Most people would know gelatin as the tasteless, odourless powder that is used as a gelling agent and makes your jelly, pana cotta and other desserts jiggle. However there are some great health benefits of grass-fed, well sourced gelatin powder. 

Gelatin is made from collagen, the most abundant structural protein, and provides us with essential amino acids, making it great for gut health. 

Gelatin Benefits

  • Reduces joint inflammation and pain
  • Improves skin elasticity and appearance (think cellulite, acne, stretch marks etc)
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Improves moods and brain function
  • Provides anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Helps reduce inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Supports healing of leaky gut by improving digestive tract lining and decreasing permability
  • Improves absorption of nutrients in the gut
  • Can reduce bloating
  • Can improve constipation
  • Supports the healthy function of our thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Supports healthy hormone function (this is particularly beneficial for women!)
  • When taken as a supplement it improves skin, nail, teeth, hair and joint health as you age – we start to lose collagen in our body’s in our 20’s

This is just scratching at the surface! 

A simple way to consume gelatin on a daily basis is through a good quality, grass fed powder (such as this, or this) mixed into soups, sauces, pana cotta, bullet proof coffee or jelly and gummies. Here is a recipe for gummies that I love to make as a snack 

GUT FRIENDLY GUMMIES

Ingredients
4 tablespoons grass fed Gelatin, mixed into 1 cup filtered water
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 cup frozen Blueberries
1 1/2 cups frozen Raspberries
1 generous tablespoon raw honey
1 cup filtered water

Method
Mix your gelatin and water in a small bowl and set aside for a few minute to soften and bloom.

In a saucepan, add the rest of your ingredients and turn to a low heat.

Add your gelatin mixture and stir constantly until the gelatin has dissolved.

immer for another 5-7 minutes, until colour and flavour has leeched from the berries and they have softened. 

Strain your mixture through a fine mesh sieve (save the berry pulp for your next smoothie or as a jam/coulis!) and pour into whatever moulds you like – silicone ones work best. 

Set aside to cool at room temperature, then place into the fridge for 3-5 hours to completely set. 

Enjoy cool and store in the fridge

Note: you can use whatever flavour combinations you like with your gummies, and if you like them harder – simply add 3/4 filtered water to the saucepan, rather than 1 cup. Similarly, if you like them more of a jelly ‘jiggly’ consistency, add up to 1 1/2 cups water to your saucepan

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