12 Uses for Gelatin

12 Uses for Gelatin and gelatins great health benefits 12 Uses for Gelatin

Gelatin is one of my daily supplements in some form or another, and I’m continually amazed at the uses I keep finding for it. As I explained in a previous post:

“According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

- Supports skin, hair and nail growth

- Good for joints and can help joint recovery

- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)

- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

- Rumored to help improve cellulite

- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.”

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.

So Gelatin is a wonderful supplement for health, but I’ve also found a plethora of culinary and other uses lately! Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Homemade Marshmallows

Healthy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe Can even add probiotics these are healthy and kids love them 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinThis is definitely my kids’ favorite use of Gelatin, and we even add probiotics to make them more healthy. The only ingredients are honey, gelatin, vanilla and water, so they are a great alternative to store bought treats.

These are also easy to make and you can add cocoa powder or mint extract for flavor variations…

2. Hair Treatment

natural homemade healthy coconut shampoo kid approved 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinI got this tip from Pinterest and have been amazed at what an intensive conditioning and strengthening treatment it is! To make, stir 1 tablespoon of Gelatin powder in to 1/2 cup of cool water until mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with hot water. Shampoo as normal.

It is suggested to do this up to a few times a week to get desired hair thickness/strength and then once a week for maintenance.

3. DIY Children’s Vitamins

Homeade Gummy Vitamins Kids love these and they are gut friendly inexpensive and customizeable to your child for grown ups too 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinMost store bought chewable vitamins have a lot of sugar, dyes and additives in them. These homemade chewable vitamins are a great alternative, plus your kids will get the benefits of Gelatin too!

There are endless flavor combinations, and They are simple to make at home! Here’s the recipe.

4. Thickening Shampoo

If you want thicker/stronger hair, adding a teaspoon of gelatin powder to your shampoo can give your hair that boost. It will also add texture and volume to hair immediately. If you use homemade shampoo like mine, you will only need to add about 1/2 tsp to a small batch. If you use a regular bottle shampoo, you can add a teaspoon or more for desired effect!

5. Homemade Jello

healthy homemade jello no sugar 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinHomemade jello packets have some nasty fake ingredients, but it is simple to make a healthy version at home. With homemade Jello, you can customize the flavors, add vitamins, or even use water kefir or kombucha as the base for a vitamin and probiotic boost!

6. Wrinkle Reducer

natural sun protection 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinYou know those $50+ wrinkle reducer miracle creams that don’t work? Save a lot of money by just taking gelatin internally each day and using coconut oil for skin care! Gelatin is essentially cooked, powdered collagen (that ingredient they charge you an arm and a leg for that doesn’t even work well externally…).

Taking Gelatin internally provides the body the building blocks to build great skin, hair and nails from the inside out and helps reduce wrinkles (and stretch marks, as I’ve found since mine are vanishing this time while I’m still pregnant!).

7. Digestive Aid

Gut and Psychology Syndrome Review 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinConstipation? Digestive issues? Gelatin might help!

Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation recommend Gelatin (usually in the form of homemade bone broth) as a digestive aid, as it can sooth and help heal the digestive track. I’ve noticed tremendous benefits in our son who we put on the GAPS protocol, and I’ve also seen daily gelatin help keep bowels regular and smooth.

8. Joint Help

Gelatin also provides the building blocks for healthy joints and people with arthritis, joint injuries or joint pain might notice a substantial difference from incorporating Gelatin rich foods and supplements. Even WebMD talks about the joint uses of Gelatin:

Gelatin is used for weight loss and for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Some people also use it for strengthening bones, joints, and fingernails. Gelatin is also used for improving hair quality and to shorten recovery after exercise and sports-related injury.”

9. Skin Mask

Gelatin is most effective when used internally, but even externally, it can smooth and strengthen skin. Another Pinterest tip: Mix 1 tablespoon Gelatin Powder with 2 tablespoons warm water and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

10. Weight Loss

 12 Uses for GelatinI haven’t tried it specifically for this purpose, but I’ve found forums of athletes and body builders who use plain gelatin powder for weight loss and maintenance, as they claim that it can boost Human Growth Hormone production and boost metabolism. In my opinion, Gelatin has enough other health benefits that it would be worth trying for this purpose too, even if the only result is better skin, hair, nails, joints, digestion, etc.

