Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses

When I get asked a question I do some research to be sure that what I am going to say is as close to the truth is possible. Well I got asked this question : Is gelatin really good for my nails? You read all over about it being the best way to strengthen your nails is to drink unflavored gelatin. Did you know that it was probably just a great ad copy idea for a product, as a way to it into the hands of the housewife as far back as the late 50′s? I love old ads, they are so much fun to read!

Well did you know when the first ads came out about using Knox brand gelatin? I don’t know about before 1956. I only have a few really old magazines with the oldest one dated back to 1956. Looky what I found in it:

everyday woman 1956 Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses  

Knox brand Ad for their unflavored gelatin as a nail aid

This is a ad from Everyday Woman year 1956 March.

You would be surprised what they worried about those years.. icon razz Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses   You had to drink unflavored gelatin for 3 months to get your nails better. Well like duh! icon smile Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses    

I even found a page of the history of Knox Unflavored gelatin in fact:
http://www.knoxgelatine.com/history.htm
This is something I found on the page about the nail product.
A quote from that page:

When James Knox died in 1958, his son became president of the company. Carrying on the family tradition, John Knox provided consumers with recipes and information that focused on diet and nail care. The Knox® Eat and Reduce Plan and Knox® Drink for Nails proved to be popular with the growing number of health conscious consumer.

Cool huh? Well how about a different ad for the same product?
family circle 1960 knox ad Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses  

Family Circle magazine 1960

What I love about these old ads is, one little comment icon smile Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses    
Your doctor will tell you. PHYSICIANS: Reprints of all published medical studies on request..

So they did studies for it.

Do you know what gelatin is made from? Basically its a product made from pure protein derived from animal collagen. However its not been proved beyond that it really works and its not other parts of your diet that is helping as well. What makes me wonder what the 7 out of 10 women where eating along with taking unflavored gelatin as part of their diet. icon biggrin Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses  
Why not one more old ad?
mc calls knox ad 1961 march 1 Is Gelatin Really Good For My Nails? | The History Behind Knox Gelatin Uses  

McCalls 1961 Magazine March

What is really interesting is all this has lead to a product now being offered by Knox brand called Nutramix for Strong Nails..

I really wonder about it because of everything I read about unflavored gelatin..

Each ad is a photo of the real ad from these magazines that I happen to own:

  • McCall’s copyright 1961 March page 188
  • Everyday Woman copyright 1956 March Page 70
  • Family Circle copyright 1960 Page 72

But in the end does it really work?
If you are not getting enough protein in your diet then it just might help. Your hair and your nails are made from the same thing. But as far back as the late 50′s Knox brand used this idea as a way to sell their product to housewives worried about their nails as a proved nail care product.
My thoughts? Its just really great ad copy that became a believe able myth after all these years. Does it really really work? Who knows right? But like all myths if enough people try it and it does work, it over-shadows all those who it didn’t work for. That’s all..

Your thoughts?? Have you tried unflavored gelatin to save your nails? Did it work or not work?

Comments

  1. About 12 years ago (before having children) I indeed used KNOX Gelatin for about 1 full year drinking it in liquid once a day about 8 oz. and my finger nails did grow long strong WHITE and beautiful. I only coated them with clear nail polish for protection, kept them manicured and was very happy. Oh,yes, it did take 3 months to see the start of nail growth.

  2. Oscars 2012 date :

    I’m using it for about 2 months now and I’m very happy with it. Thank you for your post.

  3. Formal hairstyles 2012 :

    Interesting. And natural. I couldn’t believe that it’s real :) Today in this world when everithing is artificial and fake… Could I believe thaht? I must try and then will see.

  4. My daughter had peeling nails and nothing helped them, very sad and they split, peeled and broke they looked horrible. It was recommended by my doctor she eat fruit gummies, marshmallows and jello and oh did they grow beautiful after even one month there and an incredible difference.

  5. INTERESTING FINDINGS…..
    SPEAKING AS A KID FROM THE 50′S.
    MY MOM DRANK KNOX GELATIN IN ORANGE JUICE ALMOST EVERYDAY IN THE 60′S, I REMEMBER THINKING AT THE TIME EUUUUUUUU
    BUT, HER NAILS WERE LONG AND HARD AS ROCKS…
    ALSO SHE WAS ALWAYS DRINKING TAB SODA AND DIETING… SO I DON’T KNOW IF SHE WAS DRINKING THE GELATIN FOR THE DIET. I JUST REMEMBER HER TELLING ME IT WAS FOR HER NAILS…
    AND YOU KNOW WHAT. I’M GOING TO TRY IT TOO…

  6. I spend a lot of time working on the computer and cleaning at home. My nails were pretty bad so I started drinking Knox about 2 yrs ago and my nails grow strong and white. It works for me and I love it.

  7. I’ve had splitting, peeling and super thin nails for a couple of years. Docs don’t care … I keep asking all kinds of docs and none of them had a clue. Fingernails are supposed to be an indicator of your health!!!!! None seemed concerned that I had experienced such a significant change in my nails. :( I’ve been using Knox for Nails for about 4 months and my nails are strong and growing!! Knox for nails works!!! Love it! I will never stop using it!

  8. My mother drank Knox gelatin religiously in the 70s and always had long, beautiful nails.

    Funny, I saw this post because I Googled Knox Gelatin as I now need help for my own nails! Mom is not around to ask unfortunately, but I am going to try it!

    Thanks for the post.

  9. My nails always grew soft and split etc however recently I noticed they had started to grow in beautifully, all even, long and really strong, nothing like how they normally are. I was showing my Mam(uk lass here) and she said its all the jelly babies you’re eating (I just recently developed mega cravings for Haribo jelly babies, the white ones….hellyeah pineapple, mmmmm!)
    So it leads me to think there is an element of truth to it. I had never heard this before, and this is the only change i have made to my diet and am not one to nomally care for my nails as they were always rubbish so saw little point. Try it. Its not going to hurt you and its yummy! Good luck