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What is it?

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.

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:

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • 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.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of gelatin for these uses.

How does it work?

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.

Are there safety concerns?

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.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of gelatin in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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?

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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  3. Morganti, P and Fanrizi, G. Effects of gelatin-glycine on oxidative stress. Cosmetics and Toiletries (USA) 2000;115:47-56.
  4. Unknown author. Clinical trial finds Knox NutraJoint has benefits in mild osteoarthritis. 10-1-2000.

Milk Thistle Extract Stops Lung Cancer In Laboratory Mice, New Study Shows

Tissue with wound-like conditions allows tumors to grow and spread. In mouse lung cancer cells, treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, removed the molecular billboards that signal these wound-like
conditions and so stopped the spread of these lung cancers, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis.


Though the natural extract has been used for more than 2,000 years,
mostly to treat disorders of the liver and gallbladder, this is one of the first carefully controlled and reported studies to find benefit.


Milk thistle plant - flower

How it works…


Basically, in a cell there can be a chain of signals, one leading to the next, to the next, and eventually to an end product. And so if you would like to eliminate an end product, you may look to break a link in the signaling
chain that leads to it. The end products COX2 and iNOS are enzymes involved with the inflammatory response to perceived wounds — both can aid tumor growth. Far upstream in the signaling chain that leads to these
unwanted enzymes are STAT1 and STAT3.

These transcription factors allow the blueprint of DNA to bind with

proteins that continue the signal cascade, eventually leading to the production of harmful COX2 and iNOS.


Stop STAT1 and STAT3 and you break the chain that leads to COX2 and iNOS — and the growth of lung tumors along with them.


“This relatively nontoxic substance, a derivative of milk thistle silibinin was able to inhibit the upstream signals that lead to the expression of COX2 and iNOS,” say research scientists from the University of Colorado – Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the laboratory of University of Colorado Cancer Center.


In addition, the researchers compared the effects of silibinin to drugs currently in clinical trials for lung cancer. Would drugs that target other signaling pathways, other linked chains, similarly cut into the production
of COX2 and iNOS?


It turned out that inhibiting the chains of JAK1/2 and MEK in combination and also inhibiting the signaling pathways of EGFR and NF-kB in combination blocked the ability of STAT1 and STAT3 to trap the energy
they needed to eventually signal COX2 and iNOS production.


Compared to these multi-million dollar drugs, naturally-occurring silibinin blocked not only the expression of COX2 and iNOS, but also the migration of existing lung cancer cells.


“What we showed is that STAT1 and STAT3 may be promising therapeutic targets in the treatment of lung cancer, no matter how you target them,” the researchers reported. “And also that naturally-derived products like silibinin may be as effective as today’s best treatments.”
This work was supported by NCI RO1 grant CA113876.


Story Source: University of Colorado Denver.


Journal Reference:  Silibinin modulates TNF-α and IFN-γ mediated signaling to regulate COX2 and iNOS expression in tumorigenic
mouse lung epithelial LM2 cells. Molecular Carcinogenesis, 2011;


University of Colorado Denver (2011, November 15). Milk thistle extract stops lung cancer in laboratory mice, study shows.


This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.


Animal and Synthetic or Herbal Hormone Production – -Which do you want?

Our goal is to get the body to make new tissue. The new tissue or cells would be the hormones that your body’s glands, the (endocrine system) produce to help the body function.

Hormones are defined by all medical dictionaries as substances which are produced in glands. We are going to talk about the female hormone
called estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone produced primarily in the female reproductive system. It has been found that the female hormone
production can be in balance even when the female body has had a hysterectomy.
This includes the ovaries, the tubes and uterus.

Science does not know where the estrogen production comes from,
but there is strong evidence to show that the rest of the endocrine system can
and does produce estrogen in the female body. Estrogen production is best in
those ladies that are whole and has not had the surgery.

Let’s look at the female hormone problem. The problem will be solved by either the scientific way or with natural common sense. The doctors of course, when there is a female problem would rather do surgery on the part of your body that do not work properly. And this doesn’t help because now you have to take synthetic hormones.

There are many chemical synthetics in the drug scene today. Many
natural doctors want to give you natural hormones which come from animals which are called protomorphogens. This means that the ovaries or other parts of the animals are ground up and animal estrogen is extracted from a horse, pig or a cow. We believe this to be a synthetic to the human body. This brings me to this question; Do I want the male hormone from a bull or horse?

It seems logical then that we would want our own hormones. The surgery, chemical synthetics, hormone substitutes from animals are not a valid long range solution to hormone imbalance and create a dependence on drugs.

