What is it?
Gelatin is used for aging skin, osteoarthritis, weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis), brittle nails, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, gelatin is used for preparation of foods, cosmetics, and medicines.
How effective is it?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for GELATIN are as follows:
Possibly ineffective for...
- Diarrhea. Early research shows that taking gelatin tannate for up to 5 days does not decrease how long diarrhea lasts or how often diarrhea occurs in infants and young children.
Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for...
- A blood disorder that reduces levels of protein in the blood called hemoglobin (beta-thalassemia). Early research in pregnant women with a mild form of this blood disorder shows that taking gelatin made from donkey hide improves hemoglobin levels.
- Aging skin.
- Brittle nails.
- Joint pain.
- Low levels of red blood cells in people with a long-term illness (anemia of chronic disease).
- Muscle damage caused by exercise.
- Muscle soreness caused by exercise.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis).
- Wrinkled skin.
- Other conditions.
How does it work?
Are there safety concerns?
Gelatin can cause an unpleasant taste, feelings of heaviness in the stomach, bloating, heartburn, and belching. Gelatin can also cause allergic reactions. In some people, allergic reactions have been severe enough to damage the heart and cause death.
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.
Special precautions & warnings:Pregnancy: A specific type of gelatin that is made from donkey hide is POSSIBLY SAFE in the larger amounts used as medicine. Not enough is known about the safety of other kinds of gelatin when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of gelatin when used in medicinal amounts during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Gelatin is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as medicine for a short amount of time in infants and young children. Taking 250 mg of gelatin tannate four times per day for up to 5 days seems to be safe in children under 15 kg or 3 years of age. Taking 500 mg of gelatin tannate four times per day for up to 5 days seems to be safe in children over 15 kg or 3 years of age.
Are there interactions with medications?
- It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.
Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?
- There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
Are there interactions with foods?
- There are no known interactions with foods.
What dose is used?
To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.
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