The protocol for weight loss is to stop eating at least 3 hours prior to bedtime, and then consume at least 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder right before bed. These guys chewed it straight, but I’d highly recommend mixing in to a cup of chamomile tea by dissolving in about 1/3 cup cool water and then adding 2/3 cup of warm tea. Much better texture and taste!

11. Hormone Help

9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinI’ve written about natural ways to balance hormones before, and it turns out that Gelatin may help here too:

“Too much estrogen in the body (which can be caused by all sorts of reasons including hormonal imbalances, over exposure to phytoestrogens like those found in soy, and xenoestrogens found in plastics) can cause inflammation, infertility and promote accelerated aging. The wonderful, and seemingly endless benefits of gelatin have anti-estrogenic effects which can help offset the effects of excess estrogen in the body.”

12. In/From Homemade Bone Broth

Delicious Homemade Bone Broth 150x150 12 Uses for GelatinThe most cost effective and nutrient dense way to consume Gelatin is in the form of homemade bone broth or stock. Of couse, bone broth isn’t as good for making marshmallows, gummy vitamins, jello or hair masks, but it is an inexpensive way to consume Gelatin. I also add Gelatin powder to soups and stews for an extra gelatin boost, but if you don’t want to attempt all the other uses, at least consider incorporating homemade bone broth into your daily diet. Your gut will thank you!


I am not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet. If you decide to use Gelatin as a supplement, check with a doctor or medical professional, especially if you have a medical condition.

To mix gelatin powder into liquid without clumps: First mix into a small amount of cool water and stir well. Let sit for 2 minutes and then add the needed amount of warm water. This tempers the gelatin and makes it smooth. This is also how I take it daily by adding it to herbal teas this way.

Do not add gelatin powder to things with fresh pineapple, kiwi or papaya, as they will inactivate the thickening properties. Also, don’t boil gelatin, as it will lose its thickening ability.

Where to Get Gelatin:

I order Gelatin online and use this brand since I’ve been able to verify that it comes from grass-fed, humanely raised animals. A 2-pack also lasts us a while and we use Gelatin a lot! If you use another brand, just make sure it comes from a healthy source and has no added ingredients.

Have you ever used Gelatin? If not… what are you waiting for? Share below!

Reader Comments

    • Kellogg2 says

      The Great Lakes Kosher gelatin brand is from grass-fed animals. That’s the biggest difference I know of, but there may be other differences.

      • cruise says

        How in the world were you able to determine (Verify in your words) that this gelatin comes exclusively from grass fed beef? Great Lakes gelatin does not manufacture their own gelatin, they do not own a plant. They are a private label reseller of gelatin.

    • says

      Several of the links in the article above are to either medical sites or published studies, and the book Nourishing Traditions explains the science behind the health benefits of Gelatin in depth…

  1. charity says

    Hi, Are you familiar with Bernard Jensen Gelatin? I can’t tell which gelatin would be better to take. Thanks!

  2. PegOBrien61 says

    Apparently you can also use it to make a version of a popular ‘pore strip’. I just Googled gelatin pore strip to get recipes for that. Ratio is a little different than your skin mask above. Haven’t tried it yet, but planning to.

    • Stephanie Bagato says

      I’ve done the pore mask strip, I loved it! I highly recommend NOT doing it all over your face. For one, you most likely don’t have blackheads all over your face like on your cheekbones and closer to your eye area, and two, it feels like a band aid when you take it off!

  3. PegOBrien61 says

    What about the Collagen Hydrolysate (also offered by Great Lakes)? They say it’s the same only won’t gel. Do you think the gelling is necessary if using it only as a supplement?

  4. Lisa SCVMGA says

    Thank you so much for doing my homework for me (and finding a reputable source); I look forward to incorporating more gelatin into my life and seeing what happens! :)

  5. Jody C says

    I made my first batch of homemade marshmallows and my grandkids think they are wonderful. I like them too, but they are so sweet so I don’t eat them much. I’m going to try using gelatin more in our daily diets. Thanks for the excellent ideas and info.

