The earliest commercial production of gelatin appears to have been in Holland around 1685. Followed shortly thereafter in England about 1700. The first commercial production of gelatin in the USA was in Massachusetts in 1808. Gelatin is an important material finding application in the food, pharmaceutical and photographic industries. Gelatin has been around for centuries. Gelatin was first used in Egyptian times. Traces of gelatin were found in a pharaoh’s grave in the form of glue. The word “gelatin” comes originally from the Latin word “gelatus” and means “jellied, or frozen.” History’s first references to gelatin was in 1682, however it wasn’t until the 1900’s that gelatin became a household name. Gelatin is used in many different industries. In the health industry we use it for:
Strengthening hair, skin and nails
Connective tissue production
Bone and joint health
Promotion and stimulation of cell growth in joint cartilage
Restoring mobility of the joints by decreasing inflammation which can reduce pain (like the pain experienced from arthritis).
Gelatin is fantastic for the gastrointestinal system. Gelatin assists digestion by naturally binding to water to help food move through the digestive tract more easily. It improves digestion and gut strength, and the integrity of the mucosal lining by enhancing gastric acid secretion. Taking food grade gelatin can assist in reducing food sensitivities by reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal system.
Muscle, Bone & Joint Fortification
Gelatin is also abundant in proline. The proline in gelatin helps keeps muscles and joints flexible. It is also used in the development and maintenance of healthy skin, muscle and connective tissues, especially at the site of traumatic tissue injury. The glycine in gelatin boosts our levels of creatine, which helps build muscle mass. Glycine also helps to repair damaged tissues, without it our wounds would never heal.
Strengthens Hair Skin & Nails
Gelatin is well known in the production of healthy skin, hair and nails. Gelatin is derived from collagen, and is essential for supporting the integrity of the skin. It tightens the skin and is anti-aging. It is high in keratin and is fantastic for maintaining skin elasticity, ligaments and connective tissue support.
The amino acids in gelatin (Glycine, Proline, Alanine, Hydroxyproline) have huge anti-inflammatory properties. This assists with increased mobility, flexibility and tissue repair.
Increases Energy Production
The glycine and alanine found in gelatin helps to convert the simple sugar glucose to energy.
Increases Muscle Mass
Gelatin is high in protein. Food grade gelatin has 88grams per 100grams (food grade) and hydrolysed collagen has 96grams per 100grams, which makes it perfect for stimulating and increasing muscle growth. Ideal for those who have lost muscle mass due to illness or hospitalisation. Gelatin has been useful for those who work out to increase muscle mass and tone. Alanine has been shown to help protect cells from being damaged during intense aerobic activity, when the body cannibalises muscle protein to help produce energy.
Gelatin is rich in Glycine which is one of the main amino acids needed for liver detoxification. The Alanine found in gelatin is known to assist in eliminating excess toxins from the liver.