Historically when eating meat our ancestors would eat almost every part of the animal. Brains, heart, liver, kidneys, bones for broth as well at the muscle tissue. It was the ‘other’ nutrient rich parts which were the most prized. Gelatine (the cooked form of collagen) makes up 50% of the protein content of the animal.
In our modern diets, we tend to choose to consume the muscle tissue only and discard the other parts. Muscle tissue has a complete set of essential amino acids. However two of these cysteine and tryptophan are inflammatory to our bodies. Large amounts of purely muscle protein can cause stress and inflammation to our systems. Gelatine contains large amounts of anti-inflammatory amino-acids, arginine and glycine, which have many protective benefits and low levels of cysteine and tryptophan. When consuming the whole animal this inflammatory effect is offset by the balance of amino acids in gelatine.
By including daily intake of gelatine rich foods we help to restore this balance and reap the health and beauty rewards
The beneficial effects of gelatine are well researched. Gelatine acts on the digestive system, aiding the digestive process, soothing the digestive tract and healing where there is such damage as leaky gut. It has been used successfully in the treatment of conditions such as hyperacidity, colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Connective Tissue Benefits
Moo Shots, (available from Elite Meat in Starbeck) are rich in Gelatine which contains components of cartilage and also collagen. They are easy to intake and absorb and so the body can utilise these nutrients to use as building blocks for our own tissues. Gelatine has been reported to have been of use in the treatment of many chronic disorders, including anaemia, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer as glycine has been shown to support wound healing and suppresses tumour invasiveness.
Although gelatine is not a complete protein, it acts as a protein sparer, so the body can more fully utilise the complete proteins that are taken in. It has also been indicated that it can promote healing of minor cartilage damage, preventing it from developing into major damage. It is reported that quicker recovery and less aches and pains have been correlated with increased gelatine intake.
Because of the inhibitory effect of glycine on certain neurotransmitters it can promote natural sleep. In supplement form it has been beneficial for those recovering from strokes and seizure and to improve learning and memory.
Hair, Skin, Nails and Nerves
The components of gelatine have been shown to support the strength and electrical stability of the cellular structure of tissues and nerves and build true health and beauty from the inside out.
Ray Peat ‘Gelatin, Stress, Longevity’ 2009 www.raypeat.com
Sally Fallon ‘Nourishing Traditions’ 2001, New Trends Publishing