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I have various health problems (CFS and post-chemo/radiation fatigue, hypothyroidism, stress intolerance, all of which some article or other on the internet seems to suggest might be helped by gelatin) and have come to feel a strong craving for gelatin (feeling very restored with marshmallows or bone soup), but I would prefer a vegetarian equivalent.
Note that I am not looking for something necessarily with the consistency of gelatin, just its nutritional properties (benefiting the joints or otherwise).
If you need an alternate source of gelatin, arginine may help you. It's found in many fats of animals and plants as well. It's a very prominent amino acid that can replace a meat eaters diet if needed. Although there is no medical backing that it can help what you have, it is commonly taken by people that have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chemo Therapy. Many people say it helps them. It's not something that could hurt you. If you have liver issues or cardiovascular problems though, be careful as this may speed up any illnesses you have already. There are many compounds in gelatin, but this is actually supported by the CFS community. It's the most prominent amino acid within gelatin.
I'll post a link, and you'll have to read through the whole thing, but if you google Arginine and CFS, you'll find that many people say it helps them.
We haven't done any in depth studies on what causes CFS, it's a very sketchy area of the medical community; This is just something that seems to work.
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