Looking to get more gelatin into your diet but don’t like making bone broth? Well, I still think you should be making broth, it is super good for you, however, gummies are a great way to get in some gut-healing nutrients as well as enjoy a fun little treat. Gelatin contains two amino acids that are typically lacking in our diets, glycine and proline. Glycine in particular is wonderful important for healthy skin, nails, hair, as well as connective tissue.
I use the Peptipro Australian Beef Gelatin, it’s the gelatin that “sets” (orange tub), which enables you to make these tasty gummy bears. It’s the Orange container that gels, it’s unflavoured and sourced from Australian Beef cattle.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially type 1 collagen. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.
Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. We can thank this degenerative process for signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains due to weaker or decreased cartilage.
You can find the recipe for the Gummies below.
What Is Collagen? A few Collagen Benefits
1. Improves Health of Skin and Hair
As we age, collagen production declines — it’s happening as you read this! You’ll notice it physically: looser skin, more wrinkles and less elasticity. Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally.
Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, there’s another side effect: more visible cellulite. Because your skin is now thinner, cellulite becomes more evident — no more hiding what’s happening below the surface. Improving your skin’s elasticity through collagen helps reduce that dimpling on your skin.
2. Reduces Joint Pains and Degeneration
Have you ever felt like you’ve got “skeleton legs,” the types that feel extra stiff and cause pain when you move? Yup, that’s likely a loss of collagen rearing its ugly head. That’s because when we lose collagen, our tendons and ligaments start moving with less ease, leading to stiffness, swollen joints and more.
With its gel-like, smooth structure that covers and holds our bones together, collagen allows us to glide and move without pain. Think of ingesting more collagen like greasing a creaky door hinge: It helps your joints move more easily, reduces pain often associated with aging and even reduces the risk of joint deterioration. A recent study even found that collagen is an effective treatment for treating osteoarthritis and other joint pain and disorders.
3. Helps Heal Leaky Gut
If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, a condition where bad-for-you toxins are able to pass through your digestive tract, collagen can be super-helpful. It helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids.
The biggest digestive benefit of consuming more collagen is that it helps form connective tissue and therefore “seals and heals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Today, we know that many illnesses can actually be traced back to inflammation or irritation stemming from an unhealthy gut. Poor gut health — including changes in the gut microbiome and permeability in the gut lining — allows particles to pass into the bloodstream where they can kick off an inflammatory cascade (hence the name leaky gut syndrome).
Supplementing with collagen can help treat gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders, including leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Boosts Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy Output
A boost in collagen may help increase your metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your frame and helping with the conversion of essential nutrients. One of glycine’s most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells. And remember that retaining muscle mass is crucial as you age, since it helps support posture, bone health and burns more calories than fat. When consuming collagen, you can benefit from also consuming vitamin C to ensure your body can convert the collagen into a useable protein. This can begin to restore the source or your energy and vitality.
That’s not all that glycine can do for your metabolism. Research shows glycine also has important roles in both functions of the digestive and central nervous systems, which play big roles in maintaining a healthy, youthful body. Glycine seems to help slow the effects of aging by improving the body’s use of antioxidants and is also used in the process of constructing healthy cells from DNA and RNA.
In addition, it’s been found that arginine boosts the body’s ability to make protein from other amino acids, which is important for repairing muscle tissue, healing wounds, sparing tissue wasting, boosting the metabolism, and aiding in proper growth and development. And glutamine also helps maintain adequate energy by facilitating the synthesizing of many chemicals. This amino acid provides “fuel” to our cells, including carbon and nitrogen.
Collagen Hydrolysate will not “gel”, it’s more suited to mixing in smoothies or your favourite bevvy. The best way to mix is to mix a tablespoon with a little room temperature water first and then add to your favourite drink.
Beef Gelatin is the type that “sets” and therefore is terrific for making these little Gummy Bears or other shapes of your choice. It’s also good for adding to stews, gravies, casseroles etc to help thicken the juices. However, we are using it here today for making sweet treats that are very good for your gut!
5. Strengthens Nails, Hair and Teeth
Ever had peeling and splitting nails? Well, a lack of collagen could be to blame. Collagen protein is the building block of your fingernails, hair and teeth. Adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails strong and possibly reverse signs of hair loss.
6. Improves Liver Health
If you’re looking to detox your body of harmful substances, improve blood flow and keep your heart young, collagen is extremely helpful. That’s because glycine helps minimize damage your liver experiences when it absorbs foreign substances, toxins or alcohol that shouldn’t be passing through it.
Below is a Recipe that I have made with this Gelatin “Peptipro”
Simple “jello” Recipe. Sweet or Sour Gelatin Gummy Snacks
for a lemon-lime version:
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup water
zest from lemons and/or limes as desired
1 tablespoon Sugar Free maple syrup or Stevia, Xylitol or sweetener of your choice.
4-5 tablespoons Peptipro Beef Gelatin Orange or Purple tub – Blue does not gel.
In a small pot over medium-low heat, whisk the lemon juice, lime juice, water (optional), zest, maple syrup, and gelatin together vigorously until the gelatin is well dissolved and the mixture becomes a nice slurry.
Pour the mixture into ice cube containers or chocolate moulds for desired shape. Allow to chill in Fridge for min 30min.
If you prefer them to look like Gummy Bears you can purchase these moulds off ebay…