Collagen Supplements

The use of collagen supplements has grown significantly in recent years due to the promotion of their purported benefits. Packaging for these supplements, which is commonly purchased in pill or powder form, often boasts astounding benefits for hair, skin, nails, and joints.

If you are considering taking collagen supplements it is important to learn the facts before making a purchase.

Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced by the body. It can be found in the blood, joints, connective tissues, and muscles and plays the following roles in helping the body to function well:

  • Helps blood to clot
  • Provides protective lining for organs
  • Gives structure and support to skin, and tissue
  • Aids in cellular responses such as cellular renewal
  • Help keep bones strong
  • Provides elasticity to the skin

There are five main types of collagen found in the body, they include:

  • Type l: Makes up 90% of the collagen in the body, and is used to build bones, skin, tendons, and ligaments
  • Type ll: Helps to make cartilage and provides joint support
  • Type lll: Is found in muscles, organs, and arteries
  • Type lV: Is found in the skin
  • Type V: Is found in skin, hair, placenta tissue, and the cornea of the eyes

As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, and over time, the collagen we already have begins to break down. We may experience the following changes as this occurs:

  • Loss of skin elasticity, resulting in wrinkled or crepey skin
  • Weaker muscles
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Loss of flexibility or stiffness of the joints
  • Joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hallowing around the eyes

There are a few lifestyle changes we can implement that may boost collagen production. This includes eating foods that are rich in vitamin C, zinc, and copper, eating protein-rich foods, and bone broths.

Taking supplements is another option that some people may consider. Taking collagen peptides by mouth is possibly safe. However, it is important to keep in mind that these supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; therefore, quality and safety are not guaranteed.  Additionally, evidence or studies that support the use of collagen supplements have been small. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you speak with a physician before taking collagen supplements.

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