How does Gelatin work?

Gelatin contains collagen, a normal component of cartilage and bone, so some people think it might help for arthritis and other joint conditions.

Are there safety concerns?

Gelatin appears to be safe for most people. 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 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease). Although this risk seems to be low, many experts advise against using animal-derived supplements like gelatin.

Do not take gelatin in amounts higher than those typically found in foods if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Gelatin.

The appropriate dose of gelatin depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for gelatin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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