  6. Kristen says

    Do you have to take gelatin on an empty stomach to experience the benefits? Also, is there any difference between taking the porcine vs. the beef gelatin?

    • says

      I’m not a doc, but I do take it while pregnant… it is a natural food especially from sources like bone broth, and since we don’t get enough, I personally take it daily :-)

      • Kate says

        Hi, Thank you for such a wonderful site! This was my question too. I was going to ask OBY if I should stop taking while pregnant but have a feeling I will get a simple answer like, don’t take anything other than prenatal vitamins and necessary prescriptions. They don’t really know if it is safe as they are Doctors not nutritionists. I just discovered gelatin as a supplement when I bought my daughter a gummy making kit and in the reviews someone suggested using the Great Lakes brand over store bought and using juice and honey instead of jello packets. We did this and the result was yucky, strong gelatin flavored slightly sweet gummy things. We still haven’t had a good batch so I will try your recipe. I started researching the benefits of adding this to the diet and have been adding 1-2 teaspoon to a strong flavored tea at night (Bengal Spice). I still have a hard time with the flavor/smell..do you have any advise on covering it up?

  7. says

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m just starting to incorporate gelatin into my diet. Hoping it will help with my chronic knee pain. And if it also helps me sleep better and lose weight, I’ll be estactic!

  8. disqus_Hjc8OT7HDF says

    i love gelatin! i didn’t know it’s helping me keep my skin healthy. i just realized that when my friends commented on how bright my skin look. i am 58.

  9. says

    I just got a package of that gelatin and can’t wait to experiment with it! My husband and I are going to make gummies and add electrolytes/minerals/vit C, etc for when we cycle. Thanks!

  10. Heather says

    Do you have any thoughts about taking Gelatin in capsules? That would be easier for me for my joint issues. If you recommend it, any idea what a good brand would be? Thanks!!

    • Rick says

      Great Lakes Gelatin is not really kosher. The rabbi that certifies there is kosher also certifies pig Gelatin has kosher. if you want true kosher gelatin and Halal, try Custom Collagen, available in Grass fed beef and Farm raised kosher tilapia fish.

  11. Laura says

    Wow! Looks really cool! Could you please give us your marshmallow recipe? No idea how you would make those… I am not sure if the regular supermarket gelatin I find here (I live in France ) is natural, the ingredients sound pretty synthetic (is that possible?) wich probably wouldn’t mean getting all the amazing properties gelatin gives…

  12. ladycygnus says

    I bought gelatin last year when I read one of your blog posts… and then never used it. It sat in my cabinet gathering dust. Recently I started adding about a tablespoon to my yogurt in the morning, because I have to use it somehow so why not? It’s a week later and my skin is so silky smooth that I find myself “petting” my hands. These same hands I’ve been drenching in coconut oil all winter to provide some moisture. Although my stomach has also been a little upset lately and I’ve wondered if it was connected.

  13. Alex says

    How much Gelatin do you recommend as a daily dosage? I bought 550mg capsules and it says on the bottle take 4 capsules 1-3 times a day. I find this quite a lot. What are your thoughts?

    • Heather Nicole Jackson says

      I just bought a bottle of capsules as well and it says to take 2 after every meal and right before bedtime. I imagine too much would never hurt. Maybe try take 2 capsules, twice a day.

  14. Brian & Kristen Pressnell says

    I made your marshmallow recipe for my kiddos and they loved it! I plan to make the recipe again this week. I added the probiotics to it. I love knowing my kids are eating healthy life giving snacks! Thank you for the recipe!

  15. Jennifer Mapp says

    I eagerly tried the gelatin that you mentioned in your post, however, I simply mixed the non-gelling type with water only to find myself having terrible diarrhea, extreme nausea and a horrible headaches for two days. I tried it twice a week apart and the reaction was the same.

    Have you ever heard of someone having this reaction to gelatin, and if so, do you think it will resolve itself over time?


      • Jennifer Mapp says

        Only one tablespoon mixed in water. Even more strange, is that when the symptoms finally subsided, I actually felt rejuvenated-not tired and weak. Very interesting experience, to say the least!

