When good quality bone broth is cooled, it congeals due to the presence of gelatin. The use of gelatin as a therapeutic agent goes back to the ancient Chinese. There are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatin, including improvements in digestion, skin and joints.
Here are 5 reasons we should all be eating gelatin:
- Gelatin protects your joints:
Research shows that athletes who took gelatin supplements experiences less pain in their joints, if you exercise a lot, eating gelatin can keep your joints healthy and pain free.
- Gelatin heals your gut:
Gelatin can also improve gut integrity and digestive strength by enhancing gastric acid secretion and restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach.
- Gelatin balances out your meat intake.
Muscle meats and eggs are high in methionine and high levels of methionine can be associated with heart disease and stroke. Those eating lots of animal protein need adequate glycine to balance out the methionine from meat, and you’ll get this from gelatin in bone broth.
- Gelatin makes your skin healthy:
Gelatin is a known promoter of skin health. Gelatin provides glycine and proline, two amino acids that are used in the production of collagen. Collagen is one of the primary structural elements of skin, so providing the building blocks for this important nutrient can ensure that skin is healthy and youthful.
- Gelatin helps you sleep.
Glycine from gelatin has been found to help with sleep. One study found that 3 grams of glycine given to subjects before bedtime produced measureable improvements in sleep quality
Bone broth is one of the easiest ways to consume gelatin. At Barneys bone broth we use neck bone, knuckle bone and hoof bone, which are the most gelatinous portions of the animal. You can see from the picture just how gelatinous our broth is.