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Happy New Year!!!
I wanted to bring in the new year with a health challenge for myself and all my readers. I thought it would be fun to host a challenge that everyone could benefit from. Last week I was reading about Gelatin and all the health benefits of consuming it and I thought it would be a great to host a challenge to encourage you (and myself) to consume more GELATIN!
Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen made from the bones, skin, connective tissue and joints of animals. Gelatin is extremely nourishing to the body. It helps to repair the gut, promotes healing and growth in the body, is ani-inflammatory and is pro thyroid. Gelatin is also known to promote weight loss and reduce sagging skin and cellulite!
From Gelatin, Stress, Longevity by Ray Peat, Ph.D.
“People have asked me why I recommend gelatin since I recommend eating only whole foods. That is right, but we rarely eat whole foods, including whole animal foods. We throw away the bones and skin and are told not to eat the skin because it has fat in it. However this is precisely here where the gelatin is found. Gelatin contains thyroid-protective amino acids which can help balance the anti-thyroid (thyroid-suppressing) amino acids prevalent in muscle meats (beef, lamb, poultry and fish), mainly cysteine and tryptophan. In addition, the anti-thyroid amino acids are released in large quantities during stress and hypothyroidism itself increases the catabolism (tearing down) of protein even though general metabolism is slowed down.
Both tryptophan and cysteine inhibit thyroid function and mitochondrial energy production, and have other effects that decrease the ability to withstand stress. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, which causes inflammation, immunodepression, and generally the same changes seen in aging. Histidine is another amino acid precursor to a mediator of inflammation, histamine.
Gelatin contains no tryptophan, and only small amounts of cysteine, methionine, and histidine. The main amino acids in gelatin are glycine and proline; alanine is also present in significant quantity. 35% of the amino acids are glycine, 11% alanine and 21% proline and hydroxyproline. These amino acids have cyto (cell) protective actions. Increasing consumption of gelatin and gelatin-rich foods will support normal function and structure in people who have a tendency towards the degenerative and inflammatory diseases of aging.” – Ray Peat PhD
6 Week Gelatin Challenge
This challenge is easy! All you have to do is eat gelatin rich foods every day. This can be done by drinking homemade bone broth, eating homemade marshmallows and even jello!
I will be participating in the challenge and will be posting several gelatin recipes over the next 6 weeks!
There will be THREE winners picked via random.org!
A great tool for making bone broth!
Add to drinks and smoothies or use to make jello and marshmallows!
Prize #3 Pyrex 17 peice Glass Bakeware Set with Blue Lids – $58.88 Value! Set includes 1-ea 3 quart oblong,8 inch square, 2-ea 1 cup round storage dishes with blue plastic covers.
How to Enter the Challenge
1)To participate in this challenge you will need to sign up for my monthly newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Just know that you must be subscribed in order to be eligible to win the prizes. I cross check the winners to make sure they are signed up for my newsletter before I contact them. Your email address will only be used for The Coconut Mama monthly newsletter and will not be sold or shared with anyone.
2) Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. You can earn an extra entry EVERYDAY you consume gelatin! You can earn more entries for subscribing via email, following me on Pinterest or liking my facebook page! To enter the challenge all you need to do is click the “Enter” button on all entries that you complete.
PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is open to US residents only.
Gelatin, stress, longevity by Ray Peat, Ph.D.
Protein – Why It Is So Important By Lita Lee, Ph.D.