        • Lorin Beatty says

          It probably caused a detoxifying reaction (as mentioned it can improve liver function). I was once was laid out for three days (sick at both ends) from eating the tiniest bit of cilantro – which is known to cause detox of heavy metals in your body).

          • Tori says

            I know I’m reading this months after the last post, but I agree that it is the body detoxing. It stinks that you have to endure pain and misery to clean the body, but if you stick to it then it is worth it in the end!

          • Krista Gordon says

            I’m beginning to wonder the same! I read this post a year ago and tried implementing 1 tbsp added to my tea in the evening and each time I did so, I felt horrible with indigestion – really intense…not sure what else to call it. I was more interested in getting rest than trying to keep taking the gelatin, so I stopped. I’m pregnant now and this evening tried adding just 1 tsp to my tea and I feel the same again: major indigestion, almost vomited…and 1 week ago when i added it to my bolognese sauce (the recipe called for 8 tbsp for a 12 portion meal), and it gave me and my son diarrhea! So curious about if I can keep taking it and if I’ll feel better eventually if I do. I got the Great Lakes beef gelatin. I’ve also had a parasite issue, so I know that detoxifying is a major deal for me – although, that is NOT my goal in taking it right now….just want to have a healthy pregnancy!

  16. Deanna says

    Can gelatin be used for babies under 1? My son has bad eczema and I’m concerned about his gut health. I just started him on a probiotic so I’m hoping that helps him some.

      • Deanna says

        Hi Miranda! You know I never tried the gelatin bc I never found out if it was safe for infants. He’s 8 months and I just started solids and roasted a chicken and made bone broth from that since it has natural gelatin. Not sure if the probiotics are helping, but they sure aren’t hurting! I wonder if he would be worse off if he wasn’t using them. I’m using garden of life raw kids since they’re approved for 3 months and older :)

  17. Oz says

    Hi! great post, i really want to try some of this specially for loose skin (i lost about 40 pounds and my skin is just hanging everywhere) could you give me the portions for the gelatin marshmallows? they sound simple and delicious, Thank you!

  18. Hedvika says

    Hi. Today was my second time I’ve tried to do the gelatine hair treatment and the mixture Im getting is not even close to be think let alone gel :(( what do I do wrong??? Half cup in my measure jug is around 100ml. Is that correct?
    Also would like to ask how do you take gelatine internally? with that tea all the time?

    Thank you very much. Hedvika

    • Shelly McGuire says

      Yes! I have the same problem with the hair conditioner not being thick. I followed the directions exactly and used the type of gelatin you use!! Please help :)

      • Miranda Smith says

        I wonder if the shampoo/conditioner may have a chemical in it similar to the fruit mentioned in the article?

        • kristina says

          Hello Katie,
          Is regular gelatin o.k. to use? I live in Europe and can’t order the product that you recommend? Or do you know of recources in Europe?
          Thanks, Kristina.

        • allyt says

          Hi, I love this website so much! Seriously the most valuable health info I have ever come across, and I’ve been into the “health journey” for years. In any event, I finally bought some Great Lakes Gelatin, but I held off because when I called the company several months ago I could have sworn that the woman told me that their cattle resource was somewhere in South America, and that she couldn’t verify whether, or not they were fed gmo corn. I will call again because I finally got the stuff and really like it, but I am somewhat concerned…

  19. Miranda Smith says

    This sounds amazing! I have a hormone imbalance that is messed up by the pituitary gland &/or the hypothalamus. It in turn causes all of the health problems mentioned in your article. I’m going to try this & will post results later. Thanks for the info & time researching this.

  20. Shojib Ashrafi Na Ashrafi says

    Keep those meal tickets as evidence. Lawyer up, and you’re set through college with a
    starter home. Just a suggestion, but try and steer clear of the fast food from now on.
    Feel better champ!

  21. kimyamaguchi says

    I have the same brand of gelatin that you recommend. So far I have only used it to make homemade gummies (that 2 of 4 kids LOVE). I am really excited about all the other benefits/uses it has :)
    I made homemade bone broth (and was sooooooooo happy to see how jiggly it got after being in the fridge). I used it to make rice, only adding enough water to cook (as the bone broth was completely jiggly). It completely absorbed into the rice. We eat a lot of rice in this house (being part Asian and all, it’s a staple) and the thought that we’re getting lots of goodness with it is just awesome.

