Gelatin enhances your protein content as it consists of 90% protein, yeah that is a lot of protein! It includes 18 out of the 19 amino acids as well as 8 out of the 9 essential amino acids. Through increased protein intake gelatin increases the production of collagen in your body, it is that simple and can assist for ageing skin, osteoarthritis, weak and brittle bones, unhappy nails and a whole host of other horrible things we have to put up with as we age.
What is gelatin?
Do you remember how once upon a time, that far back that our hunter-gather ancestors foraged food in order to sustain themselves? That’s correct! Gelatin exists from as far back as those times.
Do you think our ancestors had the methods in production as we do today? Nope! They cooked and ate the entire animal, including the skin, tendons, and other gelatin-rich cuts.
Now you know, gelatin is made of animal products, not only the cuts popular in today’s society but the entire animal.
Our ancestors lived way into their hundreds, and it’s understandably relatable to their diet. Less chronic illnesses, which is now quite prevalent in our modern society.
Those hearty meals that Ouma Sue use to cook, keeping you fuller for longer, and filled with all the nutrients our bodies are lacking today! I don’t know about you, but I’m surely missing the many benefits of this high in protein health food.
How is gelatin made?
Today’s modern gelatin is made through an extremely long and sciencey boiling process. All the waste of the entire animal, namely the skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones is boiled at a very high temperature for about 6 – 8 hours, very complicated, with water. The gel-like substance on the top of this brothy boil, when cooled, reforms into a semi-solid substance which we know as gelatin. It looks like a jelly-like goo to me.
At My Beauty Luv, the hydrolyzed gelatin collagen booster undergoes an extra step called hydrolysis. The gelatin gets broken down by using the hydrogen molecules in water after going into an enzyme bath. This process breaks the natural protein chain of the gelatin for easier absorption for your body. Of course you want it!
Understanding the composition of gelatin
Gelatin is a biopolymer, biopoly what, is exactly what I thought.. (polymers are produced or derived from living organisms), and consists of a large number of extremely important protein building blocks, namely: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline residues. The building blocks that keep us together, and standing!
Is gelatin better than collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, as it accounts for 30% of your protein mass. We also now know that gelatin is a very high source of protein as it is a cooked form of collagen. Therefore, their applications vary significantly.
However, when looking at the type of collagen (I’ll be focusing on the two types predominately used in today’s market) you are consuming, this will identify whether collagen or gelatin is better for you.
Type 1 collagen: The amino acids are sourced from the hides of the animal, and this boosts collagen-synthesis in these key areas: hair skin and nails.
Type 2 collagen: The amino acids are sourced from the bones of the animal, and this boosts collagen-synthesis in these key areas: joints (cartilage and tendons).
Gelatin: The amino acids are sourced from the skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones through a prolonged boiling method and this boosts repair and collagen-synthesis in your whole body. Gelatin can be seen as a full-body collagen promoter.
I personally would like the benefits for my whole body, but someone in their 30’s that is starting to become more aware of ageing may want to focus on their hair, skin, and nails, and someone in their 70’s that is struggling with aches and pains may want the focus to be predominately on their joints. It is a personal choice, but either way, we’ve got you covered!
Benefits of Gelatin
Being a high protein amino acid supplement, gelatin shows off with the following benefits for your body:
- Improvement in joint and bone health
- Improving signs of skin ageing
- Stronger hair
- Positive effects on brain function and mental health
- Improving the quality of sleep
- Aiding in weight loss through better digestion and improving gut health.
Exciting new research is also showing promise in the following areas of health:
- Reducing liver damage
- Helping with type 2 diabetes, and
- Slowing cancer growth
Great source of amino acids
Amino acids are your body’s building blocks and are critical for human body cellular repair. Gelatin compromises of 18 out of your 19 amino acids, and 8 out of you 9 essential amino acids.
These amino acids include:
- Glycine 21%
- Proline 13%
- Hydroxyproline 12%
- Glutamic acid 10%
- Alanine 9%
- Arginine 8%
- Aspartic acid 6%
- Serine 4%
- Tyrosine <0.5%
- Lysine 4%
- Leucine 3%
- Valine 2%
- Phenylalanine 2%
- Theonine 2%
- Isoleucine 1%
- Hydroxylysine 1%
- Methionine and histidine <1%
As we get older our bodies produce less of these amino acids, scary I know, making it very important to restore these amino acids to aid with ageing, and cell repair. Apart from the many food choices out there, supplementing with our My Beauty Luv Hydrolyzed Collagen Booster benefits you in just that!
Healthy body tissues
As stated previously, gelatin being packed with your non-essential, and essential amino acids provide your body with enough of these building blocks to aid in cellular repair for all tissues in the human body. It is important for the body to have enough of these to continuously repair and protect the cells in your body. We cannot stop the process of ageing, but we can definitely reduce the impacts of ageing in our bodies. It’s a no brainer!
Improving signs of skin ageing such as dryness, scaling and loss of elasticity. Are you serious? Ageing gracefully is actually a thing?
The loss of elasticity in your skin is a result of the ageing process. The older you get, the less collagen is produced in your body, which compromises your skin’s collagen matrix.
This is exactly why gelatin being so rich in protein boosts your skin’s collagen production, helping in the reduction in collagen fragmentation.
Now it makes sense!
Aids with digestion
As we saw in our amino acids chart, glutamic acid, abundant in gelatin can improve gut health with continuous consumption. With improved gut health, we improve and protect our intestine’s lining, and help with antioxidant activity. Ladies, that means less bloating on your date nights!
Increase in bone strength
As a degraded collagen, gelatin containing lysine (your essential amino acid) helps increase bone mineral density and bone formation. Easily put, it helps strengthen the bones. Lysine also helps improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium, which can help prevent thinning of the bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be the life of the party in their 70’s.
Easing joint pain
The proteins of gelatin help improve your joint health as it gathers in your cartilage, thus reducing pain and stiffness. Yes, that means more mobility because you’re increasing the density of your cartilage and decreasing the inflammation, aiding in the reduction of bone degradation. That saying of squeaky bones won’t even be a thought.
Improves quality of sleep
I love my sleep, and I’m sure you’re just as cranky if you’re lacking sleep or feeling sleepy because of a bad nights rest. The hero amino acid glycine, as we have seen with many other benefits found in gelatin is said to help improve your quality of sleep and reduce this sleepy feeling during the day.
Since your hair is made from protein (keratin - that is why you see keratin in most hair care products), the extra protein from denatured gelatin helps support your hair follicles and papilla, making it stronger. A stronger follicle and papilla leads to stronger and healthier hair. Oh, and one more thing, your scalp will be thanking you!
Can aid in weight loss
Gelatin is a dense protein and protein keeps you fuller for longer. This is scientifically proven. The reason for this is the prolonged time it takes for the protein to be broken down in your digestive process. If you are fuller for longer, you’ll naturally eat less. Gelatin is also low in calories and has been shown to boost your metabolism and aid in suppressing one’s appetite. Don’t get too excited ladies, you still have to eat right.
The high levels of glycine in gelatin can have a positive effect on your brain function. Glycine has been shown to improve memory function and help certain aspects of attention. Kind of sounds like the perfect gift for your husband and kids right? Over and above the improvement in memory function, it has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health. How remarkable that there are even studies showing It is said to reduce the effects of mental illnesses like schizophrenia. And you thought it was just to help with your wrinkles hey!
Where can you find high quality gelatin supplements?
Look no further! We’ve got your sagging skin and weak knees covered. My Beauty Luv Hydrolyzed Gelatin Collagen Booster, available now!