Is Collagen Worth Taking?

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the main ingredient of your connective tissues that make up several body parts including your tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. It is the glue that holds your body together and strengthens your bones.

Is Collagen Worth Taking?

More research is needed but collagen supplements may:-

1. Improve the health of your skin. As you get older, your body produces less collagen, which leads to dry skin and wrinkle formation. Several studies have shown that collagen supplements may help to slow down the rate that your skin ages because they reduce wrinkles and dryness.

2. Relieve joint pain. Some studies suggest that collagen supplements may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and reduce overall joint pain; including sports-related joint pain.

3. Prevent bone loss. Your bones are mainly made of collagen, which deteriorates as you get older. Studies of postmenopausal women taking calcium and vitamin D supplements with collagen had significantly lower levels of a protein that promotes bone breakdown than those who only took calcium and vitamin D daily.

4. Boost muscle mass. A study of 53 elderly men with muscle loss caused by ageing (known as ‘sarcopenia’) found that those who took 15g of collagen every day, along with lifting weights, three times a week for three months, gained more muscle and lost more fat than those just lifted weights.

5. Promote your heart health. Collagen also makes your blood vessels flexible and elastic. In a study, 31 adults took collagen and it was found that their measures of artery stiffness were considerably reduced from the beginning to the end of this study.

6. Heal your wounds. In a study of 89 long-term care residents with pressure sores, those who took collagen three times daily for 8 weeks, saw their wounds heal twice as fast as those who didn’t.

The Cons of Collagen.

The supplements etc. are actually made from ground-up fish, chicken, pig, and cow parts!

You won’t notice any difference in your skin or for whatever reason you take it unless, you take it for a few months. In fact, you would have to take it for life. This is because your body constantly produces ‘collagenase’ a protein that breaks down collagen in damaged tissues to enable healthy tissues to grow.

And the collagen industry isn’t regulated.

Also, taking collagen supplements could cause side-effects of bloating, heartburn and feelings of fullness.

Don’t Bother With Topical Collagen Lotions.

Don’t bother with collagen lotions or other topical applications because collagen is not found naturally on your skin’s surface. It is found in the deeper layers of your skin.

Can You Get the Collagen You Need from Your Diet?

Getting collagen from foods may not be as efficient as taking supplements but you can boost your collagen production by eating the following:-

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Legumes

You need zinc and vitamin C for your body to make collagen so these foods will also help:-

  • Shellfish
  • Wholegrains
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers

Note. There is no such thing as plant-based collagen.

Besides your diet, you may be able to protect your body’s natural collagen by applying sunscreen, getting enough sleep, not smoking, managing your stress and exercising regularly.

Summary

There is limited evidence that taking collagen is worth taking for your skin, joints, bones, muscles, and heart. But the collagen industry isn’t regulated and you have to take it forever. Also, you have to be aware of the other factors that may affect your body’s collagen production.

Personally, I wouldn’t even think of taking collagen supplements because I’m a vegetarian. I’ll take my chances with my diet and exercise. After all, what’s wrong with a few wrinkles?

Do you or would you take collagen? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. X

Sources: nytimes.com, clevelandclinic.org, webmd.com, healthline.com, hsph.harvard.edu, thefoodmedic.co.uk, bbcgoodfood.com

5 thoughts on “Is Collagen Worth Taking?

  1. For some time I have been taking collagen because I have lost a lot of hair. I notice that it helps but I did not know there was so much benefit. Thank you for this informative article.

  2. I’ve never taken collagen although I know people who do and swear by it. It all feels like marketing hype to me. I agree that diet and exercise will go further to promote healthy aging than collagen supplements. And they’re a lot less expensive too!

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