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Gelatin – yes, Gelatin – may Help you Become a Better Athlete

New research is suggesting that gelatin could boost athletic performance. So, what is this sugar-laced, dyed food packed with almost no vitamins good for? According to a report in The Globe and Mail, “ultrashort bouts of exercise” and daily consumption of gelatin may build stronger tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage.

Researchers came to this conclusion after conducting a study where subjects either consumed 15 grams of vitamin C-enriched gelatin or a placebo. Gelatin is basically a cooked form of collagen. Collagen is the primary protein in connective tissue, skin and bones; however collagen is an incomplete protein because it lacks the essential amino acid tryptophan.

One hour after consumption, the participants jumped rope for six minutes “to stimulate collagen synthesis.” According to the researchers, their findings suggest that adding collagen to an “intermittent exercise program improves collagen synthesis and could play a beneficial role in injury prevention and tissue repair.”

This science is still very new, so it’s unclear how effective this model truly is for strengthening tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage. That being said, if you’re willing to go the extra mile to be as healthy as possible, consuming gelatin after short periods of 10 exercise may be worth a try.

Bonus Tip

The study’s participants consumed 15 grams of gelatin, which is roughly eight cups worth of jiggly goop. Instead of doing that, the Globe and Mail article suggests mixing 1.5 tablespoons of pure gelatin with liquid. Then, add a packet of vitamin C powder and drink it. For an after workout drink with all 9 essential amino acids and BCAA try mixing gelatin with BiPro or check out our BiPro Protein Gelatin Recipe

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