In a world where Americans have all sorts of materials injected into their faces to make them look younger, from best botox santa barbara, a diluted form of botulinum toxin, and Hylaform, an anti-wrinkle gel made of rooster crests to Evolence, which was just approved by the FDA last month, pig collagen is making a name for itself. But is this a good thing?
This is an important question because pig collagen, like many cosmetic products, has a reputation for being non-halal. Apparently, some people believe that the protein in pig skin is not halal because it is derived from Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which, if consumed in food, can cause botulism, a potentially deadly disease that can cause paralysis.
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While the Clostridium botulinum bacteria spores are harmless, once they develop, they become active and begin to produce the neurotoxin responsible for botulism. Botulinum toxin is a protein and, when injected into the body in small amounts, works to block nerve cells from sending signals that cause muscles to contract.
According to Seftel, one of the leading distributors of Botox in Malaysia, the pig enzyme used during the growing process is completely removed through several highly specialised purification processes and, when the botulinum toxin protein is isolated from other proteins and components, it only contains 0% of this pig ingredient. The distributor also said that the company that manufactures Botox, Allergan, is licensed to make the product and produces a halal product of the highest standards.