Animal Products in Pharmaceuticals and Derived Ingredients in Medicine & Supplements.

20+ ingredients used in pharmaceuticals and supplements. Learn about the various animal ingredients in medicine, cosmetics, and supplements. Commonly used are Hyaluronic Acid (Extracted from rooster comb), Lipase (Stomachs, tongue glands of calves and lambs) and Collagen (bovine, equine, porcine tendonds and ligaments)


Description: A coagulant and food thickener derived from animal bones, skin and other parts containing collagen

Source: source

Use: Gelatin is used to thicken and solidify a wide range of foods, including gummy bears, fruit-flavored jello, and marshmallows


Description: Is a chemical compound. Allantoin is a major metabolic intermediate in most organisms including animals, plants and bacteria.

Source: It is produced from uric acid, which itself is a degradation product of nucleic acids. Is present in the urine of most mammals

Use: It is frequently present in toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene products, in shampoos, lipsticks, anti-acne products, sun care products, and clarifying lotions, various cosmetic lotions and creams, and other cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.

Alternative: Is present in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant

Bee Pollen

Description: Bee pollen is a ball or pellet of field-gathered flower pollen packed by honeybees and used as the primary food source for the hive.

Source: source

Use: health supplement, as food

Lanolin (Wool yolk)

Description: A product of the oil glands of sheep

Source: Sheep wool (See fur)

Use: Lanolin's role in nature is to protect wool and skin from climate and the environment. By humans is used as skin smoothing. It is frequently used in protective baby skin treatment and for sore nipples from breastfeeding. Lip balm, moustache wax, lubricant

Alternative: Plant and vegetable oils


Description: Is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix. Connective tissues and it is the most abundant protein in mammals

Source: Tendonds or ligaments from bovine, equine, porcine, or even human sources.

Use: Widely used in cosmetic surgery, as a healing aid for burn patients for reconstruction of bone and a wide variety of dental, orthopedic, and surgical purposes

Alternative: Soy protein, almond oil, amla oil (see alternatives to Keratin), etc.


Description: An amino acid that can come from animals.

Source: Chicken, Cheese, Duck, Eggs, Pork, Turkey, etc.

Use: Used in hair-care products and creams, in some bakery products, and in wound-healing formulations.

Alternative: Legumes, Sunflower Seeds, Brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, bell peppers, broccoli, buckwheat and quinoa

Hyaluronic Acid

Description: Is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues.

Source: Extracted from the rooster comb, umbilical cords and the fluids around the joints.

Use: Used in cosmetics and some medical applications. For hydration and control inflammation

Alternative: Synthetic hyaluronic acid, plant oils.

Fish oil

Description: Oil

Source: Derived from the tissues of fish species with oil in soft tissues and in the coelomic cavity around the gut

Use: Dietary supplements,


Description: Lipases perform essential roles in digestion, transport and processing of dietary lipids (e.g. triglycerides, fats, oils)

Source: In most, if not all, living organisms. Enzyme from the stomachs, tongue glands of calves, and lambs

Use: Used in digestive aids as it helps the body break down fats.

Alternative: Vegetable enzymes, can be from plants, fungus or yeast.


Description: Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained.

Source: It is a byproduct of the manufacture of cheese or casein

Use: Whey is used to produce whey cheeses such as ricotta, brunost, and whey butter and many other products for human consumption.


Description: Is a hormone, also known as epinephrine

Source: It is found in many animals

Use: It is used to treat a number of conditions including anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest, and superficial bleeding.

Bone Meal

Description: Is a mixture of finely and coarsely ground animal bones and slaughter-house waste products

Source: Animal bones and slaughter-house waste products

Use: It is used as an organic fertilizer for plants and as a nutritional supplement for animals.


Description: Cortisone is a naturally-occurring corticosteroid which is a class of steroid hormones

Source: Produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates, as well as the synthetic analogues of these hormones

Use: Pain relief chronic pain sufferers


Description: Estrogen, or oestrogen, is a category of sex hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics

Source: Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

Use: Menopausal hormone therapy, hormonal birth control and feminizing hormone therapy for transgender women and nonbinary people

Linoleic Acid

Description: It is a fatty acid. The word 'linoleic' derives from the Latin linum 'flax' + oleum 'oil', reflecting the fact that it was first isolated from linseed oil.

Source: Mainly found in plant oils. non-vegan sources come from Egg Yolk, Lard, Butter, Chicken fat

Use: oil paints and varnishes


Description: Is an aspartic protease which is a catalytic type of protease enzymes that use an activated water molecule bound to one or more aspartate residues for catalysis of their peptide substrates

Source: It is produced in the gastric chief cells of the stomach lining and is one of the main digestive enzymes in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals

Use: Treat stomach ulcers and other pepsin-related conditions, also inhibits pepsin activity


Description: Bluish-white gelatin-like substance, being a protein-carbohydrate complex and can be obtained by boiling cartilage in water.

Source: Animal tissue, especially connective tissues. Gristle on animal bones is high in chondroitin. Some chondroitin supplements come from animal sources, like shark or beef cartilage

Use: Supplement used in treating the joint disease of osteoarthritis as well as glucosamine


Description: Is an estrogen steroid hormone and the major female sex hormone. It is involved in the regulation of the estrous and menstrual female reproductive cycles

Source: Female hormones from pregnant maresโ€™ urine

Use: primarily in hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms as well as transgender hormone replacement therapy


Description: Glucosamine is a natural compound found in cartilage โ€” the tough tissue that cushions joints.

Source: Harvested from shells of shellfish or made in a lab

Use: Treat a painful condition caused by the inflammation, breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage (osteoarthritis)

Disodium Inosinate (E630)

Description: Is the disodium salt of inosinic acid.

Source: It is typically obtained from chicken byproducts or other meat industry waste

Use: Widely used as a flavor enhancer


Description: (EC

Source: found in the digestive system of many vertebrates. First isolated by rubbing the pancreas with of pork with glycerin

Use: Used widely in various biotechnological processes. Break down casein in breast milk, dissolve blood clots, dissolve dead tissue and pus in wounds in horses, cattle, dogs, and cats


Description: sold under the brand name Capoten among others, is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor

Source: Pit viper's venom

Use: Treatment of hypertension and some types of congestive heart failure


Description: The component of the Gila monsterโ€™s venom is a peptide known as exendin-4

Source: Gila monsterโ€™s venom

Use: Alzheimerโ€™s disease, diabetes, and other diseases common to older age

Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL)

Description: Is an aqueous extract of blood cells (amoebocytes)

Source: Blood cells of the Atlantic horseshoe crab

Use: Detect presence of bacterial endotoxins in drugs and biological products


Description: Heparin, also known as unfractionated heparin (UFH), is a medication and naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan.

Source: Pharmaceutical-grade heparin is derived from mucosal tissues of slaughtered meat animals such as porcine (pig) intestines or bovine (cattle) lungs.

Use: As a medication it is used as an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Treatment of heart attacks and unstable angina

Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells (CHO Cells)

Description: Epithelial cell line

Source: Derived from the ovary of the Chinese hamster

Use: CHO cells are the most common mammalian cell line used for mass production of therapeutic proteins

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