I took Gelatin for 4 months to discover: Is Gelatin is the new beauty super food? To my surprise, I discovered 5 other gelatin health benefits and uses.
While living in Japan 10 years ago shopping for my multivitamin I would see ‘beauty supplements’ everywhere with ‘collagen’ or gelatin claiming to have skin smoothing properties. There are even gummies and marshmallows available in Japan with added collagen (gelatin) that claim to smooth wrinkles. At the time I remember thinking: what a gimmick! Little did I know the Japanese were on to something.
In this article I’m going to save you money on expensive beauty creams and let you in on some vital wrinkle reducing and health and beauty benefits of gelatin.
Collagen and Beauty:
Let me start this post by explaining collagen and it’s formal use in beauty. We have all seen skin cream containing ‘collagen’. The molecular structure of collagen is simply too large to have any effect on the skin so essentially does not work in this preparation. Save your money and DO NOT buy any face products that contain collagen. While on this topic of skin creams and false claims let me also inform, the only ingredients that can make a difference to your skin’s collagen work to stimulate your own collagen. These ingredients are vitamin c and vitamin a in various forms- these are the only ingredients that stimulate collagen. DO NOT invest $500 in ‘marine collagen’ skin creams, remember La Mer? Every model and their dog was using this $500 marine collagen (great PR campaign!) which is as good for your skin as a jar of nivea cream (which I also no not recommend).
Benefits of taking collagen (gelatin) internally:
- Supports skin, hair and nail growth
- Good for joints and can help joint recovery
- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)
- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive tract
- May help improve cellulite
- Great source of dietary collagen (remember: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams and treatments are completely useless)
- Source of protein in the form of amino acids so may assist with building muscle.
Worried about your skin developing wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks and other signs of aging? Here’s some good news: Consuming gelatin (and taking collagen directly) can help improve your appearance thanks to its positive effects on skin health and cellular rejuvenation.
Collagen is considered a primary building block for skin and is partially what gives skin a youthful, healthy appearance.Gelatin is important for the process of renewing skin cells and can also help block your skin from UV light damage, therefore protecting you from free radical damage, wrinkles and potentially skin cancer. One of the reasons we develop signs of aging is because of collagen depletion, which for most of us usually starts when we are in our 20s or early 30s and only continues to accelerate.
Collagen loss also results in the appearance of cellulite, loose skin and fine lines as a result of skin losing its firmness.
Consuming more gelatin is a smart natural skin care habit because it helps stimulate new and non-fragmented collagen, not only restoring skin’s durability, but also helping you maintain strong hair, nails and teeth.
I noticed the first improvements in my own skin after just 4 weeks. I stopped taking gelatin for a while and noticed my skin was not as soft and smooth. I have personally seen the benefits to my overall skin feel and appearance.
*You can find links to studies relating to the beauty and health benefits of taking collagen as gelatin here.
Other heath benefits of taking Gelatin: Helps with leaky gut and inflammation:
Similarly to collagen, gelatin is beneficial for preventing intestinal damage and improving the lining of the digestive tract, thereby preventing permeability and leaky gut syndrome. You can think of the gut lining as one of the body’s most important lines of defense, since it keeps particles from food, bacteria and yeast inside the digestive system where they belong and prevents leakage into the bloodstream, which triggers inflammation.
Gelatin can improve your ability to produce adequate gastric acid secretions that are needed for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Glycine from gelatin is important for restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and facilitating with the balance of digestive enzymes and stomach acid. When you don’t make the proper amount of enzymes/stomach acid, you can experience common digestive problems like nutrient deficiencies, acid reflux, bloating, indigestion, as well as anemia. Older people often experience more digestive problems because vital digestive juices are lowered during the aging process and worsened by increased stress.
Helps Improve Sleep Quality:
Certain studies have shown that gelatin helps people who continuously experience trouble falling asleep, can’t sleep or who have general unsatisfactory sleep if they take three grams before bedtime. Researchers investigated the effects of gelatin on subjective sleep quality and found that it improved daytime sleepiness, daytime cognitive functions, sleep quality and sleep efficacy (sleep time/in-bed time), plus it shortened the time it took to fall asleep and improved slow-wave sleep without changes in the normal/healthy sleep architecture.
The amino acid glycine is considered an “inhibitory neurotransmitter,” which means it acts similarly to some anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications, only without the unwanted complications and side effects. People use glycine and other forms of amino acid therapy to naturally boost mental clarity and calmness because certain amino acids help lower “stress hormones” like norepinephrine and increase “happy hormones” like GABA.
How to take Gelatin daily:
Hydrolyzed gelatin powder can be mixed into any type of liquid, including soups, broths and stews. Some people even use it in cold water like smoothies or juices. When looking to buy look for an organic product as the animal would not have been fed hormones.
While eating parts of animals that contain collagen and consuming bone broth are both ideal ways to obtain gelatin and collagen, this isn’t always easy or possible. Celebrities like Gweneth Paltrow and celebrity chef Pete Evans are advocates of bone broths for gut health.
Vegetarians and vegans are recommended, where possible to taken gelatin as a supplement as they are often missing these amino acids from their diet.
Personally I take gelatin in a glass of water. 1 x tablespoon daily stirred into a glass of water. I let it ‘bloom’ then drink it. If you don’t like that idea, mixing it with an acidic juice like fresh pineapple juice will help as the acid in pineapple thins the texture and makes it easier to drink.
In summary: Collagen taken orally in the form of gelatin offers many health and beauty benefits from firmer, smoother skin, to improved digestion and even better sleep. I have personally seen the health benefits of gelatin and take it daily.
After taking Gelatin for 4 months I have personally discovered that Gelatin is the new beauty super food and discovered 5 other gelatin health benefits and uses that I have see the effects of first hand.