What is Gelatin?
Before we start with this article, I would like to ask you a simple question – do you know what’s gelatin? Here’s what you need to know – gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts.
Gelatin is a yellowish, odorless, and nearly tasteless substance that is made by prolonged boiling of skin, cartilage, and bones from animals. It’s made primarily from the stuff meat industries have left over — we’re talking about pork skins, horns, and cattle bones.
These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.
The Million-Dollar Question – Why They Give Jello to Sick People in Hospitals:
Do you have any idea as to why all sick people recovering from surgery or some kind of medical condition get jello for lunch or dinner? Well because it’s mostly made of liquid, which is easy for our body to digest and isn’t heavy on the stomach. It has an ample amount of calories to keep you full without causing stomach issues. When you’re recovering from a difficult period your body needs something easy to digest and that’s why jello is the perfect meal for everyone.
Jello, which is mainly gelatin with food coloring, can also improve gut integrity and digestive strength by enhancing gastric acid secretion and restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach. Gelatin also absorbs water and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract, promoting good intestinal transit and healthy bowel movements.
Health Benefits of Gelatin:
Liver Detox: Gelatin is rich in glycine, which can be considered a conditionally essential amino acid. The human body needs a great deal of glycine for detoxification from exposure to chemicals in our toxic environment. People without enough glycine will not produce enough glutathione, which is crucial for Phase II liver detoxification.
Weight loss: Gelatinis full of protein, which makes people full and can help them eat less of lower quality foods. Also gelatin can help with liver detox which will boost fat burning ability.
Leaky Gut: Russian researchers found that gelatin healed the gut linings of mice after they had chemically-induced intestinal damage. Doctors in the 1920’s had good results using gelatin to nourish Celiac patients who were malnourished from gluten reactions.
Digestion: The amino acid glycine in gelatin can help increase hyrochloric acid in the stomach which is needed for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Levels of these vital digestive juices are lowered by stress and aging. Lowered HCL can contribute to malnutrition including anemia (a reduction in red blood cell production). A well-known researcher, Dr. Gotthoffer, studied gelatin’s role in digestion and he found that it increases the utilization and assimilation protein from muscle meats.
Strong Bones: Bones are actually living structures that can be built up or broken down daily by our nutritional choices.Gelatin contains easy to digest calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals which helps build a healthy bone matrix.
Cellulite: Cellulite is caused by a breakdown of collagen, which can be exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies. Many people take collagen supplements that cost a fortune. It is much easier and tastier to get collagen in a food form from bone broth and gelatin powder.
Arthritis Support: Gelatin contains Chondroitin, which has long been used as supplement for helping people with arthritis pain and stiffness. Chondroitin found in gelatin supports joints, cartilage and tendons because it is basically the dissolved connective tissue of animals. It has been discovered that therapeutic doses of cartilage, found in animal bones, (which always contains copious amounts of proline and glycine) dramatically improve rheumatoid arthritis as well as other degenerative joint conditions.
Allergies: Gelatin can alleviate allergic reactions and sensitivities because it helps seal inflamed and porous gut linings. Many experts believe that a permeable intestinal lining is a core issue in allergies because it is an immune barrier responsible for keeping out pathogens.
Lowers Inflammation: Because of low fat dogma many people get too much lean protein in their diet. This imbalance can be remedied by adding gelatin (and healthy fats) to meals. Lean protein in excess can be pro-inflammatory but gelatin provides proline and glycine that balance out the tryptophan and Cysteine.
Teeth, Hair and Nails: Gelatin provides beneficial minerals that are lacking in the overly processed western diet. This super food supplies abundant calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, which builds strong nails, teeth, and hair.
Wrinkles: Proline found in gelatin is a very important amino acid that abundant in gelatin. It is recommended as a supplement by many skin experts to keep up a youthful appearance. Degradation and loss of collagen is the real cause of wrinkles. Research confirms that collagen found in gelatin helped to reduce visible signs of wrinkling and treatments. Gelatin can stimulate and enhance production of new and non-fragmented collagen, which offers significant improvement to the look and health of wrinkled skin. Taking collagen from inside in the form of gelatin helps make skin much less prone to wrinkles.
Anti-aging: Collagen depletion usually starts when we are in our late 20’s. It becomes more important to add gelatin to your diet after age 30 to help fight aging. Skin creams that contain collagen are useless because the collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin. Taking it internally in form of gelatin is a good source of dietary collagen and can do wonders for the skin. Research performed at The University of Michigan shows the effects that collagen depletion has on the aging process. The study showed that collagen- producing cells are key for supporting youthful-looking, resilient skin. This information reinforced the idea that anti-aging treatments should focus on reconstructing and refilling collagen from the inside.
Skin Health: Gelatin has amazing skin healing properties because it is a rich source of dietary collagen, which is the key protein in the body made up of amino acids. Gelatin makes up 25% to 35% of the total protein content of human body. This protein content is vital for skin elasticity, and tone, plus the continuous renewal of skin cells. Gelatin makes up the connective tissues of the skin that are responsible for giving skin its strength and firmness.
Delicious Homemade Jelly – RECIPE:
You will need the following ingredients:
1 Cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1 Cup of grape juice or fresh strawberries.
3 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 Cup of green tea
Honey or stevia
Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to cook the green tea, and add some honey and stevia! Then, you should add the unflavored gelatin, and mix until it’s dissolved! Remove it from heat, and let it sit until it’s cool enough! After that, you should add the orange and the grape juice and mix well. Now, you need to pour this mixture in a container and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours! That’s it! enjoy your delicious homemade jelly.
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