Gelatin

OK, I know I just wrote about Collagen a couple of weeks ago, but gelatin is the same only different!

How you say? Well, let’s take a look.

Gelatin and collagen have the same origin – they both are made from all parts of the animal they are taken from – cattle, ┬ápoultry or fish and assuming they are all either grass fed, free range organic, or wild caught they are very healthy for you.

Knowing the origin of your gelatin (and collagen) is important to ensure you are getting the most nutritionally viable product for your health, and to get the best results possible. You can purchase your supply of gelatin from a health food store, on-line at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com, iHerb.com, or from a bulk food store like Bulk Barn (Canada). Please make sure you are buying the best quality gelatin you can – don’t buy the stuff you find in the grocery store in a package (like Knox) just because it’s cheap and readily available because healthy food doesn’t come from unhealthy animals. You can also get gelatin from homemade broth made from the bones of your choice from organic animal/poultry or wild caught fish.

The difference between Gelatin and Collagen:

 

Gelatin

 

Collagen Hydrolysate

Source Bones, skin and scales of animals
Amino Acid Profile Identical
Dissolves In True gelatin only dissolves in warm/hot water Dissolves in both hot and cold water
How It Reacts to Liquid Causes liquids to gel Appears cloudy at first then clears

What are the benefits of Gelatin – it helps maintain skin elasticity and can help prevent skin aging and roughness; promotes bone health; supports strong healthy hair; supports nail growth and strength; supports healthy teeth; might shorten exercise recovery; will aid in digestion and may help with stomach ulcers; may help prevent arthritis as it contains chondroitin; supports joints, cartilage and tendons; may help reduce cellulite; can help prevent stretch marks and wrinkles by keeping the skin firm; because it’s rich in glycine (a essential amino acid) is a great liver detox which will help rid the body of toxins; can aid in weight loss efforts by boosting the metabolism; can help with adrenals when you are under extreme stress by supplying extra minerals and amino acids; can help alleviate allergic reactions and sensitivities by sealing inflamed and porous gut linings; it will also help to alleviate GERD by helping heal your gut; helps lower inflammation; it is also great as a sleep aid.

How to use Gelatin – make your own fruit snacks, “jello” or marshmallows where you get to add the sweetener of your choice and amount; add to sauces and soups as a thickener; blend into your coffee or tea (with coconut oil for an added boost); in baking as a binder; I also use instead of eggs in baking by making a “gelatin egg” – whisk 1 Tbsp. of gelatin in 3 Tbsp. warm water, then add to your recipe as you would an egg.

So, does this sound like something you might add to your dietary routine? I know when I first started using gelatin, within a week I noticed a difference in my gut health and haven’t looked back. I have gelatin mixed in with my tea 3 times a day now and will continue to do so as my stomach hasn’t felt this good in a very long time. I also use collagen 2-3 times a day to add to the resources I need to get my body back to where it should be. It’s not quite there yet, but feels a lot better than it did a few years ago when I started on this journey. Too bad I wasn’t aware of all these nutritional powerhouses a number of years ago. But maybe then I wouldn’t be writing this to help others, so I figure there’s a reason for everything.

If you are interested in making some great gelatin treats, here is a book by Caitlin Weeks from Grassfedgirl.com that I think might just help you make some amazing things for you and your family – click here or on the image below:

Have a fantastic day and week ahead.

Blessings,

Louise