Gelatin is an amazing superfood that I eat every single day. I believe it is one of the key factors in healing my back after fusion surgery, because of increased strength in my bones and spine. As an added bonus, it also prevents wrinkles!
What Is Gelatin?
Gelatin comes from animal (mostly cows and pigs) bones, skin, and tissue. The animal parts are boiled to extract collagen. This protein-rich collagen is gelatin.
Health Benefits of Gelatin
Here is a list of why you should consume gelatin everyday.
- Joint and Bone Health: I have a long history of back pain and surgeries (including a fusion). My last surgery was over 5 years ago and I am now healthier and stronger than the doctors said was possible. It was a huge contributing factor to my healing. Read more about my healing journey here. Our bones are made of mostly collagen. Consuming collagen results in stronger bones, higher bone density, and reduces bone loss. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and contains amino acids that keep joints strong.
- Prevents Wrinkles: The collagen in gelatin is the very same collagen in expensive face creams. Getting your daily fix is safer, cheaper, and longer-lasting that botox. It keeps your skin elastic and fills in your fine lines. Read more about preventing wrinkles here.
- Healthy Hair and Nails: Since I started taking gelatin daily, my hair has been growing much faster and my nails are much stronger (see more tips for strong nails here). The secret ingredient that does this: keratin. Keratin is a key component of hair and nails. For an added bonus, add a teaspoon of it to your shampoo. Leave it in your hair for a few minutes, rinse, and condition as normal. I use the no poo method and do this a couple times a month, adding the gelatin (the green container) to my baking soda. It makes my naturally thin hair thicker. You do not want to do this too often. Too much protein can cause your hair to become stiff and break easily. Learn more in my ebook The No Poo Method.
- Lots of Protein: It has 6 grams of protein per tablespoon. Use it instead of protein powder in your smoothies.
- Digestive Health: It promotes stomach acid production. And because it is a binding agent, the stomach acids move from the stomach lining to the food that needs to be digested. The result is less gas, bloating, and constipation.
- Weight Loss: It increases your metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels cutting cravings. Combine that with a high amount of protein that curbs your appetite and you have a nutritious, satisfying weight loss aid.
- Reverse Allergies: Food allergies and intolerances begin with a leaky gut. Gelatin helps heal leaky guts by strengthening gut linings. My son was born allergic to just about everything. I made a homemade baby formula for him that included gelatin. He is now 2 years old and has ZERO allergies.
Not All Gelatin Is Created Equal
I only use one brand of gelatin – Great Lakes. It is from grass-fed, hormone free, pasture raised animals. Other brands use animals from factory farms, raised on GMO grains, antibiotics, and hormones.
- I use the red container anytime I want something to gel, like homemade fruit snacks or jello.
- The green container is what I use every day. It does not cause liquids to gel so you can sprinkle it on just about anything. I add it to my coffee, my morning detox drink, and smoothies. You can also sprinkle it on cereal, soups, juice…..just about anything.
How Much Gelatin Should I Take Daily?
The recommended dose is about 4 tablespoons a day.
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Is Gelatin Safe For Children?
YES! Gelatin is great for their growing bones. I have been giving it to my son since he was a baby. Here’s my homemade baby formula recipe that has gelatin in it. My son is now 2 and I give him about 1 tablespoon several times a week in his milk.
For more information about gelatin, check out:
- 5 Things You Need to Know from Butter Nutrition
- Do You Know This Superfood from Savory Lotus
- 10 Easy Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy from The Healthy Honeys
- How to Make a Healthy Cup of Coffee from Kula Mama
- Protein Powder: The Good, Bad, and Ugly from Real Nutritious Living
- 4 Reasons Gelatin is a Kid-Friendly Superfood from Kula Mama