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6 Ways Gelatin Fights Inflammation

Gelatin is one of the most impressive superfoods out there with benefits that range from fighting wrinkles to regulating weight. However, one gelatin benefit that often gets overlooked is that it fights inflammation! Why Is Inflammation So Terrible? Inflammation is how our bodies respond to traumas, such as a physical injury or a microbial assault. The body releases immune cells to the area. Those cells then release chemicals (including those that cause inflammation) to help protect and heal the area. In this sense, acute inflammation is a good thing. We couldn’t live without inflammation to protect us from disease. But the problem isn’t acute inflammation. The problem is with chronic inflammation. As Yale researcher Doctor David Katz explains, “When the immune system kicks into gear, white blood cells and their byproducts can saturate a region and leave healthy tissue overwrought and stressed. Our healthy tissues are potential collateral damage – victims of friendly fire – as the immune system does its job defending us from pathogens, and rogue cells.”(1) Health Problems Linked to Inflammation We are just now starting to understand the far-reaching effects of chronic inflammation. However, chronic inflammation has been linked to numerous health conditions including: Depression Obesity Type 2 diabetes Heart disease Cancer Alzheimer’s disease What Causes Chronic Inflammation? There is no one answer to this, and the reality is that chronic inflammation is likely caused by a myriad of underlying causes. Some of the big ones are: Food Sensitivities Stress Insufficient sleep Poor diet Poor Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio Gut flora dysbiosis The good news is that chronic inflammation can be cured and gelatin can help in these 6 big ways! 1. Gelatin Acts Directly on Inflammatory Cells The inflammation response is very complex and involves a lot of terms that you probably aren’t familiar with (adiponectin gene expression, voltage-dependent calcium channels, or interleukin-10 anyone?). What you do need to know is that there is significant amounts of research which shows that gelatin (specifically the amino acids glycine and proline found in gelatin) stops the inflammation response! For example, this study found that glycine acts on inflammatory cells such as macrophages to suppress inflammation. Another study on glycine found that it up-regulates adiponectin gene expression and could be used to modulate inflammation found in obesity and type 2 diabetes. And this study found that glycine may prevent tissue damage caused by chronic inflammation. 2....

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