Where does gelatin come from?
Gelatin is a widely misunderstood but valuable component of any diet. It’s rich in collagen which is derived from animal bone and tissue. This involves the boiling of bones to extract the raw material followed by filtering processes that leaves the purest possible sample of gelatin.
How do we consume it?
In the past we consumed almost every part of an animal. Everything that could be used, whether for nutrition or cosmetics, was used.
Today we tend to be more selective, we only want the parts that are appealing to us.
We don’t ingest the quantities of collagen that we need, however we do consume some when we eat confectioneries. Here we can include most sweets, some ice creams and, of course, anything that contains jelly. But the problem here is, we’re eating it for the wrong reasons.
Why should we take gelatine seriously?
It’s good for the skin.
Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins This is ideal for cell regeneration. Our skin is constantly regenerating. A regular supply of proteins that gelatin provides will go a long way to reduce wrinkles. The collagen in gelatin is one of the main elements of skin. Consume enough and you could reduce the ageing effects of sunlight.
Helps to repair joints.
There is evidence to show that consuming gelatin can ease joint stiffness and reduce inflammation. Cartilage can repair in younger joints, gelatine in the diet could help with this. Athletes who take measured doses of a collagen supplement consistently over a few months, experience a reduction in joint pain.
Taking gelatin, in any form, is believed to suppress the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis or osteoporosis. More research is needed to establish how much of a ’cause and effect relationship’ there is with this.
Good for your digestive system.
Gelatin can improve gastric acid secretion and maintain a strong mucosal lining of the stomach. It can also assist with lubricating the digestive tract, keeping everything moving through the bowel system. There is also a potential to heal the gut, keeping the lining healthy and reducing leaks. A leaky gut is understood to be the main cause of food intolerances, allergies and inflammatory conditions.
It will help you to sleep.
Gelatin contains glycine which helps with sleep. As a measure, it has been shown that 3 grams of glycine taken just before bedtime will improve sleep quality. It has the ability to reduce anxiety maintaining a calmness allowing you to sleep through the night. All of this, because it’s natural, having no side effects. Unlike some of the over-the-counter medications which can cause drowsiness.
You need it to balance your meat intake.
Researchers occasionally find a connection between high levels of meat intake and problems with heart disease, strokes and mental illness. This is being attributed to the high levels of methionine found in meats and eggs. Methionine is an amino acid that raises the homcysteine levels in blood and it’s this that can cause problems. Those who eat a lot of meat need enough glycine to balance the methionine and gelatine will provide this.
What products contain gelatin?
Gelatin isn’t just for consuming, it’s used in a huge range of products:
Oils & lubricants
Creams & lotions
What ever you may think of gelatine, its origins and how we acquire it, we can’t ignore the fact that it can play an important part in our health and well being. When you consider that there are so many illnesses waiting to ‘get us’, here’s something that can make a difference and we need to know it.
It’s quite possible that most of the gelatin you need would come from having a regular trifle habit. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
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