When hospitalization or surgery is required, it means the body is weakened and the weakened immune system is unable to defend it properly. To regain his strength and health, the patient therefore needs a major nutritional intake, so some hospitals include gelatin to the regime of their patients. Check out the virtues of this food!
What is gelatin?
Gelatin is a translucent and colorless food and it is obtained by prolonged boiling of the skin, cartilage and bones of animals. It is very rich in protein and collagen, and contains 9 of the 10 essential amino acids for the proper functioning of the body.
Benefits of gelatin
Including gelatin to your diet will bring a multitude of benefits, starting with improved digestion and more regular bowel movement. It is also used to treat certain food allergies and intolerances responsible for digestive disorders, such as those due to consumption of dairy products.
This food is also a source of essential nutrients for healthy nails, teeth, bones and joints. Its richness in protein and collagen strengthens the bone structure and protects the joint cartilage from degeneration. When the damage is already done, gelatin is perfect for relieving pain and helping to lubricate the joints.
Speaking of collagen, we cannot miss its beauty virtues. In fact, collagen is crucial for the skin and hair to be in perfect health. It helps firm the skin, fill wrinkles and fine lines and accelerate the healing of wounds and injuries. It also has a nourishing and moisturizing effect on the hair that becomes softer and smoother.
The virtues of this colorless food does not stop there. Its high content of glycine (amino acid) allows it to contribute to the detoxification of the body by stimulating the liver function, but also to the weight loss, since it activates the production of growth hormone which boosts the metabolism to burn more fat.
According to a recent scientific study, glycine consumption would also have an impact on the quality of sleep and cognitive functions. It prevents sleepiness during the day and improves the physical and mental performance.
Why is gelatin administered to patients in hospitals?
As explained a little earlier, gelatin is an excellent source of nutrients and energy for the body. Following surgery or prolonged medical treatment, the body is generally weak and the digestive system is also weakened. Consumption of gelatin during convalescence allows the patients to meet their calorie needs while avoiding irritation of their digestive system. Instead, gelatin helps them have a better intestinal transit and contributes to the repair of the lining of the stomach and the secretion of gastric juices.
Its wealth of glycine, the anti-inflammatory effect, and nutrients strengthen the immune system and accelerate the healing of the sick. Besides improving the sleep quality of patients, gelatin allows cells to regenerate and the body organs to function better.
To enjoy all these virtues, here is an easy to prepare recipe for a delicious dessert.
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup grapefruit or strawberry juice
- 3 tablespoons gelatin (unflavored)
- 1 cup of green tea
Start by preparing your green tea and add stevia if you want to improve the taste. Then add the gelatin and mix thoroughly until completely dissolved. Remove the tea from heat and let it cool slightly. Once cooled, add the orange and grapefruit or strawberry juice, and stir well. Pour the mixture into a glass container and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.