Big benefits to your health are all around you – in little supplements on the store shelves, and even more so in the foods you choose to eat. Just knowing what to consume – and when – can be the difference between feeling just okay…
And feeling your very best!
As we covered in our post about bone broth, natural gelatin (also known as collagen) can have a huge impact on the health of your hair, skin, nails, immune system, and beyond. It has become an integral part of my diet since being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune condition of the thyroid) – and it really helps!
Collagen truly is a “wonder food,” with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, that impacts many different areas of health. In the modern Standard American Diet (SAD), however, we don’t get collagen from many of its natural sources – the connective tissues in tough cuts and various “throw away” bits of meat. Unlike our ancestors, who had to use every bit of an animal’s meat to survive, we’re missing out on vital nutrients because we’re simply casting aside the collagen-rich parts.
Fortunately, bone broth is but one way to boost the amount of collagen you take in. One of the best, easiest ways to up your collagen intake is the amazing, water-soluble collagen hydrolysate. Bone broth will always be my favorite way to get my daily gelatin, but I don’t always have it readily available (or it’s just too hot for broth in the summer). Collagen hydrolysate is an easily digestible alternative for replacing those important proteins that are missing from our modern diets.
The hydrolysis process renders the collagen into its component amino acids – those robust little helpers like glycine and proline that help functions throughout your brain and body – making them much easier to absorb. When collagen has been hydrolyzed, it becomes water-soluble, meaning that it can be easily added to any beverage (hot OR cold).
That means that adding collagen hydrolysate to tea, coffee, lemonade, smoothies – and so on – will provide the benefits of the potent amino acids contained within. Those benefits and functions include:
- Stimulating blood cell growth
- Improving joint function
- Repairing and building cartilage
- Stronger hair
- Healthier skin
- Improving concentration
- Stabilizing mood
- Increasing energy levels
…And much, much more.
Collagen hydrolysate is extremely powerful stuff! Just one tablespoon also contains 6 grams of protein. From aches and pains to helping your digestive tract, just this one powerhouse of a solution can make a big difference in how you feel all over.
My preferred brand is Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (green label), though some people also prefer their red label gelatin for cooking. Hydrolysate and gelatin contain the same beneficial amino acids, but hydrolysate has been further processed to make it more easily digestible, as well as water-soluble. The gelatin, however, is great for cooking some healthy treats, such as:
Do your body a favor and explore ways to boost your collagen/gelatin intake. Whether it’s collagen hydrolysate, cooking with gelatin, consuming more bone broth, or a combination of any of those methods – the health benefits are undeniable.
Your skin, muscles, and joints will all benefit from the cell generation and connective tissue building attributes of collagen, while the proteins will help your digestive, circulatory, AND mental health. As our bodies age, these important amino acids play an increasingly vital role in helping us feel our best – and we need collagen to get them!