12 Uses for Gelatin

12 Uses for Gelatin and gelatins great health benefits

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 themThis 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 approvedI 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 (green lid)  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 tooMost 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 sugarHomemade 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! Plus, kids love it!

6. Wrinkle Reducer

health benefits of sunbathing- benefits far outweigh cancer risk!You 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 ReviewConstipation? 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 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

Kettlebells- great gift idea for men- fitness in under 10 mins a dayI 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 and Improve Fertility, PMS, Endo and More... I’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 BrothThe most cost effective and nutrient dense way to consume Gelatin is in the form of homemade bone broth or stock. Of course, 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 (green lid) 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. You can also get blue lid collagen powder which does not gel but easily dissolves in hot or cold water.

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. The Collagen Protein (green lid) will gel and is good for things like Jello while the Collagen Peptides (blue lid) is great for mixing in to hot or cold drinks.

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

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Reader Comments

    • Kesha 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.

      • Ian says

        Remember when choosing which gelatin to buy that you take into account where the cows were raised. For example: Great Lakes brand uses animals raised in Brazil or Argentina these areas are not good places to buy bovine products from because they are probably raised on deforested rainforest land.

        • Cindy says

          I would tend to disagree with the statement that cows in Brazil or Argentina are likely to be raised on deforested land. I can’t imagine ANYONE deforesting land so as to raise cows. The farmers certainly couldn’t afford to do that. They would be raised on grass lands like all cows.

          If land is deforested, it’s to harvest the money crop….trees.

        • isabel says

          Argentine cattle are raised in the fertle grasslands of central argentina (looks like Kansas), no rainforests in argentina. similar climate to the Midwest. So don’t just generalize and demonize an entire region.

    • Rosy says

      Kosher just means that it has been approved to meet the Biblical standards of the Jews. It has nothing to do with nutritional value or real science at all. It’s very safe to eat non-Kosher foods, though I wouldn’t recommend anything that comes from pigs or has been exposed to their meet/bones/excraments, which are natural sources of carcinogens and tape-worm larvae that boiling/baking/BBQ-ing won’t easily kill. (Sorry for the ruined appetites out there, but knowledge is power!)

      • Mike says

        Kosher has nothing to do with “biblical” standards. “Kosher” (Kashrus in Hebrew) means the food is fit to consume in accordance with Jewish laws concerning preparation and eating of food. There are many regulations, based on good science, involved in Kosher.

        Pork is no more carcinogenic than beef, poultry or other meats.

        “Pigs become infected by eating tapeworm eggs in the feces of a human infected with a tapeworm.” If you bother to look under “Prevention” you’ll see suggestions concerning personal hygene as well as washing fruits and vegetables, but not one syllable about avoiding pork. Based on the evidence, it is humans who infect pigs.

    • Nicki says

      I bought the Great Lake green Kosher because it dissolves in cold water, and does not gel. I drink it in my morning coffee. If you want to use the gelatin in recipes like marshmallows, or hair conditioner, you will need the red, it will gel.

      • Alicia says

        If you don’t want the gelatine to gel, then use Wellness Mama Katie’s advice in reverse:

        “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.”

        If you simply want to drink it, do not want to gel anything, do not like the texture of it in plain water, then bloom 1 Tbls. in cold water, then add FRESH pineapple juice, kiwi or papaya smoothie. Yummm :-)

    • Jasmine says

      Yes, Dr. Peat has some amazing articles on that site. Gelatin is pretty amazing stuff. Everyone should read that article as well as his other stuff.

    • 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. Peg OBrien 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!

  2. Peg OBrien 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?

  3. Lisa 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! :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

      • Sheila says

        I have been taking mine in the am. one glass of water to start my day, but I than add 1 teaspoon in my coffee. I have less inflammation through out the day if I use on a daily bases. I also do a tablespoon at night on an empty stomach.

    • 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?

        • Debbie says

          I have found that the Great Lakes version in the green can is tasteless. It also doesn’t gel so it’s good for adding to liquids or other food items.

  6. Susan Ventura 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!

  7. Susan Villaroman 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

    • joey says

      I get nauseous from regular gelatin it seems but I heard many people react just fine to the hydrolysate collagen . . Which sounds like you get sick from that too?? Never know, listen to our bodies.. I am going to try the hydrolysate soon and hope it works for me if not I am done… Not sure if it would just be detox or just not for me.. Either way I rather detox softly. . . I hope it works for me!! I have a feeling it will. I just dissolved some regular gelatin in some hot water. . even added some lemon juice to it fresh squeezed from the lemon. I feel fine… hmm.

