Most people would know gelatin as the (relatively) 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.
- 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
And 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.
4 tablespoons grass fed Gelatin, mixed into 1/2 cup filtered water
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1-2 tablespoon raw honey, or any other sweetener
1 cup filtered water
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.
Simmer for another 5-7 minutes, until berries have softened. I like to taste test here to make sure enough of the berry flavour has come through. If not, cook for another few minutes.
Once bloomed, add your gelatin mixture and stir constantly until the gelatin has dissolved (approx 1 minute).
Strain your mixture through a fine mesh sieve 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.
Once set, pop out of moulds and enjoy cool. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
Note: you can use whatever flavour combinations you like with your jellies, 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