History of Gelatin
The earliest commercial production of gelatin appears to have been in Holland around 1685. Followed shortly thereafter in England about 1700. The first commercial production of gelatin in the USA was in Massachusetts in 1808. Gelatin is an important material finding application in the food, pharmaceutical and photographic industries. Gelatin has been around for centuries. Gelatin was first used in Egyptian times. Traces of gelatin were found in a pharaoh’s grave in the form of glue. The word “gelatin” comes originally from the Latin word “gelatus” and means “jellied, or frozen.” History’s first references to gelatin was in 1682, however it wasn’t until the 1900’s that gelatin became a household name. Gelatin is used in many different industries. In the health industry we use it for:
- Strengthening hair, skin and nails
- Skin elasticity
- Connective tissue production
- Bone and joint health
- Promotion and stimulation of cell growth in joint cartilage
- Restoring mobility of the joints by decreasing inflammation which can reduce pain (like the pain experienced from arthritis).