If you or anyone of your relatives or friends has spent some time in a hospital you have probably noticed that patients are given Jello with virtually every meal they receive. Most people assume that this is due to the bouncy texture and bright colors which cheer people up. Turns out they couldn’t be further from the truth. The gelatin in Jello actually provides a wide plethora of health benefits and healing properties that accelerate the healing process and soothe the gut.
What Is Gelatin and How Is It Made?
Gelatin is a colorless, brittle, and flavorless protein obtained by boiling animal bones, skin, ligaments and tendons with water. It is typically obtained from pigs or cows to extract the collagen. Collagen is the material which connects skin, bones, and muscle in animals, and it becomes gelatin when it is processed.
Gelatin is made up of up to 98-99 percent protein, and due to its extremely high amino acid content it provides a wide range of healing properties for the human body. So, it`s no wonder that it is so often used in hospitals.
How Gelatin Heals
Bone and Joint Health
If you are hospitalized, you will spend a lot of time in bed, meaning that your joints and bones need support in order to heal. In various studies, gelatin has been shown to improve both joint and bone health, especially in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
In one study, 80 individual with osteoarthritis received a gelatin supplement for 70 days. Amazingly, those who supplemented with gelatin reported a reduction in joint stiffness and pain. In another study, 97 athletes supplemented with gelatin for 24 weeks and reported a reduction in joint pain, both during activity and at rest.
Brain Function and Mental Health
Gelatin helps get your brain on the track as it is packed with glycine, a compound that is associated with brain function. According to one study, taking glycine improved certain aspects of attention and memory.
Helps You to Sleep
Glycine has been found to help improve sleep. This was proven in a study in which people took three grams of glycine before bedtime. They reported an easier time falling asleep, improved sleep quality, and feeling less tired in the morning.
Improves Gut Health
Jello is often given to patients as it is easy to digest, chew, and known to improve the gut in the process. Glutamic acid found in gelatin has been found to improve gut health and help prevent leaky gut.
Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe
- 1 cup organic green tea
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
- 3 tablespoons gelatin powder
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- Boil the green tea
- Stir in the organic honey
- Add the gelatin powder and set aside
- Once cool, add the orange juice
- Pour into a container and refrigerate
More Ways to Consume Gelatin
If you aren’t a fan of jello, you can obtain gelatin`s benefits by eating bone broth or taking supplements.