The (surprising) therapeutic effects of gelatin

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(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.


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  • Sherry Bryant

    I love the natural remedies that God has provided us with. Thank you for this information as I have developed knee pain this past year. I can’t wait to start taking the gelatin and hope it works.
    It doesn’t recommend the dosage in this article. I’m thinking it probably would say on the package?

    Sherry Bryant

  • robin

    You forgot to mention the negatives such as the pesticides, herbicides, bovine growth hormones,antibiotics and radiation that have spread all over the west coast, parts of the mid west and east coast. They are now in our food supply which also includes the grass and grain that these cows are eating. And let’s throw in some road kill while we are at it. All meat and meat products have been contaminated including the gelatin that is being used in supplements. To be fair and balanced a person must weigh both the positives and negatives before deciding to eat or use animal products, There are some excellent substitutes for gelatin.

  • lu weiss

    robin, what are the excellent substitutes for geletin?

  • bob

    Boil bones with vinegar, instant jelatin. Plus bullion for drinking and cooking. See the gaps diet.

  • victoria suffield

    Hurrah! for Robin Tue, 24th. There are more minus reasons not to eat meat/gelatin, I’m unable to think of a plus…Leaf gelatin makes a wonderful substitute.

  • robin

    Hi lu weiss, there are several substitutes for gelatin.
    Seaweed ( agar )
    Carrageenan a red seaweed
    Pectin: high in fiber, binds to certain radiation and inexpensive
    Hope this is helpful to you.

  • robin

    Hi Sherry, your knee pain suggests that you could possibly be in the early stages of arthritis,or, depending on your age, degenerative arthritis. Gelatin will not relieve your pain.
    Tumeric 95% standardized extract is an excellent anti inflammatory that should help relieve some of your pain. Start with 500 mg.2x per day with food. Do this for one week than move it up to 1,000 mg. 2x per day. You can work up to 3-4000 mg. per day if necessary. Keep in mind that herbs will not give you instant relief. It can take a couple of months for you to start feeling better.
    There is also boswellia AKBA, ginger and willow bark each of which relieve pain.
    This be said, if it is arthritis then you will need more than a pain reliever and anti inflammatory.
    Hope this has been helpful to you.

  • Mike

    MSM can be unbelievably great for arthritis – I’ve seen people have their pain disappear and stop having to use pain killers within 30 minutes of taking it. It is only symptomatic, of course, and you should deal with the under lying causes of arthritis – which are namely fluoride and chlorine toxicity (get a fluoride filter for your drinking water AND shower / bath water) and start to take nutrient dense foods like organic juices and superfoods like spirulina daily and in decent quantities. There are also lots of other remedies for arthritis – but get the fluoride and chlorine OUT of your diet and put things IN that will help repair and rebuild. Stick with it, it takes time, but the MSM in many cases gives instant, safe relief from the pain, and is not a drug, but actually a fantastic supplement that helps your whole body.

  • robin

    I agree Mike, MSM is excellent for arthritis as are the superfoods, home squeezed organic juices and water filters. I had suggested tumeric ( curcumin ) to Sherry because it relieves pain and is a well researched anti-inflammatory. There have been over 100 studies on tumeric and it appears to do everything but sing and dance. What Sherry needs to do is find herself a good naturopath and get a proper diagnosis.

  • rose

    In Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book Excitotoxins; the taste that kills! states that gelatin is an excitotoxin.

  • Maria hadjinicolaou

    I boil 4 pigs’ legs for 8 hours in 20 glasses of water low heat the remaining 10 glasses are already pure gelatin i take one glass every day for 8 days and I have no more pains in my joints

  • robin

    Rose, I get Dr. Blaylock’s monthly newsletter but have never read this book. Thanks for the info, I had no idea that gelatin was an excitotoxin.