Joint & Inflammation - Benefits of Gelatin
Strengthen Joint Cartilage & Tissue
Gelatin and hydrolysed collagen is fantastic for muscle, bone and joint health. It has huge anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Gelatin is derived from heating / breaking down of collagen. Collagen is the protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, and is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. All essential for optimal bone and joint health. Gelatin contains 18 key amino acids, some of which are known to reduce inflammation helping conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms. Gelatin and hydrolysed collagen has been reported to contribute to the development/growth of cartilage which strengthens joints and bones, and increases mobility and range of movement.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body providing the foundation of our musculoskeletal system. This is crucial for mobility. The amino acid proline, found in gelatin, can contribute to the maintenance of healthy joints, tendons and ligaments. It is a critical component of cartilage and works in conjunction with Vitamin C in keeping skin and joints healthy. It seems that no matter who you talk to, they say that they have inflammation of some sort, somewhere in their body. Knees, ankles, elbows, everywhere………….
The BIG questions – What is inflammation? Why is it there? What can we do about it?
Inflammation is defined as “a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.” The good news is the inflammation action is most beneficial to our body when our body is trying to repair a wound or fight an illness, like when you have had a fever or a sore throat. This is the body’s way of protecting us, repairing us, looking after us. So what about when we have joint pain or inflammation of the gastro intestinal tract or inflammation of the bowel? Here’s a fun fact – Did you know any medical term with the word “itis” at the end means inflammation? Colitis – inflammation of the colon. In short, inflammation is the body’s response to outside threats like stress, infection, or toxic chemicals. When the immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. Let’s think about that statement. “Outside threats like stress or toxic chemicals” Wouldn’t this be an everyday occurrence? Well it can be for some people and that is why we see a huge increase in auto immune diseases and arthritic conditions. This is also why it is extremely important to look after what God gave us. Our body is a vessel to carry us around in – just like a car. If you don’t look after your car it will deteriorate. Leave it out in the sun – the paint will fade. Fill it with the wrong fuel and see what happens! Our bodies are no different. Leave us out in the sun and what happens to our protective organ – the skin. It gets damaged. Sunburn or worse, skin cancer, melanoma etc. Fill our body with the wrong fuel – high fat and sugar laden diets – well, you won’t function at your optimum, will you? We need to put the correct fuel in. What is the correct fuel I hear you ask? Food that gives us energy. Protein, fibre, carbohydrates. Food that feeds our cells and nurtures them to grow. Not food that creates inflammation like refined sugars and greasy fatty McDonalds (sorry Macca’s).
SO HOW DOES GELATIN COME INTO THIS EQUATION?
Gelatin hydrolysed collagen has some amazing health properties, but today we are giving credit to the glycine in the Gelatin. Glycine is an amino acid that has been found to reduce inflammation and is used to help create muscle tissue and convert glucose to energy. It also helps to boost our levels of creatine, which helps build muscle mass. Glycine helps to repair damaged tissues and reduce inflammation, without it our wounds would never heal. About 1/3 of collagen (this is the stuff that keeps our skin and connective tissue firm and flexible) is made of glycine. So because Gelatin is full of Glycine (and many other goodies) we are able to tackle the inflammation issue that is within our bodies. We would all have to agree; less inflammation would be better quality of life. Gelatin – natural, cannot be chemically reproduced, affordable, many health benefits. Get some goodness into your body today.
In clinical trials, people taking gelatin (around two grams daily) tend to experience less inflammation, less pain in the joints or muscles, better recovery, and even improved athletic abilities compared to people taking a placebo.