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:
This is a ad from Everyday Woman year 1956 March.
You would be surprised what they worried about those years.. You had to drink unflavored gelatin for 3 months to get your nails better. Well like duh!
I even found a page of the history of Knox Unflavored gelatin in fact:
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.
Family Circle magazine 1960
What I love about these old ads is, one little comment
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.
Why not one more old ad?
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?