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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!

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

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  20. kim yamaguchi 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.

    • Mick says

      I ordered this gelatin and can’t wait to experiment. I make bone broth regularly because I am on a Paleo diet, but I’m going to start incorporaing gelatin into my everyday diet.

      To make jiggly chicken bone broth, this is what I do:

      I buy two roast chickens from Whole Foods and when I’m finished using them up (I save the bones as I use the meat), I make a broth by using a mixutre organic vegetable broth and (filtered) water as the starting liquid. I add the bones from both chickens and gently boil it down, stirring it every once in a while, until the liquid is about half the original amount. I strain twice with cheescloth and then refridgerate. After it’s solidified, I’ll reheat and drink a bowl of it in the morning for breakfast.

      I pick the bones again and save the meat for the dog and add the gelatinous liquid to his grass-fed kibble. He LOVES it!

  21. Jessica Rieken 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!

  22. 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?

    • Charlene says

      Hi! I know this is late but we have been adding cod liver oil to the chewable vitamins with great results. My kids don’t even know it’s in there!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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 :-)

  26. 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…

  27. 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?

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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,

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

      • Val says

        Thank God for some common sense……………organic chicken broth is the best for all kinds of ailments…………….also Sardines and tomatoes cooked and raw.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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…

  41. 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~!!

  42. 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 ;)

  43. 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,

  44. 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?

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. 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

  49. 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?

  50. 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!


  51. 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?

  52. 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?

  53. diane says

    Was excited to take the Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate gelatin for all the health benefits and within a week broke out in cold sores. It made no sense why. I wondered if it might be the gelatin, since that was the only new food I’d added into to my diet, because usually its just stress that brings them on, but I’d had no stress. After some googling, I found gelatin can cause cold sores. Once they’re healed, I may reintroduce gelatin into my diet, but will make sure I’m taking Lysine to offset the argnine, and I won’t do the 1 TBSP in a.m. and p.m., as I was doing. Hopefully that will work and I can continue taking it. We shall see.

  54. Sonia says

    Hi there
    I will start off by saying “Please excuse the ignorance”
    Your point on Gelatin being a good weigh loss component. You mentioned that it “can boost Human Growth Hormone production”. Would this not be bad for cancer patients. My mother had breast cancer a few years ago. There was a supplement that i wanted her to take (cant recall what it was) I first did a bit of research on the supplement. It mentioned the it would increase Human Growth Hormone. Therefore, should not be taken by someone who is fighting cancer or has already fought the battle of cancer?

    Do you know anything about this?
    Can i recommend my mom take the gelatine?

  55. Joan says


    First I think your site is wonderful and people who are commenting are knowledgeable in many ways however we can’t all get all the answers all the time. You still have to do your own homework and not expect to always have it all handed to you on a plate. I do a lot of reading and research when I embark on taking some new as I did with gelatin. I am taking the Great Lakes brand the green can (easy mix-no taste at all). There is one thing while I have been experiencing the positive effects something has happened to my bowel movements which have become much harder and can’t seem to get on schedule as I was before. I juice and smoothy adding flax oil and seed and continue to have difficult movements. I am not sure it is the gelatin. Was just cking in to see if anyone else has had any issues in this area. Thanks so much for your great website….keep it coming. Joan

    • Melanie says

      Joan, I have definitely noticed the same thing since I started taking gelatin capsules. My excrements are now dry and crumbly and are precipitated by a sudden unbearable pressure signaling the need to hit the bathroom. However the positive change is that it has seemed to help with stomach bloating.

      Does anyone know if the gelatin powder sold in grocery stores for making desserts is the same gelatin that is sold as supplements?

    • Karen says

      I have had a CHRONIC problem with slow digestion/constipation (I think I have some genetic weaknesses) and I just started making my own natto and am eating it daily. My stools are dramatically changing to normal, soft, brown stools. This is a huge answer for me for a lifelong problem.

