Why should you start taking collagen supplements?
Collagen supplements have been a hot topic and have created a lot of buzz in the media. Is it something you should incorporate into your daily routine? Let’s start by talking about what collagen is and what it does for your body. Dr. Frieling explains that collagen is made in the body with the help of vitamin C, the amino acids glycine and proline (amino acids that help to build protein), and the mineral copper. Copper activates an enzyme involved in collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and serves many different purposes. It can be found in your bones, muscles, blood, and your skin. Structurally, collagen is formed in long thin fibrils that support the body and give our skin strength and elasticity. Collagen plays a big role in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, by forming a network of cells where new cells can grow and old cells can be replaced. During the natural aging process, your body produces less collagen, therefore, resulting in volume loss of the skin. Luckily, your body can absorb collagen supplements which come in many different forms.
What are the benefits of collagen supplements?
Although the benefits of collagen supplement are still being researched, there is not able to evidence that supports collagen supplements can help to hydrate the skin and relieve osteoarthritis pain. Research continues to be done to support the idea that collagen supplements can help form stronger bones, grow thicker hair, promote healthier nails, increase muscle mass, and improve joint health. Additionally, collagen supplements could potentially help maintain a healthy gut, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.
What are the risks?
Not enough evidence has been completed to know how collagen supplements affect pregnancy and breastfeeding, therefore, it is best to avoid use during these times. It is important to know those with a fish, shellfish, or egg allergy should avoid collagen supplements as many of them are made from these ingredients.
In conclusion, collagen supplements can be very beneficial to add to your daily routine but it is always important to consult with your doctor before adding any supplement to your daily routine.