  22. Action Girl says

    Hi! I love your site. Thanks for all the helpful tips.
    Do you have any info on beef gelatin vs. sea vegetable gelatin? Living the the UK I cannot get the Great Lakes brand on amazon.co.uk. Thank you!

  23. Joy says

    For the vitamins, have you tried adding fish oil? fish oil usually has terrible after taste, so I am wondering if it can be mixed with vit C powder in a homemade vitamin?

  24. Renukah says

    When you take it as a supplement, do you capsal it or mix with liquid and drink? I don’t always have the time or space to make broth and other goodies, but want to make sure I get a healthy dose in me!

  25. Aimee says

    Can’t wait to try out some of these ideas! I already know about making lollies but there are so many other great ideas there! I’m waiting on a shipment of Great Lakes gelatin to arrive and when it does I’ll have so much to do with it, woo!

    I love making lollies at home with juice and stevia, I’ve even made Chikko Baby knock-offs with cacao, raw honey and coconut milk, and kombucha ones. But I’m keen to try the marshmallows and hair treatment also.

    Thanks for the info!

  26. Dawn Viola says

    Katie, thank you so much for the info on the gelatin. I’m going to look for the grass-fed brand you suggested :-)

  27. Shelly says

    You just contradicted your self. Why use expensive collagen creams when the molecule can’t absorb yet you add on that gelatin is a great mask for skin…? IDK…

  28. Heather Stevens says

    So I sent you a private message a while back, no response. Anyway, can someone please help me answer some questions regarding the use of gelatin? After reading the benefits of gelatin in this post last year, I purchased capsules at whole foods hoping to help me brittle, weak, peeling nails. I took a month’s supply and was shocked! My nails were long, strong, and beautiful. I bought another bottle and about half way through, my nails became weak and all broke off. I finished the bottle but still no luck. Three or four months later I decided to try again. The exact same thing happened. The first bottle gave me long and strong nails, until it didn’t. What the heck is going on?! Why would it work so well for a month and then back to square one? Someone, please, respond. Thanks

    • Kathy says

      All I can think of is that you ran short of another nutrient that was needed along w/the gelatin to work on your nails. When you took a break you replenished your body of that nutrient & then ran short again. Maybe look up what other nutrients are needed for nails too?

  29. Karen says

    Hello, first I want to thank you for all your valuable advices!!! I would like to know if I can incorporate the gelatin in hot tea? I have a thermos where I always have hot pu-erh black tea with rose buds and I drink that the whole day. Will the gelatin loose it’s affects in hot tea? Thank you!

  30. Jennifer says

    HAIR TREATMENT FIX: I had the same problem with the hair treatment so here’s what I did. I mixed the 1 tabespoon of gelatin into the half cup cool water and then let it sit until it thickens (about 2 minutes) then I skipped the next step of adding the warm water because that is what was making it thin and watery! I then added the AC vinegar and honey and mixed until smooth. Very thick and gel like! Hope this helps!

    • says

      Great idea! I have baby fine thin hair, so half a cup is all I need anyhow.

      What I have been doing is putting it in the fridge to chill, then pouring it into a hair coloring bottle. I find that makes applying it much easier, and there is less waste. I only use half a bottle at a time, so I store it in the fridge. When I want do do another treatment, I put it in warm water to dissolve to a gel and then apply.

  31. Sophie G says

    I understand that grass-fed changed the fat and nutrient profile of beef; however, since beef gelatin is an isolated product (which does not include nutrients, other than amino acids, and fat), shouldn’t it be that grass-fed in regards to gelatin is of no importance?

    Thank you,

  32. Margaret Hattman says

    Hi Katie!
    My son is 13 and growing like crazy! ( 3.5″ since September) He sometimes complains of pain in his legs and joints which is of course growing pains. Would extra gelatin help alleviate this? I have ordered the supplies needed to make the gummy snack and vitamins. Is there an additional ingredient I can put in specifically for “growing Pains”? And lastly, is it possible to take too much gelatin? My son is the size of a small adult, 5.5″ and weighs about 110 lbs. He is very fit with very little fat.
    Thank you for sharing such valuable information on your website. I have spent hours on it over the last few days and am excited to implement much of it in our lives.