  56. Joan Edelmann says


    This is my second post here and have gotten some good feed back from you all. About the constipation I have been experiencing with taking the gelatin. I have started on 3/4 stewed prunes morning and night and I seem to be getting back on track with more comfortable bowel movements. So i guess my body was just not used to it and needed to take a little less (started with 1 tbl. am and pm.) now backed up to 1/2 am 1/2 pm and will do that for a while and then go up again..and see how that works. Thanks all again for your input., Joan

  57. Joan Edelmann says

    This is my second post here and have gotten some good feed back from you all. About the constipation I have been experiencing with taking the gelatin. I have started on 3/4 stewed prunes morning and night and I seem to be getting back on track with more comfortable bowel movements. So i guess my body was just not used to it and needed to take a little less (started with 1 tbl. am and pm.) now backed up to 1/2 am 1/2 pm and will do that for a while and then go up again..and see how that works. Thanks all again for your input., Joan

  58. Katie says

    Hi I just started following you and love all I have read so far! I have 4 children and tons of stretch marks on my tummy! I was wondering…you said your stretch marks are getting better from taking gelatin…so I was wondering how long you had been taking gelatin before you started noticing this. :)

  59. Patsy says

    Hi Katie, I do not have children at home anymore, I am still a mama, and I am interested in how I can start putting more healthy things into this 57 year old body of mine. Today I went and bought gelatin at my local health food store. It just says “beef gelatin” on it, so I don’t know if there is anything else in it. But I figure it’s got to be better than the Knox gelatin you get at the grocery store, right? I made the marshmallow recipe, and they are really fun and yummy. My question is, how many marshmallow per day is enough in order to reap the benefits of gelatin? How many of them is too much? Thank you so much for your great site!

  60. esra says

    Hi Katie, I am a vegeterian. If I consume plant based gellatin, could I still receive the same health benefits?

  61. Jaime says

    My almost 2 year old has some severe food intolerances and I would like to start giving him gelatin daily as bone broth seems too difficult. I understand that 1 tbsp is the appropriate dose for an adult but I can’t find any info online for a child- wellness mama, do you have any ideas

  62. Katharina says

    Do you know how I can get this kind of gelatin (for making jello for my family) in Canada? I`ve tried many places without success. Thank you!

  63. Laura says

    I was wondering if anyone knows if Gelatin can help with TMJ pain? I have a bad case in my left jaw and hear all this crunching and popping. Is very painful to eat. Does anyone have experience with gelatin helping the jaw joints? Thanks!

    • Patricia Grimes says

      I am a 86 year old widow and having TMJ pain and the cracking sound in my jaw.
      Have you been to a doctor?
      Wondering what treatment they will offer.
      Will appreciate your reply.

  64. Brooke says

    I bought the powder form. Wondering if I can put them in capsules and take them this way instead??

  65. Carole says

    Hi, I’m very interested in the use of gelatin and wondered whether anyone can tell me if vegetarian gelatin works in the same way..?

  66. Rachel Zwicker says

    Thank you for your blog! I have been using it everyday for two months now! I have made major changes in so many areas! I have been taking gelatin for over two weeks now. I put one Tbsp in my coffee in the morning and then one Tbsp in a cup of chamomile tea just before bed. I immediately noticed that I got a better night’s sleep. Last night I made an extra cup of chamomile tea for my husband. He rarely reports a good night’s sleep. He has a hard time turning off his brain. For once he tried one of my crazy nutrition ideas. This morning he said he slept better than he has in a very long time! I am so excited about gelatin! It has been very easy to add to my diet and I can already see major benefits! Thanks so much for this information! Life changing!

  67. Erin says

    Wow, the gelatin treatment made such a difference in my daughter’s hair! It is very curly and hard to manage but we did this treatment last week and since then it has been shiny, easy to brush and just beautiful! Thanks so much!

  68. Teresa says

    I followed the directions perfectly for the hair treatment but it did not turn out thick at all. There was no gel like consistency. What went wrong?

  69. JT Smith says

    Hey Mama!

    I’m estrogen deficient but am so impressed by the benefits of gelatin. Can I still consume it?

    Thank you

  70. Jenifer says

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I’ve done the hair treatment and it worked great for my crowning glory! :)

    Read this online recently, seems gelatin would do the trick here as well. I’ve been taking it in tea before bed, a tablespoon or more in Tulsi/camomile tea, but will make sure not to snack for several hours previous.

    “Middle aged spread is caused by the loss of collagen, among other things. Collagen doesn’t just keep your face nice and tight, it also helps keep skin taught throughout the body and helps keep your internal organs from slumping. I’m not making this up, a plastic surgeon told me.”

