Smooth Skin, Soothe Joints with Collagen! - Guest Post by Eat Clean Marin April 23 2017
"Gelatin is a type of protein derived from collagen, which is found in animal skin, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Gelatin provides us with a specific set amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) that confer a multitude of healing effects on the body.
Traditional diets of our ancestors typically included higher amounts of gelatin, since an “eating the whole animal" approach was popular. Today, the average person’s diet tends to mostly consist of muscle meats such as chicken breast or filet mignon, while the “gelatinous” parts (like collagen) of the animals are usually discarded.
You may have heard the buzz lately around bone broth, a rich source of naturally occurring gelatin. Research shows that consuming gelatin regularly can help improve joint inflammation and decrease joint pain, improve sleep, alleviate gut and digestion issues, keep you feeling satiated longer, and improve skin health. However, many of us don’t have the time or the desire to make or sip on bone broth daily. Hydrolyzed gelatin powder, which is virtually odorless and tasteless, is a practical and simple alternative that can be sneaked into a lot of different foods and drinks to obtain the same benefits as sipping the broth itself.
Below are favorite ways to use gelatin powder:
1. Add 1-2 tablespoons to your favorite Bolognese or pasta sauce, whether homemade or store-bought.
2. Add it to your smoothie. Two tablespoons provides you with 12 grams of protein.
3. Add 1-2 tablespoons to your favorite soup or stew.
4. Add 1⁄2-1 tablespoon to a glass of warm milk (substitute with coconut milk for a dairy free option) and raw honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon before bed for the perfect “sleepy-time” drink.
It’s important to choose a high quality gelatin powder, one that has been derived from pasture-raised or grass-fed animals since these animals are healthier overall and not raised using artificial hormones or antibiotics. One of my favorites is Great Lakes, Collagen Hydrolysate."
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