The health benefits of gelatin blew me away! It really is a forgotten superfood! It helps with, joint and bone health, joint inflammation, muscle building and repair, digestion, hair and nails, liver health, wound healing, weight loss, improved skin condition, food sensitivities and intolerances.
It’s slowly gaining recognition as people put 2 + 2 together and work out they’re actually making their own each time they cook up a bone broth, but unless you’re consuming that broth each day, you aren’t fully utilising the incredible health benefits gelatine provides.
So I’ve shared with you previously how you can chill out crazy frizzy hair with gelatine and I imagine you know you can make jelly and other treats with it, but did you know if you get your hands on high quality gelatin, you can actually help your body out in a positive way!
Up until six months ago, I honestly had no idea that gelatin was anything more than the chemical laced stuff you find on the supermarket shelves. A friend was telling me how she takes it for health benefits but she said it wasn’t the stuff you get in the supermarket, wow, now I understand! What an eye opener!
Before I get into it, no it is not suitable for Vegans as yes it is derived from animals, usually cows and pigs. Gelatin is the cooked or broken down form of collagen.
It contains 18 amino acids, 9 of which can not be made by our body and need to be supplied via our diet.
Pure gelatin does not contain sugar or fat.
When you cook a broth or soup with animal bones in it you are in fact producing your own gleatin containing soup, it is in the bones which contain the gelatin, which I guess is why everyone is raving about the benefits from bone broths as they’re actually consuming the gelatin through this process.
The big benefits I’ve noticed so far – I’ve found in my personal experience that I do have to consume it daily to see the benefits. I’ve always had paper thin nails that bend and break so easily, now they’re thick and white and I find myself actually having to cut them back rather then them breaking on me.
I have a family history of arthritis and was really starting to find myself in a lot of pain with my joints in the last couple of years, to the point where I couldn’t even sleep on my left side, and struggled raising my left arm up when dressing. Since taking this regularly, I’m not finding either of these an issue.
How much a day am I taking? I’m taking several different forms (all listed below). I usually take 1 tablespoon of each a day.
Digestive Health – The digestion product which needs to be dissolved in hot water is brilliant for healing things like leaky gut and digestive issues, I was having this daily in a cuppa during winter, now it’s the warmer spring/summer months I’m not having daily cuppa’s, so I’m doing my best at remembering when I can. So I’ve been just having the recommended dose 1 table spoon dissolved in 1/3 cup of hot water then I either add some lemon juice or whatever is around for a bit of flavour and follow it with a glass of water. (This is the product I use to make the Vit C Gummy lollies for Savannah)
Joint Care – First thing in the morning I like to take the Joint Care product which I mix with Nano Greens and usually have this on waking.
Muscle Repair – After my daily exercise, I usually make a smoothie and add the muscle repair product in it.
I order mine through Australian Company Gelatin Health. There’s some great info on their website that will make you think twice about our modern eating habits, like this… Our society predominately eats muscle meats which contain very low amounts of gelatin (if any at all). The problem with this is that muscle meats are extremely high in the amino acids ‘cysteine’ and ‘tryptophan’ which have anti-metabolic and thyroid suppressing effects leading to degenerative and inflammatory disease states.
Gelatin Health have three different products available which I use. They’re Digestive Health food grade product is sourced from Australian cattle which are grass fed, pasture raised and grain finished.
Digestive Health – is a great source of dietary collagen and may assist with digestion, assist in the repair of the lining of your stomach and digestive tract, reducing food sensitivities, improving skin, hair and nails.The food grade one is hot soluble only, I like to add it to hot drinks, you can also add it to stews, soups, gravy, cooked oats and my newest love is making a hair mask from it, recipe here.
Joint Care – may assist to strengthen joint cartilage cell growth, increase mobility and range, reduce inflammation joint pain, bone density, strengthen and improve condition of hair, nails and skin. The Joint Care dissolves in cold water.
Muscle Repair Premium – May assist with wound healing, repairing damaged muscles, building and increasing muscle mass, supporting general health and well being. The Muscle Repair Premium also dissolves in cold water.
Now if you’re looking for an easy recipe to use Gelatin in, this is Savannah’s favourite! As she has a couple of different health issues which require her to take several different supplements a day, I’ve found this is her happy way to consume her Vitamin C daily.
(Full Recipe below step by step pictures)
Vit C Fruit Gummie Lollies by Julie @ SavvyJul.com
Feel free to use your favourite fruit. I make these for Savannah using Tinned Pears in syrup. (salycilate friendly)
You need a total of 500ml of liquid to match with the 4 tablespoons of gelatin to get it to set to the right consistency. It’s really up to you how much fruit you put in to stew then top up the level at the end to make 500ml.
If you have a Thermomix, you can easily make entire recipe in it, I just started in saucepan and moved to blending in Thermie after stewing for this tutorial.
- 2-3 Pears (peeled) (I use tin pears (in syrup not juice if going Salycilate free))
- 3-4 tbsp Gelatin Food Grade (food grade dissolves in hot water)
- 1 tbsp Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid
- liquid to make up 500ml
- Add desired fruit to saucepan, cover with water and stew until soft
Mash/blend to remove lumps
Add gelatine and blend in
Add Vit C powder (optional) and blend in
Bring liquid level to 500ml by adding water and blend in
Place in silicone moulds or glass dish
Put in fridge or freezer to set (I’m impatient and use freezer 10 mins)
When set, remove from moulds . Slice into desired pieces if using glass dish (run knife around edge of dish to help removing easier)
Place in sealed container in fridge
I allow maximum of 3-4 a day and ensure child is drinking plenty of water, as gelatine binds to water and has a sweeping effect on the insides.
Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear if you tried the recipe and what fruit you used. Remember you don’t have to add the Vitamin C powder, it’s just an optional way of getting extra vitamins in. If you like the idea you could also try adding probiotic as well, I haven’t tried that yet.