  71. Denise says

    Hey there! I just looked on Great Lakes Gelatin business page which provides a wealth of information on their gelatin products. And they go very much into detail. But no where, not on any of the pages, do they state that their animals are grass-fed or grass-finished or that there are no hormones or antibiotics used. The only thing they do show is a Kosher certification which expires in Dec. of 2014. If this company is on the up and up, then why not put “grass-fed”, “no hormones used” and “no antibiotics used” right on their label and/or on their website, at the very least. Something just doesn’t seem right here. Here is the url: http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/business/GeneralInfo.htm. I’m highly skeptical of this company. If Great Lakes will only supply this information privately upon request, and won’t even put it on their company website, I have to wonder how truthful they’re being because they sure aren’t being transparent. I think I’ll be looking for another supplier as I’m quite keen on incorporating collagen/gelatin into my diet from all I’ve read.

  72. Denise says

    As a follow-up to my previous post: I came across this company. Take a look at this site: http://www.vitalproteins.com/gelatin-collagen-protein-group.html This is what I mean about being transparent. I wish Great Lakes had something like this on their site. Now this product is much more expensive but I would expect that given the high standards of production. At least they offer free shipping on all orders. Just a thought . . . . .

  73. Denise says

    Thanks Katie and good luck! And thank you for creating this great website! I’ve learned so much from you and truly appreciate your integrity and dedication. The wealth of info contained here is fantastic. I just rec’d my container of Great Lakes gelatin (the hydrosylate kind) and will not open it until I hear back from you. I have no qualms about returning it. In the meantime I did purchase the other brand I mentioned. That will arrive on Monday. I do intend to make this part of my daily diet – thanks again for all the useful info on gelatin. I had no idea! Keep up the great work!

  74. Jenifer says

    I agree Denise, it seems suspicious that Great Lakes doesn’t publicly advertise that their sources are grass-fed. It is quite something that they’ve got the reputation without the qualifications! All the natural health sites I’ve seen talking about gelatin, are recommending Great Lakes! I will definitely check out that other source you mention. Thanks!

  75. Chris says

    I am an amateur body builder and often suffer joint and soft tissue injuries. I would buy off-the-shelf flavoured Gelatin powder and make it into Jelly (or Jello if you are American) and consume it each night for a week. It really does assist in injury repair.

  76. angela says

    How much gelatin should be added to infant formula per day? I don’t want to give too much. And you used the red can (regular gelatin) for your babies? Mine is 6 months old.

  77. Denise says

    Well I received my 2 lb. container of Vital Proteins Collagen Protein Powder yesterday and right away was wondering how I could put it to work. Once every couple of weeks, we indulge in a good Italian pasta dinner with fresh marinara sauce. I’m always looking for a way to cut the acidity in my sauce without compromising the flavor and haven’t really hit on an acceptable solution yet. Well, since I needed to dilute my sauce a bit anyway, I mixed two scoopfuls of the collagen in room temperature, filtered water, waited a few minutes, ladled in some finished marinara sauce and whisked together. I then poured that into the rest of the sauce and mixed well. My meatballs were already in there and I had it off the fire so as not to cook it any further. Well, it mixed great – didn’t even know it was in there. But the pleasant surprise was that, voila! It wasn’t acidic! It was very smooth, thickened just a tad and the taste hadn’t changed a bit. I asked my roommate if he concurred for fear that maybe I was going looney but he agreed. He usually has to take an antacid before bedtime when he has marinara sauce, but not last night. That was my proof! So I finally found a way to make my sauce less acidic and even more healthy to boot. Yayyyyy! Had the collagen in my coffee this morning – again, didn’t alter the flavor. It was very silky and smooth going down. I’m so thrilled knowing that adding collagen to my diet will be an easy curve for me. I’m starting slow though – just once a day – so that my body can adjust to it. I can’t wait to add it to my shampoo and to make that hair treatment – that’s next on my list. :-)

  78. Lindsay says

    Hi Katie,
    I am planning on purchasing the Great Lakes brand gelatin but I’m not sure what product will be right for me. I plan on making gummies and jello with it, but would also like the option of putting into teas and smoothies. Also I am not sure of the difference between the bovine and porcine products. What do you recommend?

