Gelatin is one of the most impressive super foods with benefits that range from fighting wrinkles to regulating weight. However, one gelatin benefit that often gets overlooked is that it fights chronic inflammation.
Why is inflammation so terrible?
Inflammation is how our bodies respond to traumas, such as a physical injury or a microbial assault. The body releases immune cells to the area. Those cells then release chemicals (including those that cause inflammation) to help protect and heal the area. In this sense, acute inflammation is a good thing. We couldn’t live without inflammation to protect us from disease. But the problem isn’t acute inflammation. The problem is with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to numerous health conditions including depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, alzheimer's.
Gelatin has a unique and non-inflammatory amino acid profile
Due to the low fat philosophy many people get too much lean protein and little fat. This imbalance can be remedied by adding gelatin (full of healthy fats) to meals. Lean protein, in excess, can be pro-inflammatory but gelatin provides proline and glycine which balance out the tryptophan and cysteine. Gelatin has a unique and very non-inflammatory amino acid profile, primarily consisting of glycine and proline.
Gelatin balances amino acid intake
Although these are non-essential amino acids (meaning your body can make them), many malnourished and over-stressed livers are not able to manufacture all the non-essential amino acids in the amounts demanded by the body. The liver needs an abundance of these proteins to keep functioning optimally, particularly to fuel phase 2 detoxification. This helps your body to eliminate harmful toxins, thereby reducing inflammation.
Gelatin helps speed up wound healing
Glycine is directly connected to reducing inflammation, making Gelatin an essential part of wound healing, helping the wound move from the inflammation stage to the healing stage much faster.