When most people think of gelatin, they associate it with jello. But gelatin is so much more than that. Gelatin is actually a protein which is a colorless, solid substance which comes from animal bones. It is used in food products, mostly as a gelling agent. It is also used in medicines and cosmetics.
Bone broth is known to have tremendous healing powers on our body and is a great source of gelatin. But for some people, making bone broth can be a challenge to fit into a regular routine. Great Lakes Gelatin is an excellent way to incorporate this important protein into your daily routine. It is a broth powder made from the bones, cartilage, collagen, and minerals of grass fed, pasture raised animals. It is important to get gelatin from a reputable source. You don't want to purchase gelatin that was derived from an animal who was fed antibiotics or GMO's.
The collagen from gelatin serves as an excellent source for maintaining healthy skin. Collagen aids in giving our skin elasticity, renewal of skin cells, firmness, and strength. Unfortunately as we age, we lose collagen. You have probably seen the marketing campaigns in the cosmetic world advertising collagen in their products. But is is more effective to take it internally rather than rubbing a cream on our skin. Studies have shown collagen has a tough time actually being absorbed through the skin because it is too big of a molecule. And of course the fact that everyone loves to hear is that because gelatin is responsible for an increase of new collagen production in our skin, the health and overall appearance of our skin improves. It also makes our skin less prone to wrinkles.
The minerals in gelatin give strength to our hair, teeth, and nails. You can simply add a teaspoon of gelatin powder (cold water soluble - otherwise it will gel) to your shampoo. Gelatin is also known for helping with weight loss because by adding this nutritious protein to your diet, you will feel full and satisfied. It also aids in digestion because it helps increase the hydrochloric acid in our stomach. Bone and joint support is a big plus as well. Of course as we age, many people experience achy joints as well as bone loss. I have a family history of osteoporosis so I want to do as much as I can to protect my bones. This is a great source to combat those problems. Balancing hormones, building muscle, and reducing inflammation in our body are other things worth mentioning as a benefit of incorporating gelatin into your diet.
I have been using the Great Lakes brand and am pleased with it. I mostly use the one with the green label. It is cold water soluble and is labeled Collagen Hydrolysate. You can add a tablespoon or two to your morning cup of tea, smoothie, mix it into your oatmeal, or really just about anything. You won't even taste it and know it is there. I promise! Now the red labeled version is a different story. It does clump in colder liquids and you will know it is there. That is best used in making things you want to gel. Such as gummy treats, marshmallows, jello, things of that nature. Whatever you do, do NOT put the red label kind in your shampoo. You will end up with little clumps of gelatin in your hair and it is tough to rinse that out. I learned that one the hard way ;) However, we love making gummy treats with the red label gelatin. It's a healthy and addictive little treat! I purchased my gelatin through Amazon and that seems to be the best buy that I have found.