  79. Denise says

    So last night I tried adding a 1/2 tspn of gelatin to my shampoo. I have the dreaded thinning-on-top-hair and so any kind of volumizing I can get to my crown, I’m a fan of. The gelatin made my shampoo really thick and I needed to use it right away once I mixed it together. I let my hair dry naturally and I definitely felt the difference in the texture and volume as it air-dryed. The next morning, I wet my hair again, put on some gel and blow-dryed it. Definitely a difference! My hair had way more body than it ever has had – on a hot, humid day no less, when my hair usually looks lifeless. The feel of my hair through my fingers is great. Soft and full. My crown looks a little poofier which I’m very satisfied with. I’ll have to try that hair treatment next. Great, great tip though. Thanks Katie! As an aside, I was thinking that massaging that shampoo through your hair can’t be bad for your nails as well. Sort of a double treatment!

  80. Lisa says

    I don’t eat meat, so I guess taking gelatin isn’t for me?! or is there an alternative? Many thanks!

  81. Emerald Jones says

    Please comment on this different source of gelatin and its uses. I salvaged a half-gallon of gelatin following my church’s monthly feeding the homeless. We bake enough chicken for about 100 people here in So. Calif. It’s nicely spiced, would make a great broth in which to cook rice or beans or use use as a soup base. But a half gallon? It’s thicker than aspic, but undoubtedly has standard rapid-growth chemical and perhaps anti-biotics. My first use: about a cup of gelatin into a crockpot containing pork, sausage, potatoes and onions. I hope it’ll be edible. Wadya think? P.S. I’m 77.

  82. nikki says

    I was interested in using the gelatin you recommend and read some of the bad reviews on Amazon and a lot of them said that this product was not organic and not grass-fed. Now I am not sure I want to try it. There was even one that said they had symptoms of eating gluten when ingesting it. Should this company really be trusted?

  83. Denise says

    Hi Nikki,
    I had many of the same concerns! I really wanted to be sure that this collagen was from pasture-raised, grass-fed and grass-finished beef because anything else would result in severe migraines for me. I had a definite problem with Great Lakes’ lack of transparency when it comes to the origin of their collagen. I decided not to use them and instead went with Vital Proteins.
    Let me just start by saying they are not paying me for this! Their website is very informative and the product is all grass-fed. I prefer to purchase directly from the company. Amazon charges $2 extra for this product. Vital Proteins also has a collagen you can mix in hot liquid – it’s call Collagen Peptides. I have been using the regular Collagen Protein (2 lb. canister for $42 + free shipping) and I couldn’t be happier. It’s unflavored so you can add it to virtually anything. I’ve been adding it to my morning coffee and my midday smoothies. I will not use Great Lakes unless they’re willing to put on their packaging and on their website how they feed their animals. I personally prefer Vital Proteins. Oh and they don’t have collagen from porcine or poultry I’m afraid. Only the beef kind. Hope this info is helpful. Good luck!

  84. Bettie says

    About to order some but can you consume gelatin without it gelling? I know there’s the non gelling type, but I’d rather not keep 2 cans if I can keep one. (Small apartment life :))

  85. Frances says

    Thank you for this fantastic post!! I am a new follower to your website and am very pleased with all the info you offer. :)
    I have a question regarding the gelatin. I ordered the Great Lakes brand and tried it in my tea, but absolutely can’t stand the taste. I travel a lot for work, so capsule form would be much more convenient (and would bypass the flavor).
    Are capsules as effective? Is there a brand you recommend?
    Thank you :)

  86. angela says

    Hi just been reading about gelatin and i would like to start taking it but would like to know if you think taking a capsule form would still be beneficial.

    Also i would like to try it in my shampoo as my hair need some sort of boost…do i add the gelatin powder dose to my whole bottle of shampoo or just what i put onto my hair


  87. jeanine says

    I can only find ordinary gelatine in the jello section of my grocerie store. It did not set with the juiced pineapple and orange juice and I can’t find beef gelatine- only agar powder on our south african organic health online shop. Any suggestions please?

  88. jeanine says

    Thanks for the reply… Another question:is ordinary gelatine bad for your health, and can I use agar powder to make real fruit juice jello? I will appreciate another reply!:-D

  89. griselda says

    hello katie hope you are doing good. i just wanted to ask, have you try {{Amino Collagen C with Hyaluronic Acid (60-Day Supply) – Fish Collagen Peptide Powder}}
    can you please let me know …

  90. Neta Green says

    I asked a health food store owner about taking capsule instead of powder gelatin.He told me it didn’t have the same benefits.What would you say to that? Thank You

  91. Kristin Simmons says

    A friend recommended for me to take gelatin while breastfeeding to help my fussy, gassy baby who tends to spit up a lot. Have you heard of any benefits for a breastfeed baby who’s momma takes gelatin and if so how much should I take???
    Thanks for your help!

