There are many gelatin health benefits and uses. Gelatin is known to aid digestion and has been used in treatment of intestinal disorders.
There are many health benefits of consuming gelatin. It’s know to aid digestion and has been used in the treatment of intestinal disorders including colitis and Crohn’s disease. I’ve eaten gelatin for years but it wasn’t until I read The Gelatin Secret that I made it part of my daily routine. I now add gelatin to my coffee, my daily smoothie, and always add it to my food when I can.
What Kind Of Gelatin Are We Talking About Here?
Before I get into the benefits of gelatin I want to be clear about what type of gelatin I use (I don’t want you to run down to the store and buy a box of JELL-O thinking it’s healthy). I recommend using gelatin made from pasture raised animals. I know of three companies that make gelatin from grass-fed cows, Vital Proteins and Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Gelatin makes 3 different gelatin powders:
1. Beef Gelatin (RED) – This is the gelatin that you’ll want to buy to make homemade jello, fruit snacks and gummies. (Buy it here)
2. Collagen Hydrolysate (GREEN) – This product is water-soluble, which means it can be added to cold liquid and will NOT solidify. (Buy it here)
3. Porcine Gelatin (Orange) – This product is made from pork and is not kosher. It can be used like the beef gelatin. (Buy it here)
Gelatin Health Benefits and Uses
1. Gut Health – Gelatin is one of the best foods for gut health. It helps to fill holes and damaged areas of the stomach lining and reduces inflammation. Gelatin also increases the amount of gastric acid in they gut, which is needed to breakdown and digest protein.
2. Bone Health – Did you know that our bones are made up of collagen? We hear often that calcium is needed for healthy bones but calcium is needed with collagen to make our bones healthy and strong. Gelatin in bone broth or grass fed powdered gelatin is the best way to get collagen.
3. Joint Health – It’s common knowledge that collagen is needed for healthy joints (the connective tissues in our joins are made up of collagen). According to this study athletes who took a collagen supplement experienced less pain in their joints and saw an increase in performance!
4. Skin & Hair Health – Collagen gives your skin its elasticity and helps to keep your skin wrinkle free. Gelatin is also anti-estrogenic and may help balance hormones and break down fat that causes cellulite. Gelatin also improves the strength and shine of your hair.
How To Use Gelatin
As I mentioned above, I add gelatin to my smoothies, drinks and soups almost daily. I also like to make homemade jello, fruit snacks and protein bars with gelatin too! Below is a list of fun recipes that’ll help you add more gelatin to your diet:
Good Work!! I have written about uses of gelatin in deserts.
Perfect! I’ve been craving for gelatinous sweets/desserts! Thanks for sharing these delicious treats!
Sneaking healthy stuff into my mothers meals!
Can gelatin go bad?
Can we use gelatin in soya paneer(tofu)? Is this uses to tighten the skin of paneer? Please guide me
Where are all the recipes? I click on each of them & all that comes up is the picture. ????
Tiffany - The Coconut Mama
Oh man! Looks like the new update deleted the links! I’ll be working on fixing this this week :/ Sorry!
Have you ever used Marine Collagen? Just wondering why it was left out of this useful article…
Tiffany - The Coconut Mama
I haven’t tried it yet, but I believe it’s a very good option. It wasn’t available when I originally wrote this article.
Will I get the same results with the orange container (pork) as the other two? I have gut problems i need the best one that will help me! I bought the orange one because I was not sure which one to buy!
Does gelatin affect diabetes
I am vegetarian. Is there any gelatin available that is not from anumal products?
I heard of Agar Agar or China Grass. How would I substitute these in your recipes?
Please let me know where to find gelatin,cause I only find gelatin,is there a difference .meaning gelatine
Please let me know where to find gelatin,cause I only find gelatin,is there a difference
I’m trying to stick to the Wheat Belly plan and I put potato starch in my smoothie. Would putting the gelatin in the smoothie also be ok?
Just curious – can Collagen Hydrolysate be added to hot liquids? I drink hot lemon water each a.m. and would love to add Collagen Hydrolysate to it but wasn’t sure if I’d end up turning my drink into jello?!
I am a vegetarian, which gelatin do I use. Pls help. Thank you
Good article. I first learned about this from the book, “Sip Away Your Wrinkles.” I’m a man in my 60s, and I think it has made a definite difference in appearance. I get comments from people who are surprised when they learn my age.
I love your article. I wanted to know whether instead of preparing a beef broth for to have gelatin in my bones and teeth as Weston Price suggested, could I use the gelatin Great lakes that is kosher for me and this way and o not have to prepare meat broth as I do not eat meat much . I prefer to prepare a vegetable broth with no bones. could it be a Gelatin from this brand or other be a good substitute for a meat broth. thaks you for your response
The Coconut Mama
Yes, I think so! I don’t make broth during the summer months and use gelatin instead. There are other benefits to the broths, like minerals and calcium but if you’re getting those from other sources I think you’d be okay to switch to gelatin.
One person on another site mentioned getting jittery and a racing heart from this.. do you think that could happen from taking this?
So, why can’t I read the article or see any recipes?
About how much do you add to a smoothie?
Hi, thanks for the extensive variety of gelatin recipes! Would like to ask if it is it possible to make jello/gummies using gelatin and kefir?
Thank you for this article and recipes. I put 1/2 tbsp of the red can gelatin in my coffee each morning along with 1 tbsp of coconut oil, then blend it for just a bit and my coffee is better and frothier than any Starbucks.
I’m not seeing the word organic anywhere here – beef and pork, and not organic?
Same question here – is the source safe?
Hi there, I was just wondering if this was also an aid to losing weight. I know a healthy diet and excercise is the best, this sounds healthy so I’m guessing it might help in the losing weight area too. Any thoughts?
I was just thinking about gelatin this week and wondering what the health benefits were! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! Thanks for the links to grass-fed gelatin products!
I just started using Gelatin in my OJ before or after I take a walk. I have a question, I noticed that it makes me feel full all day,is that normal for this product??,, It would be great if I needed to lose weight,but I don’t, I’m skinny, I want increase my weight & muscle, I also started the Gelatin because I needed to add more protein for nutrition,will I get the protein benefit in Jello?? I hope you can help, if you would,please PM on FB or email. Thank you, Norma
I’d like to know the answer to all the comments made below. I don’t see any answers.