The collagen craze is hard to ignore, and the trend continues to spread across the country. This explains why consumers wonder whether the advertised benefits really live up to expectations or not. While you may be considering increasing your collagen intake, get to know these facts about it.
Health Shots reached out to Dr. Kashish Kalra, Head of Dermatology at Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, for some facts about collagen supplements.
What is collagen?
Collagen as a protein is found in abundance in our body. It is the main component that makes up our bone, muscle and ligament structure.
Collagen comes in many types, but here are the three most common you need to know about.
Type 1: This type makes up most of the collagen in our body. It is made up of fibers that are dense and necessary for teeth, bones, ligaments, skin and connective tissue.
Type 2: This type is present in our elastic cartilage which provides joint support.
Type 3; This type is present in the structure of arteries, organs and muscles.
As we age and grow, our bodies begin to produce less collagen, which can lead to aging skin and wrinkles. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking or excessive sun exposure, can also interfere with the production of collagen in our body.
Although collagen supplements have benefits, we also need to be fully aware of the other side of the story.
Facts About Collagen Supplements
At a time when people are easily consuming supplements, there is a lot of buzz surrounding collagen supplements. It sounds very fascinating to take a pill and wipe a few years off your skin. But is it true? Let’s find out through the answers to some frequently asked questions from Dr. Kalra.
1. Are all collagen supplements equal?
Few studies claim that marine collagen is better than bovine collagen. But in reality, what matters most is the form of the collagen, i.e. whether it is in the hydrolyzed form or not. A molecule of collagen is a large molecule and must be broken down into amino acids to be absorbed, so the hydrolyzed form is best regardless of the source.
2. Collagen can reverse the signs of aging
Much has been said against and for this, but few randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have concluded that taking collagen improves skin elasticity. However, there was no effect on wrinkles and aging.
3. Are collagen supplements regulated?
One of the biggest concerns is that collagen supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and manufacturers don’t have to prove they’re safe or effective before putting them on the shelves. or market them.
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4. Should I take collagen supplements or not?
Collagen supplementation is not harmful but may not be worth the hype. Our body can synthesize collagen from amino acids derived from vegetable or animal proteins. The richest source is bone broth or any meat containing connective tissue. An adequate protein diet is enough to maintain collagen in the skin and joints.
5. So what is the best way to produce collagen?
The best way to induce collagen production in the skin is to apply proper actives rather than eating collagen powder and gummies. Procedures such as micro-needling, ablative and non-ablative lasers, radio frequency devices, and HIFUs induce collagen much more effectively than oral supplements.
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