The natural choice is to go back to food, exercise and healthy thinking. The human body was created to produce estrogen or testosterone if it gets the right food. If the body is only fed sugar coated cereals over a long period of time, how many hormones will it produce, not very many at all. The hormone production is decreased. If we used foods or herbs that have some history behind it to give the body a chance to produce its’ own hormones, this would be the natural choice.

For the female body, foods like red raspberry leaves, damiana,
oriental plants called ho shou wu, and dong quai, supply to the female body
those foods, those energies, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that the female
human body needs to produce its’ own estrogen.

Immune Function

Your body’s immune system is an intricate network of cells, structures and processes that protect your body from disease and illness. When it comes to supporting immune function, single nutrients such as vitamin C may not be enough. Read on to find out more.

The complex immune system is responsible for the biodefenses of the body. Cells of the immune system play a direct role in immunity, especially through the production of antibodies and chemical messengers, substances that contribute to the complex cascade of immune events.


These events involve intelligent communications within the immune system and
throughout all tissues of the body. Various types of white cells circulate in
the blood or are found together in lymphatic tissues. Lymph nodes, bone marrow,
the spleen and the thymus gland contain clumps of special white blood cells
that are pivotal structures of the immune system.


A complex series of chemical messengers is shared among cells in the immune system. Antibody production by specific types of white cells aids in clearing the
tissue fluids of harmful intruders, e.g., antigens or microorganisms (viruses,
bacteria and yeasts). The biodefenses within the immune system are not simple in their structure or function.
Elaborate mechanisms of defense are present at entry sites into the body,
including the nasal passages, throat and entire gastrointestinal tract.

Understanding the complexity of the body structure and functions involved in immunity is a difficult task for even the most knowledgeable health care professional. This complexity makes it highly unlikely that any single drug, nutrient or botanical by itself will have an efficient overall effect on balancing or
promoting immune function. This means that immune function may be best
supported by a healthy lifestyle and the synergistic actions of combined substances (nutrients, herbs and botanicals) that support multiple components of immune function.


Alterations in the balance of immune function are responsible for the cause or progression of many common diseases and ailments. People talk about boosting immune function, but most often they really mean balancing or modulating immune function. Independent laboratory studies show that complex combinations of herbs, botanicals and nutrients may help to accomplish this (

The additive benefits and versatile nature of many different natural agents in a dietary supplement may work together to help support many different aspects of immune function (Table 1).

Andrographis paniculata

Acanthopanax senticosus

Green tea


Grape seed extract


Vitamin C


Oregon grape

Shiitake mushroom

Echinacea purpurea


Golden thread

Aloe Vera



Korean ginseng

Coriolus versicolor

Active Hexose Correlate Compound

Beta glucan

Table 1: Nutrients, herbs and botanicals with scientific evidence of nutritional benefits for immune function.

Any natural agent that exerts an antioxidant function can be potentially valuable in promoting healthy immune function. This is because oxidative stress or free radical damage to components of the immune system is a common reason for impaired immunity. In particular, the following antioxidants are of value for immune support: Vitamin C, zinc, green tea, turmeric, grape seed extract and
antioxidants found in a variety of herbs and botanicals (Table 1). Botanical
agents with specific immune-enhancing properties include several species of mushrooms, plant sources of beta glucan, Echinacea and the potent and versatile herb Andrographis paniculata (AP).

Nutritional support for immune function must be multifaceted.  Formulations of dietary supplements that contain several different natural ingredients may be an optimal way to provide nutritional support for immune function, but much further research is required on the subject.



Stephen Holt, M.D.



The properties of herbs and the juices of fruits and vegetables have been recognized and appreciated from the beginning of time. Only since Theophratus Von Hohemheim started using chemicals during the 16th century have people been looking for and depending on medicines artificially prepared from chemicals. People have been mislead by false advertising of the true healing properties of herbs. It seems as though false science has succeeded.

Chemical poisons are now very convenient to obtain and are quick-acting. People have been deceived for a time, but are now seeing the effects of drugs and their
after effects, and want to try something different, herbs.

Herbal healing was the first system of healing that the world knew. My grandparents used herbs to detox us, and heal cuts, colds and anything else that bothered us. We did not have a doctor to go to because we couldn’t afford it, so they had to rely on herbs. And to my knowledge the herbs worked. We drink herbal teas, took cod liver oil before winter and summer season to help build up our immune system and to help get us clean on the inside. As a child taking herbs
I don’t remember getting sick.

Today now that I am grown I use herbs for my family. So why use herbs? They are Nature’s remedies and have been placed here by our all wise Creator. There is an herb for every disease that the human body may have. The use of herbs is the oldest medical science. Herbs are mention in the bible from the beginning of creation and many books have been written about herbs.

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