    • says

      I haven’t tried it but I know a friend who tried it and it worked wonders for her. I think the theory is that it helps balance the amino acids in the body (and in the milk). I personally take a couple tablespoons a day.

  92. yvette says

    what about for those who are concerned with the very high l arginine from gelatin? id loooove to take but curious if anyone else suffers from cold sores due to high l arginine foods? what is recommended. i prefer to take gelatin and give to toddler rather than bone broth at this time.

  93. Kitty Antonik Wakfer says

    Hello Katie & thanks for your interesting post re. gelatin. I’ve been a bone gnawer, including cartilage, since childhood – my parents did the same. I’ve always enjoyed aspic foods too but agree that few people make use of these pleasures anymore.
    I came to your post via a websearch on gelatin adverse effects diarrhea. I and my husband have for many years taken a very large number of supplements that are both gelatin capsule and soft gelcaps, though most of the gelatin caps have been manufacturer-replaced with vegetable cellulose versions. (We also make use of a number of items we get as powders.) While Paul only relatively recently developed loose BMs, I’ve had the problem for a few years, increasing as the number of supplements were increased. I know its related to the supplements because when I stop for a couple days (we take only a very few when we are migrating between Arizona and Ontario) my stools thicken right up. About 6 weeks ago we took the big plunge – and lots of work – of removing 45 days worth of powders from all our supplements and have been taking them directly in small amount of tomato juice or tea along with the items we get as powders, depending on time of day. (This is done very precisely via calculations from exact spreadsheets I keep for both of use on all our supplements.) We also went through a ramping of the powders, starting at 1/8 goal final dosage; Paul progressed quickly to full dose, but I’m still only at 1/2 and 1/4 dose for the 4 different “powder mixes”. The ramping increase is being determined by the degree of stool thickness. I’m only at the “thick mush” stage at best and that fluctuates on what we eat. It’s a real challenge. :)

    The liquid gelcaps, of which there are many daily for each of us, we continued to take whole for a couple of weeks. While my stools thickened a bit from mostly water, Paul was ok. Evenso we decided to remove the liquid contents from the gel caps. I won’t both to describe the process except to say that it was messy and also surprised us at how much gelatin there was. (The oils separate from the gelatin enabling removal.) We’ve been taking the liquid contents of all those gel caps in a similar proportion as with the combined powders, only I’m still at 1/2 dose. Yes, it tastes pretty terrible but we take these “oils” and the meal “powders” in mostly tomato juice along with our very thick combo smoothie which is pretty good at getting rid of the taste. :) The non-meal powders are not all that terrible tasting in their liquidized form. Lastly, the very small capsules (#2,3 & 4 size) – about 6 to 10 depending on were not initially emptied for the 45 day powder mixes. We took them whole the first week or 2 but have been opening the #2s & 3s singly with each powder taking since then – getting full dose of these items, obviously.

    I’m now hopeful that because I’m able to titrate my supplements by ramping up the dosage (rather than simply taking or not taking a capsule) for the vast majority of them I will be able to get to the goal dosage without the watery diarrhea I was having before. (BTW I know my electrolytes were good all along and my general health is excellent.)

    So the point of my comment here is to ask publicly if anyone else who is taking very large amounts of encapsulated supplements has/is experienced/experiencing similar diarrhea as a result of the gelatin capsules or soft/hard liquid filled gelcaps. From the comments by a few individuals here who relate experiencing diarrhea from taking powdered gelatin I expect that there are others who have had my experience.

    Sorry to be so long, but I thought an explanation for my question would be necessary for understanding and maybe useful to anyone experiencing the same. Thanks again for your blog – I’ve bookmarked :)

  94. Alicia says

    I bought a 4 Lb. jar of NOW Gelatin for $35 on eBay, because I am a cake decorator and didn’t like spending $1.75 for a few packets, plus my local healthfood store reminded me how beneficial internal gelatin is. This all made me do a Google search and I found Katie’s Wellness Mama website – thank God!

    I’m not a night time tea drinking person, even if it is decaffeinated, but 1st thing in the morning I drink 12 oz. of alkaline ionized water, so putting the dry gelatin in the bottom of a dry glass, then pouring the water in while swirling the glass mixes it easily, without lumps. I drink it with a straw, which I also use to keep swirling to keep it from settling to the bottom. It is actually more palatable to drink & swirl before it completely dissolves.

