Patients in hospitals receive jello desserts with almost all meals, and this is not only due to their bouncy texture and colorful appearance.
Apparently, it contains gelatin, which is extremely beneficial as it has powerful gut-healing properties, and accelerates the healing process.
It is made by boiling animal cartilage, bones, and skin, in order to extract the collagen, fibrous material that connects the bones, muscles, and skin in animals. Afterward, it is processed until it gets the form of gelatin.
Gelatin is made up of 98-99% protein and is extremely rich in amino acids, which explains its regular use in hospitals. These are the health benefits of gelatin:
Bone and Joint Health
When patients spend some time in the hospital bed, their joints and bones need extra support, and gelatin relieves joint and bone pain and soothes osteoarthritis symptoms.
A study which involved 80 osteoarthritis patients that received a gelatin supplement for 70 days found that it reduces their pain and joint stiffness.
Another study provided gelatin supplements to 97 athletes for 24 weeks and showed that it relieved their joint pain, both at rest and during activity.
Rest and sleep support the healing of the body, and gelatin improves sleep quality, due to the amino acid glycine it contains.
Researchers have found that people who took 3 grams of glycine before bed experienced improved sleep quality, felt more energetic in the morning, and easily fell asleep.
Improves Gut Health
Jello improves the health of the gut, due to the glutamic acid it contains, that enhances the integrity of the gut wall and prevents “leaky gut”, a condition of permeable gut wall, that allows bacteria to penetrate it and enter the bloodstream, and leads to numerous other gut issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Brain Function and Mental Health
Patients in hospitals easily get mentally disoriented, and gelatin, due to its high glycine content, improves the function of the brain and improves memory and attention.
Yet, jello can also be rich in added sugars and colorings, that can contribute to other health issues, so it is always best to make your own one at home. Here is how to prepare it:
Healthy Homemade Jello Recipe
- 3 tablespoons gelatin powder
- 1 cup organic fresh strawberries
- 1 cup organic green tea
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
Prepare the green tea in boiling water, and add the honey to sweeten it. Next, add the gelatin powder, and stir well to dissolve it. Put it aside to cool, and afterward, add the orange juice.
Transfer the mixture to a suitable container and refrigerate it for 3 hours.
Then, it is ready to eat!
Gelatin is extremely helpful as it heals the body and supports the recovery process and the overall health. Yet, if you do not fancy it in the form of jello, you can also consume it in other ways, such as:
Bone Broth – prepare a bone broth that will warm you up in the winter days and strengthen your immune system.
Gelatin/Collagen Supplement Pills – This is a quick and easy way to get the benefits of gelatin, and there are numerous kinds of collagen and gelatin pills on the market.
Gelatin/Collagen Powder – You can ingest the powder without adding water to it, or add it to your smoothies.