Can Gelatin Improve Your Sleep?
A good night’s sleep is difficult to come by in this day and age; however, the importance of good sleep is huge. By getting a good night’s sleep you ensure that you will feel better, look better, and be more focused throughout the day. Recent studies have shown that ingesting gelatin may have small but beneficial effects on your sleep.
We, as human beings, need sleep in order to let the body rest and recover itself from a long day. It is at this time that the muscle tissue begins to rebuild and restore itself. The human growth hormone also get’s released at this time and that is what helps with the rebuilding process in adults and the growth process in children. In addition, it is during sleep that the brain sorts and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems. If you choose to skip a night of sleep you will experience problems with thinking and doing any sort of simple tasks.
The most common type of gelatin, as found in Jell-O, is made from the bones and cartilage of pigs. What happens is that the parts are crushed and the fat is removed, after it is soaked in hydrochloric acid and in sodium hydroxide. After that, the water is taken out and the powder is given an artificial flavouring. After the flavouring the gelatin is rehydrated in order to be ready for use.
Sleep and Gelatin
A study done in 1998 by the University of Southern California used gelatin as part of a low – tryptophan diet. The study didn’t show that the gelatin in itself had any large effect on sleeping patterns; however, upon further research, gelatin seems to act as a placebo effect. What that means is that it supplies glycine (gelatin) against a balanced background of amino acids which creates a great anti-stress environment. The glycine acts as an “inhibitory” neurotransmitter which promotes natural sleep.
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