    • Jeremy says

      If he is an athlete at that age make sure you watch his knees for bumps forming at the top of the shins. That’s a sign of Ozgood Schlatter Syndrome which I had as a teenager. It starts with soreness just below the knee and gets to be very painful as it progresses. Unfortunately the only real remedy is to limit running until the growth spurts are done. I would however wonder if gelatin helps builds the tendons at all which would help prevent it.

  33. Laurel O'Brien says

    to my understanding, gelatin is not a viable source of collagen because it’s just digested as a protein. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll still use it for adding texture in my cooking.

  34. deb says

    I just bought my gelatin put a little bit in water and was pleased that there was no taste. But I am curious you say not to boil it but to add it to the bone broth. How does that work?

    • Danielle says

      When you make broth from bones, you don’t add gelatin.. it comes from the bones. Bone broth is the best source of gelatin, but you can use powdered stuff also.

  35. Laura says

    When adding the gelatin to shampoo, will it need to be refrigerated? I know usually homemade gel does need to be refrigerated. I am just wondering if this would be the same. Thanks!

  36. David says

    Just read this post whilst making yet another batch of bone broth. I know that making your own is much better, but I was wondering if one would reap the same benefits from the gelatin product you linked in your post? I have been enjoying my broth treats as well as the benefits it brings. If the gelatin you listed is comparable, then the rest of my family wouldn’t have to endure the lovely ‘stench’ that emanates from the stock pot during the process of the homemade broth. I realise that your hands are tied as far as recommendations, but any assistance you could offer would be most appreciated.
    Thanks for all the great content on your site! Keep the posts coming!

      • David says

        I looked on their website and it says they do in fact use grass fed cattle, as you already knew for yourself. But it also says that it is slaughtered in Argentina and Brazil. I’m hoping that is where the cattle are raised, but the site also states that beef hides are the only product used to manufacter gelatin in those countries. So, they aren’t getting it from the bones the same way as making a broth? I’m slightly confused. I know it isn’t equal to the total benefits of a bone broth, but I would’ve thought it was sourced from the same thing. Again, any insight would be helpful. I’m not looking for medical advise as I know you cannot give, nor would I expect that from anyone but my NP. You’ve obviously done your homework and I’d like to get some of your notes.

  37. Frank Eugene says

    I’m told and have read that all gelatin contains MSG….I’m allergic to MSG…If it’s true that gelatin contains MSG, why do you fail to mention this fact?

  38. Becca says

    For those of you interested in the grassfed nature of this product, I think that it’s important to point out that, nutritionally, as long as the gelatin is free of contaminants, it should provide the same healthful qualities as any other gelatin product that meets the same specifications. You can access the Great Lakes testing specs on their “Business Customers” portion of the website under the Specs tab. As several other people have pointed out, this is a highly processed product regardless of the source. It seems to me the difference is that this company focuses on purity and quality, so you are probably getting a superior product. That being said, I think the company should make a better effort to disclose their animal sources so that consumers can make a better choice for the planet and their bodies. Personally, I’d purchase this over Knox any day, but after having read The Jungle, I am not under any illusions about about the earthy or wholesome nature of commercial gelatin production.

  39. Cathleen says

    Thank you for all this excellent information! Congrats on keeping your cool with a lot of pathetic drilling by those who feel the need to tear down others for any reason (or no reason at all). I’m excited to incorporate more gelatine into my families’ diet and can’t wait to try some of your suggestions! I’m off to see what other treasures you have on your site!

  40. Mario says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for the useful info. I don’t use gelatin for health and wellness, but I think I’ll start after reading about its benefits.
    I use it to size up hardboard when I’m painting. It seals amazingly and prevents warpness. This is something my old art teacher taught us forty years ago.

  41. Mary says

    Is gelatin safe to eat and drink while breastfeeding? I’m eager to try it, but am currently nursing a 3 month old and a 2 year old…

  42. Vickie says

    I was doing some research on Veg caps vs Gelatin caps and came across this article that says a lot about taking gelatin. I’ve been drinking it every morning in my lemon/honey water for about a month now and I feel that my skin is looking better; however, after reading this article, I skeptical. I would like to know your thoughts on this very well written article.
    Thank you so much~!!

