Gelatin is a building block for our bodies and has myriad health benefits. Gelatin is found in the tendons and skin of meat or fish and comes from the break down of collagen. Since most people buy a single cut of meat, say a chicken breast, or a piece of skinned fish, most of us do not consume an adequate amount of gelatin.
5 Reasons to Eat Gelatin
1. Promotes Digestive Health
Gelatin stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, which promotes the breakdown of food. Many people suffer from low stomach acid and are therefore unable to disassemble proteins completely. This can lead to many digestive and long term health problems (think leaky gut, autoimmune diseases, inflammation). Eating gelatin assists by breaking down proteins into amino acids and allowing the body to properly absorb nutrients. If you are having digestive issues, gelatin will help heal and repair the gut lining!
2. Beautiful Skin
Gelatin contains amino acids (proline and glycine) that are used to produce collagen, which gives our skin elasticity, strength, and stimulates growth of new skin cells. Collagen production decreases as we age, which is why we develop sagging skin and wrinkles. Gelatin also protects against sun damage.
3. Mental Health
The amino acid glycine in gelatin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which has been shown to promote restorative sleep, promote a state of calm and decrease anxiety. Glycine is used to treat mental illness and is effective in reducing negative symptoms.
4. Strong Joints
Our tendons and ligaments require gelatin to move with ease. When we don't have enough, the body is stiff and our joints can become inflamed. Consuming gelatin will reduce inflammation in your joints. Gelatin is effective in managing bone conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
5. Boosts Metabolism
Glycine regulates metabolism. It has been used to treat metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity.
How To Add Gelatin Into Your Diet
1. Eat the skin! I often see friends remove skin from chicken or salmon-- don't do this! The skin is full of nourishing gelatin and healthy fats.
2. Add Gelatin Powder to recipes. Check out my Blueberry Gelatin Gummy Vitamins.
3. Homemade Bone Broth