The (surprising) therapeutic effects of gelatin
(NaturalHealth365) Gelatin has many health benefits and in its pure form – is free of color, additives and sugar. Gelatin is made from the connective tissues of meat animals, which happen to have very nutritious components.
Gelatin-rich foods are a large part of traditional diets. Our ancestors consumed all the gelatin-rich cartilaginous parts of an animal. For example, chicken soup is considered “good for you” because the whole chicken is used – including the parts with cartilage.
Who can benefit from Gelatin?
Gelatin is primarily composed of protein, water and mineral salts. It’s used by food manufacturers as a texture-providing food additive in low-fat meals and other processed foods. This is NOT where you want to get your gelatin because these products are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors.
Gelatin contains half of the 18 essential amino acids, needed for survival. Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin, is needed by the liver to efficiently remove toxins from our system. Lysine is easily accessible through gelatin which helps us absorb calcium and build muscle.
A simple way to support the digestive system
Gelatin has the unique power of attracting liquid molecules to it and that is why gelatin takes shape when the powder is dissolved in water. It is this attraction that makes the digestion of cooked foods easier. One of the ways salad greens digest easier than cooked foods is because the molecules contain lots of water.
When cooked foods are served with gelatin – digestion is easier and water is reintroduced back into the foods. Gelatin naturally binds to water and helps food (easily) move through the digestive tract.
Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D. – in a National Science article “Why Broth is Beautiful”, outlines the research of Dr. Gotthoffer who found that cooked foods eaten with gelatin were easily digested and that babies fed milk fortifier with gelatin had better digestion, than those on plain milk. Also, the babies who were fed milk without gelatin had a higher rate of allergies and intestinal issues.
Reduce your risk for allergies
According to nutrition expert Lisa LaBarr, adding gelatin to a child’s diet can heal the stomach and intestines, and thus decrease food allergies. Food allergies are thought to come from a leaky gut. Naturally, avoiding allergic foods such as, wheat, eggs and peanut butter can also help reduce allergic reactions.
Sally Fallon, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, notes in her book, Nourishing Traditions that gelatin has been shown to alleviate asthma, fatigue, Crohn’s disease and colitis. All these conditions can be brought on or exasperated by allergies.
Dietary changes can eliminate arthritis
Arthritis is characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints. According to the National Institute of Health, gelatin has even been approved by the Food and Drug Administration – as a safe dietary supplement for healthy adults. According to a mega-analysis by the National Institute of Health, ingested gelatin has been found to increase joint cartilage in animals.
The relief of pain and inflammation happens even before the cartilage is build up; gelatin seems to have an aspirin or cortisol effect on the cartilage.
Could gelatin have an “anti-aging” effect?
There are new studies that show that eating gelatin rich food helps maintain a more youthful appearance. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology studied the effects of gelatin on skin repeatedly exposed to ultraviolet light.
They found that mice (without gelatin in their diet) exposed to ultraviolet light had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin. The exposed mice that ate gelatin had no reduction of collagen, but instead had an average increase of 17%.
Gelatin is made up of collagen, which goes into your system and stimulates your body to start putting down more collagen. In fact, gelatin has been touted as a folk remedy for weak fingernails because of its collagen and mineral content.
The best way to eat gelatin is with other foods and can be added to smoothies, oatmeal plus meat, chicken, seafood dishes and salads. It helps with the absorption of nutrients and thus optimizes the value of any meal.
Keep in mind, the best form of gelatin is from grass fed cattle that can be found both on the internet or your local health food store.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.