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.
- Supports skin, hair and nail growth
- Good for joints and can help joint recovery
- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having six babies in nine years…)
- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive tract
- Rumored to help improve cellulite
- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)
- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.
Gelatin supplements can cause side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
Some people have allergic reactions to gelatin.
If you take any medicines regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using gelatin supplements.
In general, you should tell your doctor about any supplements you’re taking, even if they’re natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications.
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Source: WebMD, “Gelatin”, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/