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Gelatin Powder - 5 Reasons You Should Use This Miracle Powder

By Tyler Woodward

Did you know that nearly 50% of the protein in animals is made up of gelatinous tissue? Gelatin powder is chock full of extremely potent amino acids that have been used for centuries to help treat everything from inflammation to the common cold. 


What Is Gelatin Powder?:

What Is Gelatin

Gelatin powder is a cooked form of the collagen protein that naturally exists in animals. Collagenous or gelatinous tissue are the more “tough” proteins that are found in various parts of the animal like: feet, ears, cartilage, bones, ligaments, tendons, hooves, skin, etc. Collagen is the predominant protein found in connective tissue. When these collagenous tissues are cooked for a long period of time the protein within them breaks down. This process helps them become more tender and allowing them to be more easily absorbed and digested. Collagen is made up primarily of a few amino acids: 

  1. Glycine ~ About 30%
  2. Proline ~ About 15%
  3. Hydroxyproline ~ About 15%
  4. Valine ~ About 15%
  5. Glutamic Acid ~ 11%
  6. Lysine ~ 4%

These are all considered non-essential amino acids. They can be produced in our body from the 9 essential amino acids, if there is an adequate supply of the essential amino acids. Although these amino acids are considered “non-essential” they are extremely important and exert a number of beneficial effects on the body.

Read More: Whey Protein Vs Collagen Protein : Why Collagen Is The Best Protein Supplement

The Benefits Of Gelatin Powder:

Benefits Of Gelatin

Due to the amino acid composition of gelatin powder it has been shown to exert a number of unique effects compared to other types of protein. These include:

  • Improved Skin Quality †
  • Improved Sleep Quality † 
  • Increased Insulin Sensitivity †
  • May Reduce Alcohol-Induced Liver Damage 
  • May Improve Brain Health & Cognition †

These effects are largely due to the amino acid composition consisting predominantly of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Because these amino acids are not found in high quantities in other forms of protein.

Glycine -

Glycine is an extremely powerful amino acid that has a number of roles in the body:

  • Glutathione Production - Glycine is believed to be the rate-limiting factor in glutathione production, the body’s main antioxidant. 
  • Inhibitory Neurotransmitter - Due to its chemical structure it resembles the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA and likely plays a similar role to GABA in the brain, but also is known to function like GABA in the peripheral nervous system.
  • Leaky Gut - Glycine has been shown to help seal the gut lining helping to prevent the release of endotoxin through the gut lining.
  • Bile Salts - Glycine plays a role in the formation of bile salts which are a necessary part of the digestive system and aid in the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Collagen Synthesis - Glycine is one of the key amino acids involved in the formation of new collagen tissue

Read More: Glycine | The Amino Acid That Keeps On Giving

Hydroxyproline & Proline - 

These lesser known amino acids are chemically very similar and are also believed  to play a number of beneficial roles in the body:

  • Muscle Protein Synthesis - Proline is believed to play a role in enhancing the mTOR pathway involved in signaling for muscle protein synthesis from glucose and amino acids. 
  • Antioxidant Qualities - Proline can act as a free radical scavenger helping to mitigate oxidative stress and reducing inflammation. Hydroxyproline may also act as a free radical scavenger†
  • Precursor To Glycine - Hydroxyproline has recently been discovered to be an essential component of the synthesis of the amino acid glcyine.
  • Involved In Wound Healing - Proline specifically plays a role in wound healing and can become a nutritionally essential amino acid in these conditions.

Gelatin Powder Vs. Hydrolyzed Collagen:

Gelatin powder and hydrolyzed collagen are nearly identical compounds except in their processing resulting in a slightly different outcome. Gelatin is made by slowly boiling the collagenous tissues in water for a long period of time to denature the protein, making it more soft and tender and easier to digest. Hydrolyzed collagen is put through a hydrolysis process which separates all of the amino acids in collagen individually, completely breaking down the protein. Being that they are from the same source they have the same ratio of amino acids, but some people may be able to digest the hydrolyzed collagen better than gelatin powder.

Foods That Contain Gelatin Powder:

Foods That Contain Gelatin


  • Chicken Foot Soup
  • Animal Skins
  • Jello
  • Marshmallows
  • Bone Broth

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