Side Effects of Knox gelatine

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Side Effects of Knox gelatine
Gelatine helps flowers grow. (LiliGraphie/iStock/Getty Images)

Knox gelatine is a powder that can be mixed with water or other liquids to created a jelly or gelatinous dessert, side dish, and other foods. It is odourless and flavourless and has no sugar added. Gelatine is most often extracted from collagen from animal bones and tissues and refined into a powder form. While the most popular use of this flavourless powder is to make food, there are a number of Knox gelatine side effects and benefits that have nothing to do with food at all. These range from the most commonly known side effect -- helping arthritis patients -- to helping plants grow.

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Joint health

Knox gelatine contains amino acids that bodies need to create collagen. Collagen is essential for joint health and some studies have concluded that gelatine can help with joint pain, arthritis, or keeping the joints of athletes healthy. Knox markets gelatine for this purpose under the name of NutraJoint, which contains other nutrients for joint health along with gelatine.

Nail and hair health

There are those who believe one of the Knox gelatine benefits include better nail and hair health, but there are no studies that support this. Knox gelatine does contain amino acids used in hair and nail growth, but most people's bodies make enough of these nutrients without supplements.

Plant health

Some of the most successful Knox gelatine side effects are quite positive, but don't affect humans. These include using gelatine to grow big, healthy plants. Plain Knox gelatin contains nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient for plants, and this finding is backed up by a two-year-long study at the University of Houston. Gelatine is especially good for fertilising indoor plants as it is clean and nontoxic. To use as a fertiliser, add a packet of gelatin to 59 ml (1/4 cup) of cold water in a pitcher. Dissolve the gelatine in the water and then fill the entire pitcher slowly with water. Use this to water your plants once a month.

Skin Health

Knox gelatin can be mixed with a variety of other natural substances found in the home, usually in the kitchen, to benefit skin. Mix 1/2 teaspoon each of corn meal and gelatine and use on a dampened face for an all natural exfoliate. Or try 59 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice with 100 g (1/2 cup) gelatin as a face mask (avoid the eyes). Due to the natural collagen in Knox gelatine, Knox claims it is good for skin treatments. There are no studies to support this fact solidly, but gelatine also has nothing in it to damage skin or the body.

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