11-11-2011 | Adiana |


Have you ever thought of gelatin as a possible ally against anti-aging process? Sometimes simple solutions answer big questions. Or at least answer part of the question.

Why gelatin?

Collagen is a fibrous protein that connects and supports body tissues, such as skin, tendons, cartilage and tendons. Also known as the glue that holds the body together, you could think of collagen as a fibrous network that sustains your skin, because it provides strength, resilience and flexibility.

We all know that our skin is made of 3 layers: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer. The middle one is mostly made of collagen. But as we age, degradation occurs and we wake one day just to notice the first wrinkle.

So this is where gelatin intervenes. Gelatin is extracted from collagen, especially beef. It also answers to the name of hydrolyzed collagen and it’s a major source of dietary amino acid that helps stimulate collagen synthesis in the body.

Used as a dietary supplement it benefits the whole body, as it can be used where needed (e.g: joints). Bones, cartilage and joints are formed by collagen plus minerals. Collagen strengthens the tendons and ligaments that attach muscles to bones. Hydrolyzed gelatin helps these tissues by maintaining the integrity of the joints and hydration, thus playing an important role in the prevention and treatment of joint pain, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. So don’t worry if you don’t see immediate result on your skin. It takes time and maybe some other part of your body craves for gelatin more than you know.

I use gelatin in cures of 2-3 months per year. I usually take 10 gr in my shake, juice or make desserts. It doesn’t have any taste, it doesn’t smell so it’s perfect even for picky eaters. If you don’t find this idea appealing, you can try eating stuff rich in collagen like tripe soup, pork rinds, meat byproducts etc. Actually, It’s even better to take it from a food source. You might find useful the administration of vitamin C too, as it’s essential collagen production.

Now, if your first thought when reading about collagen was to run and buy some collagen cream, please don’t. The collagen molecule is too big to penetrate the skin so its topical application is useless.. actually, it won’t let skin breath and will clog pores which may translate later into some nasty zits. All those fancy commercials stating you will get younger skin using collagen creams lie you in the face. It’s just impossible to happen. The only thing they can do is add some moisture to the skin. After a collagen mask, your complexion will feel smooth and hydrated.

Beside skin, your nails will also benefit from the intake of gelatin. It will make them stronger and brighter. Include better hair in the equation and let me add that it prevents sagging too (during diets, by maintainig skin tone and elasticity). Magic, right?

One gelatin shot, por favor ! And make it double !

P.S : do not rely on gelatin as a main source of protein.. it doesn’t really have any nutritional value. In the past it was blamed for some deaths as people were dieting only on gelatin, thinking they were ingesting the necessary amount of protein. Use it on a balanced diet.

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