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What is Collagen and why does my skin need it?

Guess what’s in your connective tissue, we’re talking skin, bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, tendons and ligaments? That’s right, collagen!

Did you know that as you age, your body’s capacity to produce collagen declines? And that this lack of collagen leads to problems in your bones, joints and skin too. So, what is the most logical thing to do? Increase your collagen intake and that’s exactly what thousands of people are doing right now!

There are companies that are catering to this very need; from powder to collagen pills, collagen is being produced and consumed in heaps. If you’ve tried it, share your experience with us.

Types of Collagen

There are more a dozen types of collagen, each composed of different amino acids. These different collagens have different responsibilities; some build your bones while others form your skin. So, it is important to understand what type of collagen your body is lacking and which one should you be consuming.

What Is Hydrolyzed Type-I Collagen?

This is the most common type of collagen that most people are consuming. Hydrolyzed simply means that the amino acids have been broken down into simple, smaller units. So, you can have it in both hot and cold liquids. Whether it’s your morning tea, smoothie, soup, iced tea or daily cup of joe; you can simply add a scoop of the hydrolyzed collagen and get that protein supplement in the tastiest way possible. This type-I collagen is extracted from fish scales, animal hides or bones. Currently, there is no plant source collagen alternative available.

Natural Ingredients That Boost Collagen Production

If you don’t think you want to jump the bandwagon just yet, here are some food sources that can boost collagen production!

  • Any fruit that contains Vitamin C, like oranges, strawberries, pineapples and so on.
  • Sunflower seeds, lentils, beef and almonds that contain copper.
  • Poultry, eggs, fish, kale, beans and spinach that contain glycine, an amino acid.
  • Proline is another amino acid found in meant.

Are There Any Proven Skin and Hair Benefits?

Since all of us are still learning and experts are divided based on their opinions, we know there’s a long way to go. Some say that collagen reduces wrinkles and benefits our nails as well as hair; while others believe that’s just not possible. They state that just because you consume something, doesn’t mean it’s going to become part of your body; we digest things differently. Only time can tell if collagen is great for our skin, but know what’s already proven? Using a serum that can penetrate deep into your skin to give you that much needed hydration.

Is Collagen Fattening?

As of now, there has been no evidence that collagen is fattening. Instead, it is believed that this protein supplement fights hunger pangs.

Does Collagen Cure Arthritis?

Now, the first thing that crossed our minds was that this could reduce the dreaded arthritis pain. Though there’s limited research that states arthritis can be cured completely with the help of collagen, researchers believe it is still worth giving it a shot.

With time, we’ll understand if collagen or their popular name ‘peptides’, carry any risks. But for now, the world is making the most of the potential benefits of using collagen!

P.S. - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not monitor collagen powders neither does it check other supplements for safety, unless a manufacturer claims that it can cure ailments or if people fall ill. So, it’s really up to us to research before stocking up on this!

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