable source of rich proteins, gelatin also helps hydrate the connective tissue within the body. Gelatin is also very rich in collagen, making it a formidable supplement to combat age-related cartilage damage, and skin degeneration! Collagen is, after all, a very necessary nutrient for supple, tight skin – and guess what? You absorb it better internally than you ever could externally! So all those fancy collagen creams, well..suffice it to say, wasted dollars.
Impressed? It gets better..
What else can you take dietary gelatin for? Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, or for weight loss, hair health, or recovery of physical injuries. Gelatin is even known as a hormone-balancing nutrient that can help eliminate excess estrogen within the body, due to environmental exposure to chemical hormone disruptors. Not sold yet? Gelatin shows promise as a digestive aid, especially in conditions that involve inflammation, such as constipation. This is a nutrient that packs a punch!
Now, you’re probably thinking “this is too good to be true! This stuff must be hard to integrate into your diet.” Absolutely not! Incorporating gelatin into your diet is so incredibly easy, and I’ll show you how:
1) Dissolving it into water, tea, or juice
2) Making your own homemade marshmallows!! How cool is that! And it won’t have any nasty preservatives! Imagine a marshmallow that is good for you and your kids!
3) Make your own gummy treats! Now I’m getting excited about this option, because the possibilities are ENDLESS! Especially if you want to consider herbal supplement options!
4) Make your own jello! Again, the possibilities are pretty limitless – and you control what goes into it!
Ok, who’s ready to go out and buy some?? Because next post, we’ll be going over some recipes to put this awesome nutrient to use! So get yourself a good, quality gelatin source, and next week we’ll hit the kitchen!