    It is now 8 months later that I have been taking 1 Tbls. in 12 ounces of alkaline ionized water with 4 drops of Bernard Jensen’s Kelp Drops and you can see a STARK difference in my hair; it is now smooth with a gentle wave, whereas the hair below it is fried and kinky. My hair grew about an inch each month.

    Also, my joints feel better with less inflammation. I must have been low on thyroid hormones and the kelp made a huge difference. I thought I had Rheumatoid Arthritis, but it is just post menopausal hormone imbalance.

    Can’t thank you enough, Katie!

  95. Karissa says

    I have been searching online for negative effects of taking gelatin and haven’t found any. However, since starting it (I have been taking 3 of the Now brand capsules each night), I have felt horrible. I have gained 3 pounds despite not changing my diet. My head has been pounding with pressure. My fingers and eyes are puffy. I feel irritable and have no energy. This is the opposite of what everyone else seems to be experiencing! I am 29 and have had brain surgery to remove my hippocampus and amygdala 4 years ago due to a tumor. I am wondering if that could have something to do with it. I also have some kind of connective tissue/collagen disorder that my rheumatologist isn’t sure how to classify. My toes are an abnormal purplish color and they swell very easily. My right fingers swell up as well when I am either too hot or too cold (I had an ice water test and my rheumatologist said it doesn’t fit the criteria for raynaud’s syndrome) Since taking the gelatin, my fingers have swelled despite no temperature changes. I have read that this should be helping me with every issue that I have- energy, mood, weight. Does anyone have any idea why it is having the opposite effects?

    • Alicia says

      Not being a medical professional, just a regular user of 1 Tablespoon NOW Bulk gelatin, I would try dissolving the gelatin in 12 ounces pure water, stirring as you add the water constantly, as well as with a straw as you drink it, and drink first thing in the morning, like I do.

      Taking 3 capsules of a substance that is intended to absorb fluid by mixing before consumption could mess with ones digestive tract, rather than smooth it. I mean, if you plunk 3 capsules of gelatin in a glass of water and don’t stir it, just watch what it does for a half hour or more, then you might know how it behaves inside you.

      Bentonite clay is also supposed to be hydrated (or bloomed, activated) before consuming.

      The other health issues are beyond the scope of this thread, but searching the internet for answers as to whether gelatin consumption exacerbates your collagen issue is an obvious start. Where would we be without the internet when it comes to our own research, especially when we are worried and it’s after doctors’ or nutritionists’ normal work hours.

    • Cindy, RN says

      If you are sure the only thing new in your life is this gelatin, then I would stop it and see if the symptoms go away. Since you mentioned you had a collagen disorder that is, as yet, unclassified, then there’s a chance it is autoimmune. And if your body is attacking YOUR collagen, then taking in this new collagen would definitely be a problem as well.

  96. ali says

    What happens if you don’t disolve the gelatin in hot water and just take it in cold water? Is there anything else besides it being a bit unpalatable?

  97. Alyeska says

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    I read all this fantastic info about gelatin and how it benefits the digestive system (I have IBS) so I bought the Red Can and made your Healthy Jello recipe yesterday, It was so delicious I ate a big piece – and shortly after I had a lot of digestive upset (painful bloating and gas). I tried again this morning and the same thing happened. Does this mean I can’t tolerate gelatin?

  98. Stephanie says

    You mentioned gelatin can help increase nutrient absorption. Do you eat a small amount of gelatin with every meal then?

  99. Kristine says

    It looks like you have updated your gelatin articles and now use Vital Proteins brand instead of Great Lakes brand. I purchased Great Lakes gelatin based on your posts and just want to make sure there isn’t anything bad about the Great Lakes brand.

      • Denise says

        I’ve been using Vital Proteins from the very start and I’m extremely happy with them. I like that everything you need to know about them is on their website. And their product comes pretty quickly.

  100. Jaimey says

    I finally ordered the Great Lakes gelatin so I could try making some of your recipes. But now I see that the links are going to a different brand! I should’ve looked at your recipes again before ordering. Is there a reason you switched? I saw there was discussion that their product may not be grass-fed, is that the case?

  101. KyaBee says

    I recently purchased Great Lakes Gelatin (red can) to use as a sleeping aid and it’s proven very helpful! However, I have noticed that in the almost 2 weeks of taking it my skin has begun breaking out not just on my face but on my chest/back as well. Could this be a form of liver detox as I’ve read gelatin can do that? I am hoping to ride this out and see the skin benefits on the other side.

