Gelatin is often used as a food additive in pudding or agar-agar. In addition to being used in the food industry, gelatin also has many health benefits. The benefits of gelatin can be used to maintain skin health as a preservative in vaccines. Gelatin is a substance obtained by extracting collagen from the cartilage or skin of animals, such as cattle, fish, and pigs. Collagen itself is a protein that functions to form the flexibility and strength of body tissues.
About 98–99% of the content in gelatin is a protein or amino acids, such as glycine, while the rest is water and some vitamins and minerals.
Gelatin is sold freely on the market in the form of a powder or a thin thin sheet used as a thickener, stabilizer, or preservative in food. In addition, gelatin is also widely used to produce cosmetics and medicinal capsule preparations. There are several benefits of gelatin for the health of the body, including:
1. Maintain healthy skin and hair
Collagen is an important component in the skin that works to strengthen and maintain the elasticity and moisture of the skin. However, with age, the production of collagen in the body will decrease. This can make the skin dry and wrinkled or wrinkled.
Fortunately, some studies show that taking collagen or gelatin supplements is believed to inhibit the signs of aging on the skin, reduce wrinkles, and make the skin more supple and moisturized.
Not only that, gelatin or collagen is also believed to increase hair growth and thickness, including in people with hair loss due to alopecia.
2. Reduce joint pain
Decreased collagen production with age can have an impact on joint and cartilage conditions. This can increase the risk of joint disorders, such as arthritis or osteoarthritis.
One study suggests that taking gelatin or collagen supplements daily for several weeks can reduce pain and stiffness in the joints. However, this still needs to be proven by further studies.
3. Maintain brain function and mental health
The amino acid glycine, which is rich in gelatin, has benefits for improving memory and concentration. This gelatin effect is believed to be good for brain function.
In addition, some studies have also shown that gelatin is useful in reducing the risk of some psychiatric problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders. However, the benefits of gelatin for the brain and mental health still need to be further investigated.
4. Improve sleep quality
The amino acid content of glycine in gelatin is believed to improve sleep quality and make the body more easily asleep. You can get this benefit by consuming 7–15 grams or about 1–2 tablespoons of gelatin before bed.
5. Control blood sugar levels
According to research, consuming gelatin can help control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation in type 2 diabetics. However, the benefits of gelatin for diabetics and its effect on blood sugar levels still need to be clinically proven.
22nd July 2020 10:45