February 4, 2014

Gelatin ~ A Superfood~ Help with Leaky Gut & ADHD

I’ve been doing a lot of research on gelatin and its health benefits. If you’ve read my older posts you know that I feel there is a connection between ADHD and Leaky Gut…I don’t think it is the cause but I do believe it contributes to ADHD symptoms. Gelatin is very healthful and healing to the gut (stomach) because it lines it.
(Here's the company website)
When we changed our diets, Jello was no longer allowed. It’s chalked full of food colors, sugar, and chemicals. So over the years we haven’t eaten much gelatin. Not any more!
I buy Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Joint Care (Unflavored) because it is made from grass fed beef and is kosher (grass fed is important because we don’t want to eat “meat” that has been eating the grains that we are trying to avoid. Also the gelatin you get in some stores you never know where it's from, pork, horse, beef or a combination so KNOW how your gelatin is made).  This stuff is amazing. I’ve been making jello salads, adding it to soup and as a thickner to gravies. We even made strawberry/ orange gummy bears!!!
So what is gelatin? Gelatin is flavorless and is derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen. It contains half of the 18 essential amino acids needed for survival. It has a ton of protein (6 grams per table spoon).  Gelatin can help heal food allergies and intolerances because it can heal the lining of your stomach and digestive tract.  Most food allergies are thought to come from a “leaky gut,” so if you heal the digestive tract toxins will no longer “leak” into your body (this is where I believe it helps with ADHD).
I found this quote on bone broth (gelatin is a major component of bone broth)
In later years, medical scientists have discovered that your health is in large part dependent on the health of your intestinal tract. Many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in an unbalanced mix of microorganisms in your digestive system, courtesy of an inappropriate and unbalanced diet that is too high in sugars and too low in healthful fats and beneficial bacteria.
Bone broth is excellent for “healing and sealing” your gut, to use Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride term. Dr. Campbell’s GAPS Nutritional Protocol, described in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), centers around the concept of “healing and sealing” your gut through your diet.
Broth or “stock” plays an important role as it’s easily digestible, helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients. Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities can then allow for the development of virtually any degenerative disease...


  1. Would you share any recipes you used with this gelatin? Or how much per day you gave him?

  2. I would also love some recipes with the gelatin. I recently discovered grass fed gelatin, but am not sure what else to do with it. The only thing i have made with it thus far are marshmallows - made with honey.