Let me introduce to you: Gelatin. My new obsession and wonder weapon for gut health. In fact I believe in the power of gelatin so much I’ve produced my own.

Gut Lovin’ Gelatin, available at IQuitSugar.com

I’ve banged on about just how good this stuff is for you before. If you ask me, everyone can benefit from a little Gut Lovin’ – but if any of the symptoms below sound familiar to you, look no further. Gelatin is your new best friend.

1. If you’ve got acne

Gelatin contains the essential amino acid proline, which is used by the body to repair connective tissues, produce collagen and improve the texture of skin.

2. If you’ve got reflux 

Gelatin reduces heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux by binding gut acids with the foods.

3. If you’re an insomniac

Reasearch has shown that the amino acid glycine contained in gelatin can actually enhance sleep quality, reduce daytime sleepiness and even improve memory. Try eating one gummy just before bed.

4. If you’ve got anxiety

Glycine was also found to have anti-anxiety properties. By counterbalancing the effects of the norepinephrine, a chemical released in the brain of individuals experiencing panic or anxiety, glycine has been shown to reduce these feelings.

5. If you want to detox

Gelatin helps your liver do its detox thing. Yet again it’s the amino acid glycine, which assists the liver in ridding toxins from your body.

6. If you’re constipated

Gelatin helps things moving smoothly by binding to water and sweeping through the digestive tract.

7. If you’ve got an injury 

It not only reduces inflammation, which can trigger pain receptors and cause stiffness in the joints but it can also help repair small tears in the cartilage.

8. If you want to shed some kilos

Gelatin is essentially pure protein, which is known to boost metabolism. I don’t advocate for weight-loss obsessing but if you want to curb late night eating try this: stop eating at least 3 hours prior to bedtime and consume at least 1 tablespoon of gelatine powder right before bed.

9. If you’re on a paleo diet

If you’re on the cavemen diet my guess is you eat a fair bit of muscle meats (I’m talking steaks, chicken breast etc.). This meat contains elevated levels of certain amino acids that can be inflammatory over time (you know those headlines about red meat being harmful?). Gelatine contains two anti-inflammatory amino acids, thus balancing, completing and complementing the other meat sources.

10. If you’ve got an autoimmune disease

It is exactly those anti-inflammatory properties that make gelatin the autoimmune sufferer’s best friend.

11. If you’ve got chronic stress

The amino acids contained in gelatin (particularly glycine) modulate certain brain neurotransmitters and work to calm the nervous system.

12. If your hormones are out of whack

Gelatin have anti-estrogenic effects which can help offset the effects of excess estrogen in the body.” Read more here.

13. If you’re getting older

Studies show it reduces cellulite and wrinkles. You can read the study here.

14. If you suffer from a leaky gut

Gelatin is a wonder weapon for gut health. It helps heal tired gut linings by boosting acid production and restoring the mucosal lining of your stomach.

15. If you want to bulk up

Gelatin helps build lean muscle. You can read more here.

Are there any others you think should be added to the list?

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Helen

    Does anyone know if gelatin is ok if you have high blood histamine?

  • Is there a vegan alternative to gelatine? I feel better without animal products in my body. I know that Agar-agar works like gelatine for consistency in foods, however, it’s calorically empty.

  • Sarah Clements

    How much Gelatin should you be aiming for a day? I’ve just made some gelatin gummies and want to know how many i should have day.

    • Lyn

      I am wanting to know exactly the same thing Sarah. How much to consume in a day?

    • Annette

      Same question from me! I love my gummies too much, how much is to many?

  • Pip Patterson

    How can I source this in NZ?

    • Sonya Cole

      I would like to know too 🙂

  • alexalexalexLA

    How is it different from collagen protein?

  • Krystal Schroder

    How about the benefit to pregnant women – to prevent stretchmarks from a growing belly?

  • Eve Buchanan-Graham

    HI, I have been making a weekly batch of gelatin gummies for a month now and am really enjoying them, but I have no idea if I am eating too many / too little to be beneficial. I cut them into roughly 3cm x 1cm cubes and currently eat circa 4 a day. Is that too little / too much? Thanks, Eve

    • lisa larosa

      My question exactly, can you over dose on these? I have a 15 year old boy who will get through a whole batch in one day.

  • Colleen

    Cosmic timing in discovering your article! I was just thinking that making healthy gelatin based snacks would help me get off sugar and junk food snacking during hunger cravings as I work on a healthier diet for the long term 🙂

  • Carey

    Does anyone know a gelatin product I can buy in the UK that is similar? Desperate to get making these!

    • If you find out, I’d love to know too! I’m going to try Holland and Barrett tomorrow on my way to work, though I’m not sure they’d have it.

      • Carey

        I have ordered ‘Great lakes’ gelatin through Amazon from a UK seller.

  • Brenda Finney

    Can I get gelatin in Canada?

  • andreaball

    How much gelatine would you need to eat a day to get 3g of glcyine (which is the amount used in the clinical trial mentioned above) to improve sleep stability and daytime sleepiness?

    • Jessica

      10g of gelatine contains 8.6g of protein.
      About 30% of the AA content is glycine (apparently). Thus you would get about 2.5g glycine from 10g of gelatine.

      • andreaball

        Fantastic – thank you 🙂

  • Jan

    The Paleo diet is NOT high protein. It is the same amount of protein as the average Aussie diet which is about a palm sized size of protein at each meal. If you look at Paleo recipes they are usually 500 grams of meat per 4 people.

    • Linda

      I agree. Paleo is mostly veggie. It is weird when people think I sit around eating bacon and steaks all day. Most of my diet is raw or steamed veggies with one to 1 1/2 serving of meat a day. Paleo is high fat – low carb, not high protein.

  • Michelle

    I can’t get Sarah’s gelatin in the USA yet, been buying Great Lakes brand gelatin for years and it’s is fantastic. Sourced from 100% grass fed/grass finished beef bones. Very big in the paleo/WAPF world along with making your own stock, of course. I would imagine it’s available in Canada, not sure about the UK or elsewhere but they sell it on Amazon so you could likely source from there overseas. If Sarah’s becomes available here I’ll give it a go. Also, for the vegan question, I really do not think there is a truly comparable vegan alternative. I wish there was, but you just can’t get the same nutrition from non-animal sources.

  • Stacey

    Can you use the powder raw as is, e.g. sprinkle into a cereal? Or do you have to make it into something.

  • Claudia

    I noticed several people asking how much gelatin they should consume and found an answer by looking through this blog.On September 26, 2014 Ms. Wilson posted this:

    “how to eat gelatin

    There really isn’t a limit to how much gelatin should be eaten in a day, though many say

    2 – 3 tablespoons a day sounds about right to make a difference to your gut.”

  • Margarete Timmerman

    Was wondering if I can take gelatin had gastric bypass done.

  • Poison IV

    Hi you seem to claim gelatine is a bile acid sequestrant I’m curious where that information comes from does it have anything backing it?

  • Regan

    what about neurological diseases like epilepsy?

  • Regan

    Would gelatin be a good choice for people who may get osteoporosis in the future?

  • Regan

    Would gelatin be a good choice for people who may get or already have osteoporis?