Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Renee from Calgary asks, “I have been reading so much about gelatin, and I was wondering if you could weigh in on the benefits of it?”
Gelatin seems to be the new ‘it’ food amongst Paleo experts with good reason. In this episode of S&STV, we talk about the role gelatin plays in maintaining a healthy digestive system, managing homocysteine levels and regulating blood sugar. Most importantly, we discuss its collagen promoting properties, which make it one of the best supplements you can take to improve your skin, hair and nails as well as a natural anti-aging remedy.
You can obtain gelatin from homemade bone broth or by supplementing with a gelatin powder. We recommend the high quality brand Great Lakes Gelatin, which you can order online in Canada from iHerb.com or Amazon.ca (at this time the price on iHerb is more affordable). For more on bone broth, check out the Whole9 Bone Broth FAQ.
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Before I added gelatine to my daily routine I was only able to poop with the help of laxatives. No other dietary changes made any difference. So gelatine appears to have cured me of constipation. I make “jello” with it from unflavored gelatine powder and unsweetened elderberry juice with a bit of stevia added to it. It is also good with full fat cream or coconut cream either in the jello or added on top.
Marja the elderberry sounds delicious!
dissolve 1-2 T. in canned coconut milk, (heat gently on stove), then blend with canned pumpkin, cinnamon and 1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup, chill till firm.
Thank you for clarifying the different types of gelatin. My toddler doesn’t care for bone broth, but now I’ll try making her homemade jello.
Jean Walter says
Ever since I’ve learned about the health benefits of gelatin I started incorporating it to our meals as desserts. We have tried coffee jelly and almond lychee gelatin. Do you have other suggestions on how to get gelatin in our diet?
Are there any adverse effects to taking more than 1-2 tablespoons a day? I enjoy smoothies every so often and would like to use it like a protein powder. In this case, I would add 4 tablespoons to give me 24 grams of protein.
I stumbled across a great E-book. Look for The Gelatin Secret by Sylvie McCracken. I didn’t know what to think, but the book is well put together and has a lot of information. She recommends Great Lakes gelatin.
The problem is you need some certificate to import this into Canada which I didn’t know about. What other brands would be good in Canada without the hassle of having to import them yourself? Is Neocell a good one?