Bones are the framework of our body. Bone is living tissue that changes constantly, with bits of old bone being removed and replaced by new bone. You can think of bone as a bank account, where you make “deposits” and “withdrawals” of bone tissue. Gelatin is rich in nutrients that assist bone health and prevent fractures, brittle bone and degeneration.
WHAT IS BONE DENSITY?
Simply put – it is the amount of bone mineral in your bone tissue. In our body we need the minerals calcium and phosphate to make and keep healthy bones. Healthy bone density is when you have a balance between the reabsorption of old bone and the creation of new bone.
WHY CAN OUR BONES BECOME WEAKENED?
During our life, our body reabsorbs old bone and then create new bone and as long as your body has a good balance of new and old bone, your bone density stays healthy and strong.
Bone loss occurs when more old bone is reabsorbed than new bone is created.
Sometimes bone loss occurs without any known cause. Other times, bone loss and thin bones can be genetic. Brittle, fragile bones can be caused by anything that makes your body destroy too much bone, or keeps your body from making enough bone.
** If you think you have weak bone density, talk with your Doctor and get it checked**
WHAT ARE OSTEOBLASTS AND OSTEOCLASTS?
This is the name given to the cells that break down and build bone tissue. A function that is critical in the maintenance, repair, and remodelling of bones. Osteoclasts break down bone and osteoblast make bone.
THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP BUILD BONE DENSITY
Building bone density may be accomplished through a number of different ways.
Exercise – Weight bearing exercises like walking, dancing, tennis, basketball, climbing stairs or light weight lifting are all beneficial. Weight-bearing actually refers to how much of your body weight you are holding up while exercising – not lifting weights.
Calcium – Increasing your calcium is a great way to strengthen bone density. It is one of the main factors for building bone density. You can do this by increasing foods that contain high amounts of calcium like broccoli, dark leafy greens and almonds.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is extremely important for us to be able to absorb calcium from food. You can get Vitamin D from supplements, or it comes directly from sunlight.
Hydrolysed Collagen has been shown to be effective on increasing bone density by its ability to stimulate osteoblast activity. Research has shown that collagen products and gelatin are able to act safely and therapeutic towards conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
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.