Gelatin

18/Description

About

Gelatin is a protein made from animal products.

Gelatin is used for weight loss and for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Some people also use it for strengthening bones, joints, and fingernails. Gelatin is also used for improving hair quality and to shorten recovery after exercise and sports-related injury.

In manufacturing, gelatin is used for preparation of foods, cosmetics, and medicines.

Gelatin can also be a type of additive that can be added to supplements in the manufacturing process.

How it works

Gelatin contains collagen, which is one of the materials that make up cartilage and bone. This is why some people think gelatin might help for arthritis and other joint conditions.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
A kind of arthritis called osteoarthritis

There is some clinical evidence that gelatin might relieve pain and improve joint function in patients with osteoarthritis.

Brittle bones (osteoporosis)
Strengthening bones and joints
Strengthening fingernails
Improving hair quality
Weight loss
Shortening recovery after exercise and sports-related injury
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Gelatin is LIKELY SAFE for most people in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE in the larger amounts used as medicine. There's some evidence that gelatin in doses up to 10 grams daily can be safely used for up to 6 months.Gelatin can cause an unpleasant taste, sensation of heaviness in the stomach, bloating, heartburn, and belching. Gelatin can cause allergic reactions in some people.There is some concern about the safety of gelatin because it comes from animal sources. Some people are worried that unsafe manufacturing practices might lead to contamination of gelatin products with diseased animal tissues including those that might transmit mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). Although this risk seems to be low, many experts advise against using animal-derived supplements like gelatin.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of gelatin in medicinal amounts duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Gelatin.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.