I’ve been an enormous fan of gelatin since our household went on the GAPS diet and it helped my son find a way to tolerate dairy once more. I’ve additionally seen large advantages with my pores and skin, hair, and nails since I started incorporating extra gelatin and collagen into my weight loss plan.
What Is Collagen?
In brief, collagen is an insoluble protein that accounts for 1/3 of the protein in our our bodies and 70% of the protein in our pores and skin. Many persons are acquainted with its position within the pores and skin, which is why it’s in so many magnificence merchandise. What many individuals don’t understand is collagen is a lot greater than only a magnificence treatment. (More on that later.)
The collagen molecule is a posh protein made up of over 1,000 amino acids, the principle ones being proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline (in a distinctive triple helix configuration of three polypeptide subunits. (Sorry, science nerd second!)
But what does this imply on a sensible stage?
Why We Need Collagen
It means collagen is extremely robust. In truth, kind I collagen (a sort discovered within the human physique) is stronger than metal gram for gram. It is prime to wholesome cell copy, joints, connective tissue, and extra.
The explicit amino acids in collagen and gelatin are mentioned to be particularly useful within the physique for:
The essential factor to know is that these amino acids come from bones and cartilege (often from cows) and are usually not present in muscle meats. As we commerce conventional cooking strategies like making homemade bone broth for contemporary comfort, we’re getting much less and fewer collagen and gelatin in our diets.
More in a bit on how to make up the hole, however first:
How to Boost Collagen Protein (From the Inside Out)
Here’s the factor. All of these magnificence merchandise that comprise collagen received’t do a lot on your pores and skin. This is as a result of collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the pores and skin. That doesn’t imply collagen isn’t actually useful although… simply that we have now to get it from the within out.
So how to get it? There are just a few methods:
Natural Sources of Gelatin
Collagen (and gelatin, its cooked counterpart) is of course present in top quality broth and in cuts of meat that comprise pores and skin or bone. If you’ve ever made bone broth and had it “gel” when it cooled, that is due to the collagen naturally present within the bones and connective tissue, which turns into gelatin when cooked.
There are additionally gelatin powders like this that comprise 6 grams of protein per tablespoon and are comparatively odorless and tasteless. This makes them simple to combine into heat drinks or recipes for an additional enhance of high quality protein,
Natural Sources of Collagen
Collagen has most of the similar properties as gelatin and is the shape truly discovered within the physique. When we lack collagen due to weight loss plan or getting older, we want a method to get it from the within out.
Collagen and gelatin aren’t interchangeable, however they each do have their benefits. Some folks, particularly these with extreme digestive points, received’t deal with pure gelatin protein properly till they handle their digestive issues. Bone broth is a good possibility on this case, however one other good possibility is collagen peptides (one other title for hydrolyzed collagen/collagen hydrolysate), which is basically a cold-water soluble and extra simply digestible type of gelatin.
Because of the unique way hydrolyzed collagen is prepared, it has larger quantities of the amino acids that assist wholesome cell progress and copy particularly in connective tissues, hair, pores and skin tissue, cartilage, ligaments and so forth. It additionally absorbs extra shortly due to a decrease molecular fee.
How to Use Collagen Hydrolysate and Gelatin Powders
My absolute favourite supply of gelatin and collagen is home made bone broth (or a high quality grass-fed bone broth like this one), but it surely isn’t all the time attainable to have entry to home made broth.
As a lot as I like broth, there are additionally instances (like a scorching August) when a cup of sizzling broth is just not very interesting, so I desire a totally different possibility as an alternative.
Gelatin powder and collagen powder are nice choices that we use usually as an alternative of broth.
Gelatin Powder Uses
Gelatin is nice not solely due to its benefits however due to its potential to “gel” in recipes. It works rather well in jellos, marshmallows, and different recipes because of this.We use gelatin for making a whole lot of totally different gut-healthy recipes like:
The one draw back to gelatin powder… it solely mixes into heat/sizzling liquids and clumps up in chilly drinks due to its potential to gel. Enter collagen!
Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder Uses
Collagen powder received’t gel like common gelatin, but it surely dissolves simply each in chilly drinks (like smoothies) and sizzling drinks. I exploit it nearly day by day for protein and wholesome fat added to:
Bonus: It’s not solely good for you however provides a scrumptious creaminess and froth! Here’s the brand we use.
What We Do
We nonetheless drink bone broth recurrently (both home made or this brand). I additionally nonetheless use common grass-fed gelatin in something we want to “gel.” I’ve discovered that everybody in our household appears to digest the collagen hydrolysate/peptides type extra simply, so now we use that more often than not for a fast enhance of protein.
I’m curious- have you ever ever tried gelatin or collagen hydrolysate? How did it give you the results you want? Share under!
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries, MD, Family Physician and Medical Director of SteadyMD. As all the time, this isn’t private medical recommendation and we suggest that you simply speak along with your physician.