  43. Sigrid says

    Hi, I just came across this blog and I was wondering how much of the powdered gelatin one should consume in one day to have some of these health benefits? I am currently attempting to take 1 tbsp a day in the mornings but was thinking of adding another tbsp before bed. Is this too much? I’d like to increase joint health as well as better skin health. So, if I have to take more per day I’d like to know just how much is recommended. Thanks!

    • zosia says

      I know I’m not the wellness mama, but I thought I would just give my two cents…actually “Butter Believer’s” two cents. She says, “2 tablespoons per day is a good dose I would recommend, but probably more depending on how much meat you eat.”
      The part about how much meat you eat…I think the more muscle meat you eat…the more gelatin you should have to balance everything out.

      As for me…I have between 2-4 T of GF beef gelatin per day…and I’m still alive ;)

  44. zosia says

    I understand that grass-fed changes the fat and nutrient profile of beef (the actual meat); however, since beef gelatin is an isolated product (which does not include nutrients (other than amino acids) and fat), shouldn’t it be that grass-fed in regards to gelatin is of no importance?

    …but also what about MSG…?

    Thank you,

  45. Janet says

    can I use Knox gelatine and if so ..how would you mix it? and also I am drinking lemon water, is it ok to keep drinking it while using gelatine?

  46. Linda says

    I am wanting to incorporate gelatin into our health regime. My son has a dairy/beef allergy – can you tell me your thoughts on the porcine gelatine ? Are the benefits the same?
    Also if anyone knows of a reputable gelatin in uk that doesn’t cost the earth I would very much appreciate it!

  47. David says

    Hi Katie,
    I recently got the gelatin that you suggested, but I am having difficulties getting it to disolve without clumping up. The can says that it can be added to hot or cold liquids, but all it does is make a glue ball (for loss of a better description). How do you manage to get past this. I’ve tried sprinkling it on top of a warm liquid and letting it “bloom” and that takes care of some of this problem…still clumps up for the most part. Any help you can offer would be most appreciated.

  48. Jill says

    Hi, I’d like to try this method this summer for myself and my children–can you tell me what doses you use for kids? Mine are 9 and 11. Thanks!

  49. Brandy says

    I live in Canada, and can’t seem to order this brand through Amagon or order it at all from their website. Do you know of any other brands? I really would like to try it as I suffer from IBS and I also work out a lot, it would be very beneficial. – Thanks

  50. Jen says

    Any kosher product is not derived from a humanely raised animal. Kosher cows are not stunned before slaughter!!

  51. Kate says

    Hi, Thank you for such a wonderful site! This was my question too. I was going to ask OBY if I should stop taking while pregnant but have a feeling I will get a simple answer like, don’t take anything other than prenatal vitamins and necessary prescriptions. They don’t really know if it is safe as they are Doctors not nutritionists. I just discovered gelatin as a supplement when I bought my daughter a gummy making kit and in the reviews someone suggested using the Great Lakes brand over store bought and using juice and honey instead of jello packets. We did this and the result was yucky, strong gelatin flavored slightly sweet gummy things. We still haven’t had a good batch so I will try your recipe. I started researching the benefits of adding this to the diet and have been adding 1-2 teaspoon to a strong flavored tea at night (Bengal Spice). I still have a hard time with the flavor/smell..do you have any advise on covering it up?

  52. Elisa says

    Hi, I’m loving your website… with a 3 year old girl that has a chronic skin rash I’m see some light when I read your articles and recipes… Thanks for taking the time to do this project.

    I wanted to ask you about the home made gummies recipe with beef gelatin… I just can’t find that one…

    Thanks a million!


  53. Shannon says

    Hi everyone! I’ve been having a really hard time mixing powdered gelatin in tea. I do exactly what this says, mix with cool water, wait, then mix with hot tea, but there is always slime at the bottom of my cup. Not only am not getting much gelatin, but it’s very hard to remove. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

  54. Sarah says

    Do you think it would be okay to put some of the Great Lakes Gelatin powder into capsule and take this way on the days I don’t cook with it?

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