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Is keratin vegan?

Keratin is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is keratin?

Keratin is a fibrous structural protein that is a key component of hair, nails, hooves, feathers, and horns in animals. It is a tough and insoluble protein that provides strength and resilience to these structures. Keratin is rich in cysteine, an amino acid that forms disulfide bonds, which give keratin its unique properties. It is often used in the production of hair care products, such as shampoos and conditioners, to strengthen and protect hair from damage. Additionally, it is used in the production of medical devices, such as wound dressings, due to its biocompatibility and natural antimicrobial properties.

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