But why is gelatin such a gut boon?
Gelatin loves your guts.
Firstly, gelatin is a fast and furious source of protein. It contains 18 amino acids, many of which are “essential”, meaning they must be acquired as part of our diet.
Two of those amino acids, glycine and proline, are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to reduce inflammation in the gut. And while this is particularly important for those with autoimmune issues, it also benefits non-sufferers too.
According to research, gelatin may also help break down fats and protein, important for improving digestion, and can help heal the gut lining too. And when your body can effectively break down and absorb the food you’re eating, you get more out of every bite.
Gelatin: Beyond gut health.
The purported health benefits of gelatin, however, go beyond the gut. And while no nutritional science is ever “gold standard”, the amino acids in gelatin appear to be pretty powerful things. Among the long list of advantages that could come from eating it, we were most impressed to read that:
- Gelatin can help build lean muscle: The reason? It contains collagen, crucial to the body’s structure and musculature.
- It may help heal bones and joints: Studies suggest gelatin has the potential to reduce joint stiffness and inflammation, as well as help repair painful tears in the cartilage.
- The glycine in gelatin may also help your liver detox. This is because amino acids assist the liver in removing toxins from your body.
- Research has shown that gelatin might be of assistance to those suffering with insomnia. This is because the glycine in gelatin plays a role in producing and regulating neurotransmitters in the brain. As a result, consuming gelatin before bed can actually help improve how well you sleep.
Of course glycine and proline are also in collagen, which is why gelatin can have a lot of the same effects. And although we make those particular amino acids in our bodies, we can do with a top up when required. Cue I Quit Sugar Gut Lovin’ Gelatin.
And in case that wasn’t enough…
Not convinced yet? There’s a couple of other reasons why we think our particular gelatin really is the next big thing.
- It’s 100 per cent natural. That is, it contains no other ingredients than the gelatin itself. This also means it’s lactose free.
- It’s produced in Australia. Which happens to be acclaimed for using best practice beef production processes.
- The beef we use is pasture-raised. Which means it’s predominantly grass-fed (although in cases where drought or other factors are at play, it may be grain-finished).
- It’s housed in responsible packaging.
- It’s not organic, but due to the manufacturing processes, NO gelatin is. However, we’ve tried to source the most ethically and environmentally sustainable sources that we can.
Looking for some further reading?
Here are some of the sources we found interesting about why gelatin is so good:
- Gelatin in Nutrition and Medicine by Nathan Ralph Gotthofer (Grayslake Gelatin Company, 1945).
- Glycine: A new anti-inflammatory immunonutrient by Michael D Wheeler et al in Cellular and Molecular LifeSciences Volume 56, November, 1999.
- Joint Health: Glucosamine and Gelatin by David Pearson in Strength & Conditioning Journal Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2000.
- Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin by Daniel Kaayla (Weston Price Foundation), 2003.
- Glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep quality in human volunteers, correlating with polysomnographic change by Wataru Yamadera et al in Sleep and Biological Rhythms Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2007.
Have you used gelatin to help improve your health?