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My Little Secret

My Little Secret

We're always on the hunt for the next cream that will freeze time and keep our skin glowing. At this point i can't keep up. Learning that our skin and body on the outside is closely tied to whats going on on the inside i went on a quest to find the super foods and supplements to keep me forever young! (and my beauty budget to a minimum)

This is the part one of my best kept secrets:

Great Lakes Gelatin Supplement

What is Gelatin?

Gelatin is a source of animal protein contained in all animal fats, skin, bones, teeth, and feet. Gelatin is derived from any animal part that contains collagen. Collagen is an essential material that is used to repair connective tissue (like nails, skin, hair, bone, and cartilage). Gelatin is the best source of collagen in a person’s diet.

Gelatin also contains essential amino acids that are difficult to find elsewhere. The main amino acids found in gelatin include lysine, proline, and glycine. These amino acids work with collagen to improve the health of connective tissues and regulate cell function throughout the body.

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology examined the possible anti-aging effects of gelatin in mice. Mice who didn’t eat gelatin lost 53 percent of the collagen in their skin when exposed to UV light. Mice that ate gelatin had an increase (!!!) in collagen levels by 17 percent when exposed to UV light. The researchers concluded that the inclusion of gelatin is highly beneficial for the skin and may be able to counteract the damaging effects of UV rays on the skin.

Health benefits of gelatin:

  1. Gelatin is loaded with protein  - With 6 grams of protein per tablespoon, it’s a great way to add more protein to your diet.  Even though it is not a complete protein, it helps the body fully utilize the complete proteins that are taken in.
  2. Gelatin improves digestion - It naturally binds to water and helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.
  3. Gelatin can help heal food allergies and intolerances - Adding gelatin to your diet can heal the lining of your stomach and digestive tract. 
  4. Gelatin is good for bone and joint health - Gelatin contains lots of amino acids important in helping to prevent the weakness and degeneration of cartilage in joints.  Gelatin, with it’s anti-inflammatory properties, has  also been shown to reduce  the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
  5. Gelatin helps your body release toxins - Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin, assists the liver to efficiently remove toxins from our system.
  6. Gelatin gives you better hair, nails, and teeth - Gelatin contains keratin, which is a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin.
  7. Gelatin improves the elasticity of your skin - Gelatin is essentially cooked down collagen.  Consuming it will help improve the look and feel of your skin much more effectively then hard- to- absorb collagen facial creams.  Gelatin actually stimulates your body to produce more collagen. (did you purchase it yet?)
  8. Gelatin helps speed up wound healing - One of the amino acids found in gelatin is glycine, which is highly anti-inflammatory.
  9. Gelatin can improve your quality of sleep ~  studies have shown that not only do people sleep better when consuming the amino acid glycine, they report less daytime drowsiness and better cognitive function.
  10. Gelatin can help with weight loss - Gelatin is thought to increase the production of Human Growth Hormone and to boost metabolism.  And with it’s nutrient-dense content, it also helps with keeping you full.

You can find this supplement HERE

I have both the red and the green versions of this supplement. With the red version i make my homemade gummies as this one gels, and the green one i use everyday and add it to my smoothies, teas, soups-basically i put this one in everything! (the link above is for the green version of the product).  


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