Gelatin is basically cooked collagen. Collagen exists in the bones, hides, and connective tissues of many animals, as well as humans.
As collagen makes up almost one-third of all the protein in the human body, it is responsible for everything from how many wrinkles we have to whether or not we have stiff joints after sitting too long.
By ingesting gelatin, however, we give our bodies new stepping stones with which to build more collagen.
Gelatin contains 18 amino acids. Many of these amino acids are “essential,” meaning they can’t be produced by our bodies and must be acquired as part of our diet.
Because of its ability to coat and heal the stomach, some experts suggest adding Gelatin to the diet to help alleviate food and other allergies.
Other health benefits to Gelatin:
- Supports skin, hair and nail growth
- Good for joints and can help joint recovery
- Can help tighten loose skin
- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive tract
- Rumored to help improve cellulite
- Great source of dietary collagen
- Great source of protein