Why gummies, you might think…Well, I’m glad you asked.
Gummies are an easy, fun, and delicious way to incorporate more glycine-rich gelatin into one’s diet, and most people could use more glycine.
Glycine is an amino acid that can mostly be found in collagen powder, bovine gelatin, bone broth, and in the connective tissue and fat of ruminants. Cuts like chuck roast or beef shanks, for example, are rich in glycine. In our modern diets, because most of us eat a majority of our beef in the form of lean steaks or even lean ground beef, glycine is not nearly as prevalent. This results in the delicate balance between the two amino acids glycine and methionine to be off. We eat far too much muscle meat in comparison to collagen-rich foods, and an excess of methionine can cause a variety of problems.
Glycine serves many roles in the body, including the formation of both collagen and glutathione, as well as serving as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It also helps stabilize our blood sugar, keeps our hair and skin looking youthful, and promotes healthy sleep. The reason it is so important to balance these amino acids is that consuming too much methionine can deplete our glycine levels.
“Some in the health space have stated that high methionine diets may shorten our lifespan, referring to trials done in rats in the 1990s. what they neglect to mention is that in subsequent studies, when rats were fed diets with similar amounts of methionine along with a balanced amount of glycine, all of the negative effects of the high-methionine diet vanished. It wasn’t that a high-methionine diet was harmful, but rather that this type of diet created an insufficiency in glycine, which led to negative health effects.” -Dr.Paul Saladino
“Too much emphasis on muscle meat, including fish filets, chicken breasts or legs, and the usual steaks and chops, can be anti-thyroid by providing too much tryptophan. That can be offset by using gelatine liberally, because gelatine contains no tryptophan.” -Dr.Ray Peat
“When only the muscle meats are eaten, the amino acid balance entering our blood stream is the same as that produced by extreme stress, when cortisol excess causes our muscles to be broken down to provide energy and material for repair. The formation of serotonin is increased by the excess tryptophan in muscle, and serotonin stimulates the formation of more cortisol, while the tryptophan itself, along with the excess muscle-derived cysteine, suppresses the thyroid function.” -Dr.Ray Peat
Obviously, whole foods like bone broth, and fatty cuts of meat are the best source of glycine, but these gummies can nonetheless be a fun addition to ones’ diet. By simply consuming gelatin in this form on a daily basis, one can help restore this amino acid balance, and alleviate symptoms of illness.
These can be made using different fruits or fruit juices, but I love cherries and had them on hand. I think I will try mango next, or maybe blueberries…
Here’s how you make these:
-1 cup of frozen cherries (or fruit of your choice)
-3/4 cup of lemon juice (you could also use water or oj)
-3 tbsp of either local raw honey or organic maple syrup
-1/4 cup of grass-fed gelatine powder
-Place frozen cherries and juice in blender and process on high speed until smooth
-Pour into a saucepan
-Add the sweetener and gelatine powder and mix together with a whisk. The mixture will be thick and chunky at first, be patient. Turn the heat on low and continue whisking for about 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes thinner and the chunks are gone.
-Take off the heat and pour into either individual silicone molds or one larger mold. Place in the fridge for at least one hour to allow to set.
-If you used a larger mold, remove and cut into small squares, if not, simply remove from individual molds and enjoy!