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    Default Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    I've heard mixed reviews about taking gelatin for your hair, some great and some not so. I'm talking about plain old knox gelatin dissolved in some water to drink down, though I don't see how the flavored kind would be any different if you'd prefer to try that. I just want to avoid extra sugar and calories by doing this. Has anyone tried this or been doing it and seeing good results? My skin is always dry and my nails tend to peel easily from thyroid problems so if swigging down a bit of icky tasting unflavored gelatin will help I'm willing to try it. I haven't seen gelatin or collagen capsules the last time I was at a vitamin store but I'm also going to look for those.
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    I've heard this, but I've also heard it's a relatively low-quality protein that's lacking some of the amino acids you need for overall health, so you wouldn't want to rely on it as your sole protein source. (Haven't read anything scientific on it, so what I'm saying is really just me speculating.)

    Ultimately, it's a protein supplement. I'd be more inclined to do something like whey protein powder, myself.
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    Nutritionists, dieticians, etc. are pretty unanimous that the answer is "no". If you google something like "does gelatin help nails" you will get tons of information about it.

    Back in the 60's and 70's Knox gelatin advertised that you should take it for strong nails. I remember that there were studies done and none could prove that it helps so Knox stopped.

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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    It is an animal bye product - just an over processed animal protein. You may as well just eat meat as it is more "complete".
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    According to the Weston Price foundation, gelatin is great for health, but they tend not to promote "pure gelatin", rather making bone broths and stuff which actually extracts the gelatin naturally.

    I don't actually do it myself, cause I'm vegetarian . But if I wasn't, I probably would try this!!

    Here is an article: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-fea...h-is-beautiful and it actually discusses Knox gelatin and other gelatin supplements.
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    I dont know ive heard of it but never tried but lentils definitely do! Ive been trying moong dhal for the last few weeks and my nails have just grown rapidly...hoping it does the same to my hair!
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    your nails and hair aren't made of gelatin, they are made of keratin.

    when you eat proteins such as gelatin, beef, or lentils, they are broken up in your stomach into individual amino acids (this is why your stomach is acid inside - to break up proteins). all proteins in all life forms are made of 21 different types of amino acids, the building blocks of our bodies. once broken up, the individual amino acids are absorbed into your body, eventually make it to your fingertips, then the cells in your finger tips put the pieces back together into a keratin protein.

    you can get the amino acids you need from beef or lentils. just eat a healthy, balanced diet. there should be no need for gelatin supplements as long as you eat normally. the american institute for cancer research suggests, for protein, eating more legumes and less red meat to reduce cancer risk and heart disease risk.

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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    "Take" gelatin? Why not just enjoy some jello...? But yeah, I've heard about it being good for your joints, but hair and nails? Doesn't make much sense as far as I know.

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    Well, according to my mom taking the boxed gelatin (Knox), doesn't do anything.... But making a stock from a chicken or turkey carcass and then drinking that does..... From her own personal experience of course, her and her 6 sisters liked to experiment a lot
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    Default Re: Gelatin taken internally- good for hair/skin/nails?

    I heard something about it, a few of my friends ate tons of jelly some time ago. But it didn't worked.

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