  102. Melissa says

    Has anyone else experienced total brain fog/dizzy when adding this to your diet? The fog passes then I feel fine. Thanks! I’m new to this site and I’m wondering if you have a list of what you take daily for us adults and what your children take.

  103. Fatima Pagtakhan says

    For adding to the shampoo, do I use the gelatin that dissolves in cold water or do I use the one that gels up? Thank you!

  104. Rachel says

    I need some advice. I have been taking gelatin regularly for 6 months. My husband now tells me that I frequently have bad breath and he thinks it is from the gelatin. I researched and found no link between the two. Has anyone else experienced any breath problems from taking gelatin? I am meticulous about my teeth. Water pick, etc. Thanks for any advice.

  105. Jaya says

    I haven’t read all the posts, but am fast on my way to becoming a jello queen. I serve it everyday to the 98 year old……and MYSELF to heal!!!

    QUESTION: How many days can I leave the Gello in the fridge without spoilage…..Since broth would spoil, wouldn’t Gello too?

  106. Kimberly says

    My question is for Katie or WellnessMama..
    I clicked every link for gelatin powder and it takes me to vital proteins website, where there is only 2 powders to choose from. A collagen peptide or a collagen protein. Which one are you referring to? And is collagen the same as gelatin powder? I’m sorry I have just recently began the switch to an all natural healthy lifestyle and I am desperately trying to put a list together of some must haves and this seems like one of them. Thank you sooo very much for all your help this website is truly AMAZING!!

  107. Sarah says

    If you make your own yogurt, have you ever added gelatin to make it a little thicker? How much did you use? Did it work well?

  108. Nicole says

    Hi! I am new to gelatin and would like to stick with the really simple ways to take in gelatin. I am calling on those of you and wellness mama who have more experience than I to give me some advice.

    So far I take it before bed. I mix it with a little water, let it solidify then drop it in my tea and stir. I have been sleeping better on nights that I take it. What are some other simple ways of getting more gelatin as a snack so that I feel fuller before dinner/lunch?

    Is it okay to heat or cook the gelatin?

  109. Joanna says

    Hi there, could you pls recommend a vegetarian or chicken alternative to beef gelatin? So, that I may be able to get the benefits of this powder too! Thanks for all the neat info!

  110. Shirley says

    A friend gave me a portion of her gelatin (Great Lakes) to try; joint pain, and splitting nails problems. One drink and I nearly vomited…the smell/taste of cow manure was overwhelming. Perhaps I should try a different brand?

  111. Karen says

    I just read this on wikipedia:

    When added to boiling water and cooled, unflavored gelatin can make a home-made hair styling gel that is cheaper than many commercial hair styling products, but by comparison has a shorter shelf life (about a week) when stored in this form (usually in a refrigerator).

    • Karen says

      Also read this on wikipedia:

      Gelatin is used by synchronized swimmers to hold their hair in place during their routines as it will not dissolve in the cold water of the pool. It is frequently referred to as “knoxing,” a reference to Knox brand gelatin

  112. Lauren says

    I’m confused on how to consume gelatin properly. Should I just mix a tablespoon a day in whatever liquid or food I prefer?

  113. Gail says

    I just turned 65 and am not overweight but the skin on my arms is getting loose. Do you think the skin tightening properties you have mentioned will be helpful to someone my age? I read this article earlier this week and am using powdered gelatin twice a day now. Thanks for your help.

  114. Amit chhabra says

    Please tell me …….how can I get gelatin and from where ……….
    Since i feel pain during run and exercises in joints ……….
    What’s the better way for use of gelatine in joint and bone problems ……..i m from India ……so tell me according that

  115. Kimberly says

    I am about to purchase gelatin powder for the first time as my husband has hip pain. First question, is Knox gelatin acceptable for getting the same results as the other gelatin’s mentioned? Second question, how much does he take a day? Third question, how due I make it?

    • Tracie says

      I’m not sure about Knox. I follow the directions on the Great Lake package. 1tbsp in to cold water to dilute then add hot water and I usually put a drop off lemon oil in it so it’s like a hot water with lemon. Easy!

  116. Melissa Daams says

    My nails have become very brittle since moving to the southwest. I remembered years ago that there was a woman my mom was friends with that took gelatin supplements daily and she had the most perfect nails, hair, skin for a woman her age (60’s) and she said her secret was gelatin.

    So nice to see some other ways to get it in the diet. I think i will start by just adding some to my daily smoothie

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