Gelatin: Reduces Inflammation, Promotes healing and Aids in Weight Loss
Gelatin: What is it?
Gelatin is a processed version of collagen protein found in many animals, including humans. Collagen makes up nearly one third of all protein in the human body. This fibrous molecule makes the skin, bones, and tendons strong and elastic. As you get older, your body makes less collage, joints become stiffer and skin becomes less elastic.
Gelatin and meat: what’s the difference?
Both gelatin and meat come from the bodies of animals. The difference is in which part of the animal’s body.
Depending on the dish, meat can come from the muscles or the organs of animals. Gelatin, though, comes from the bones and connective tissues, including cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Connective tissue and skin are excellent sources of collagen, which is a type of protein.
Protein of the right kind, in the right amount, is essential for reducing stress. Meat and gelatin contain amino acids, which are essential for the body to function. The human body can manufacture some amino acids, but not others, so it must get them from other sources. Adding gelatin will help the body digest protein. The gelatin is needed to balance out the other protein.
Traditional diets are very high in gelatin because they eat bones and cartilage regularly in the form of homemade, slow-simmered bone broths. For thousands of years, humans have been boiling the sinews, skin, and bones of animals, rather than just using the prime cuts of meat and tossing away the rest. From this time on, humans have consumed collagen, many on a daily basis. Since we don’t consume broth with every meal, our diets lack gelatin. Today, you can either get ready-made gelatin powder or make your own bone broth from marrow bones, chicken necks, oxtail, and lamb shanks.
What is gelatin good for?
Gelatin helps reduce inflammation, which can cause aging to take a less-harsh toll on the body. It can help people recover from injury; promote healing digestive diseases, arthritis, diabetes, and insomnia, and help stop bleeding. (Please note that you should see a doctor if you need to treat a wound or serious illness). Gelatin is helps with weight loss and puffiness, diabetes. It helps hair, skin, and nails.
Inflammation: what is it?
Inflammation is the irritation of bodily tissue. It often foreshadows a more serious disorder. Often, it happens after an injury or because of sickness (“–itis” is the suffix meaning “inflamed”), but it can also happen after eating certain foods.
The results of food-related bodily inflammation can include a slowed-down metabolism from less-than-optimal cell and tissue function. Signs can include water retention, weight gain, discolored skin, and sleep troubles.
Gelatin aids in the digestion of other foods, especially milk and milk products. Not only is it nourishing and easy to digest, but it does not produce any ill effects on the body when used properly.
Gelatin and weight loss
When we don’t get proper nutrition, from eating poor-quality foods, our bodies become stressed down to the cell! This weakens the cells so that more water gets in. In addition, gelatin can help keep you from retaining water and appearing puffy, with bags under your eyes, and from gaining weight as a result. Gelatin lowers stress by lowering chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol. Gelatin also helps to regulate fat metabolism.
How to eat gelatin
According to Ray Peat, Ph.D., a biologist who received his degree from the University of Oregon, a third of your total protein intake should be from gelatin or broth, which you should be able to get from three cups of bone broth or two to six tablespoons of powdered gelatin.
Making your own bone broth at home is easy, I have one cooking almost every day. There are several different recipes here on my website for bone broth you can make on your stove top or with a slow cooker.
Great Lakes Gelatin, Gelatin Collagen is the best you can buy. Their cows eat only clean, green grass and their gelatin contains no exciotoxins. It contains no added sugars and is minimally processed to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of free glutamic acids. It is simply powdered collagen (regular or hydrolyzed). Other forms of gelatin have exciotoxins.
Using gelatin as a protein powder is like killing two birds with one stone. Not only do you get the added protein you need, but you also get the benefits of eating more gelatin (fewer wrinkles, reduced joint pain, less cellulite)!
You can add it to your morning coffee, orange juice, gravies, smoothies, soups or stock, even to plain water. I recommend starting with 2 tablespoons a day and working up to 4 to 6 tablespoons a day.
Frothy Gelatin Smoothie Recipe
½ cup coconut milk or 1 cup 2% milk
½ cup water
1 cup of your favorite frozen fruit (strawberries, peaches, etc.)
2 tablespoons hydrolyzed gelatin
Blend until smooth and frothy.