The skin that covers our body and protects our muscles, bones and internal organs, is also the body’s largest organ in itself. The skin is responsible for sensation to temperature, pressure, and many other important functions within the body. Within the skin lies collagen, and collagen is known to make up the majority of the skin structure. Type I collagen affects our skin, hair, and nails. As the skin ages and is depleted through photo-aging, our skin, collagen most importantly, begins to deteriorate.
Despite advances in technology and even with the best doctors and researches on the case, we know that although science has made advancements, collagen, sadly, cannot be replaced in the skin through collagen skin creams.
According to amino-collagen.com, for many years, Japanese women have experienced the youth-promoting effects of collagen supplements. Although the thought of eating collagen may not sound appetizing, one simply has to ask: what are the benefits, side effects, risks, etc of collagen taking supplements? What are the best types of collagen supplements to take? Most importantly, do they really work?
Fortunately, lost body collagen stores can effectively be replaced through the right supplements. Through taking supplemental collagen, it is said that one can increase strength around high movement areas of the skin where wrinkles form, such as around the eyes, and the corners of our mouth that typically wrinkle when we smile. Eventually, as we age, those wrinkles become permanent or more defined. However, fortifying the skin’s structure by eating or supplementing with collagen also results in the strengthening of pore walls, which in turn slows down sagging skin and enlarged pores, causing more youthful, anti-aging results.
Collagen doesn’t just have a profound effect on the skin. During the aging process, hair and nails gradually become more brittle, and our hair tends to thin out and break more easily. Nails become thinner and discolored. This is said to be the result of the reduced collagen production in our bodies. As a result, collagen is very important to new hair growth, hair quality, nail growth, and nail quality.
Type II Collagen
Type II Collagen affects joint and cartilage and has been very effective with rebuilding joints.
Some of the most reported side effects of taking collagen include lingering taste in the mouth, and a small percentage of users report that they have experienced a slight, long-lasting taste in their mouth that usually subsides within 30-60 minutes. It is also possible to experience an allergic reaction for individuals allergic to collagen sources (bovine, porcine, fish, shellfish, chicken). Some have reported a decreased appetite, which might not necessarily be an adverse effect. These side effects are reported by approximately .1% of collagen supplement users. Other than in the case of allergies, the drawbacks, or side effects, of eating collagen appear to be negligible.
Further according to the site, the most benefits that come from taking supplements to boost the replacement of type I collagen is improved skin texture and firmness. The site says that an average of 13% has reported the reduction of wrinkles. Another included benefit is the reduced appearance of cellulite, new and improved hair and nail growth, increased quality and strength after approximately 3 months of ingesting collagen supplements.
The most common benefits, according to the site of type II collagen supplements, include: improved tendon and joint flexibility and strength, reduced joint pain and improved recovery from sports injuries and muscle repair.
Secondary potential benefits from ingesting collagen supplements include decreased appetite, lighter/brighter skin appearance, and reduction in what we call “aging spots,” increased bone strength, improved skin moisture and hydration, smoother joint and ligament mobility and flexibility.
Other Collagen Benefits
Whether you’re wanting to become more visually appealing to others, or if you are a sports enthusiast, or suffer from arthritis or any type of bone/ligament ailments, it sounds as though taking collagen supplements may be able to improve your quality of life and prolong the visual side effects of the aging process. So, the next question on your mind might be, what are the best collagen supplements to take?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. As we already covered, it’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. It gives our skin strength and elasticity and helps replace dead skin cells. You may have heard the words collagen and gelatin mentioned in the same breath. According to sources, that’s because gelatin is derived from collagen. When collagen breaks down, it actually becomes gelatin. A great example of this, given by the website, is found in bone broth; the bones are loaded with collagen and, as the broth cooks, it breaks down into gelatin. In other words, gelatin is full of the same good stuff as collagen, just in different form.
All of this sounds great, but are there studies that support the supposed benefits of taking collagen supplements?
According to a Dove Press study, “clinical interventions in aging,” the study found that the daily consumption of the collagen supplement “Pure Gold Collagen” reduces visible signs of aging. Maryam Borumand and Sara Sibilla found that 15% of subjects taking Pure Gold Collagen had fewer facial lines and wrinkles after 60 days, even though they did not undergo any form of cosmetic procedure. Moreover, 32% had an improvement in the level of photoaging and 39% had less skin dryness. These subjects either had no form of cosmetic treatment or had only a localized procedure, indicating that the effects were likely due to Pure Gold Collagen.
Other studies that have been performed further support how effective collagen supplements can decrease the appearance of cellulite, improve joint, bone and tendon health and relieve arthritis pain, in addition to improving the amount of time healing after an injury, but that these supplements can also improve hair, nails, and skin texture, hydration, growth and appearance, all without any costly surgical or professional medical assistance.
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- http://www.livestrong.com/ article/205917-the-benefits- of-collagen-capsules/
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC4206255/