Alinda Boyd, Naturopath
Each year brings with it a standout supplement, so popular we can barely keep up with the demand. Gelatin and collagen…the Breakout stars this year which are worthy of their hype and deliver results.
Gelatin is a type of pure protein and has gained popularity over the past few years for its myriad of health benefits. Collagen hydrolysate is a specialised form of gelatin that has been broken down, and a quick look across the Kunara shelves will show a range of gelatin and collagen hydrolysate powders that specifically target digestive, skin, joint, muscle, and bone health.
Collagen is a key component of our skin, ligaments, tendons and bones, where its benefits derive from its high percentage of protein, namely the amino acids glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. By splitting the chain of amino acids during the manufacturing process, the structure and molecular weight of the collagen is changed meaning that they can specifically target the skin, bones or joints.
DOES YOUR SKIN LOOK A LITTLE OFF?
Skin-specific collagen hydrolysate powders such as Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty and Gelatin Health Soft Skin may help improve skin hydration, elasticity and firmness, reducing those telltale signs of ageing. By supporting the structure of the skin they are providing their benefits from the inside out.
BANISH THOSE ACHES AND PAINS
Collagen hydrolysate powders can also support bone and joint health. Clinical studies support the use of collagen for joint pain including osteoarthritis and activity-related joint pain. Gelatin Health produces two specific joint and bone collagen hydrolysate formulas that may support the health of the joints and bones.
HOW TO TAKE IT
Collagen hydrolysate completely dissolves in hot or cold liquids and does not set or gel. This versatility allows collagen hydrolysate to be mixed with water, juice, added to smoothies or even coffee making it a super versatile supplement that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
Gelling gelatin, such as Nutra Organics Natural Gelatin sets like a gel when dissolved in warm liquid and can be used to make healthy gummy treats – check out our recipe here for our Yummy Tummy Gummies.