Natural beauty… a little less natural!
Looking at magazines at the grocery store, have you ever noticed that a celebrity looks younger than the last movie you saw her in? The other covers featured a young woman with hair that was shinier than a sequined dress?
When you got home, you thought you’d do your research and there were plenty of articles touting the benefits of collagen supplementation to achieve similar results. But what does collagen really do? Does it deserve the miraculous properties that are attributed to it? Let’s demystify the role of collagen in your body and determine if a supplement is appropriate.
The benefits and roles of collagen in the body
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proteins have a structural role in your body? Collagen is one of the proteins that ensure this role.
It is an important component in the formation of certain connective tissues: ligaments, tendons, muscles and skin. Over the years, many television commercials have noted its benefits in relieving joint pain.
Interestingly, vitamin C is a good ally of collagen, as it helps to form the tissues in which it is involved. This protein helps improve the integrity and structure of bones.
Several studies report its significant effects on the improvement of the skin and its signs of aging. Collagen also has other roles, especially in your hair and nails. The benefits related to the structure of body tissues remain the most well known.
Collagen and weight loss, allies?
Collagen would have beneficial and marked effects on weight loss, hence its recent popularity. It is said that it speeds up your metabolism. Well, you should know that there is no evidence to support these facts at this time.
There is every reason to believe that the good old-fashioned way of eating a balanced diet and increasing physical activity is still more appropriate.
Food sources of collagen
Collagen is involved in the manufacturing of connective tissues, and the food sources are found in the structural components of animal products.
This means that you will have a dietary intake of collagen by consuming the skin of your roasted chicken breast or the skin of fish. Chicken, beef and veal broths, which are cooked with the bones or skin of the animal, also provide collagen. Gelatin, used mainly in desserts, comes from pork and contains collagen.
You should know that this protein is found in an intact form in food and would be more difficult to absorb than in a supplement where it has undergone hydrolysis (a process that cuts the protein into more easily assimilated amino acids).
So, is a collagen supplement necessary?
Collagen being a protein, if your diet includes a variety of protein foods, it is unlikely that a supplement is essential.
Studies show that a supplement would have beneficial effects on reducing the signs of aging in your skin and relieving joint pain. As for the multitude of other reported benefits, there is currently little evidence to support these claims. It is up to you to consider whether a supplement would be beneficial.
Consult a professional!
Instead, we suggest that you consult a pharmacist, dermatologist or other skin care specialist for creams specifically designed for your skin type and minor imperfections.
Liquid collagen or powder collagen?
In liquid form, the collagen supplement is said to promote increased collagen density and more beautiful skin. It usually contains water, hydrolyzed fish collagen, vitamin C and other ingredients. In powder form, you could add it to prepared foods, such as a smoothie or yogurt, and the effects are very similar to the liquid form.
Now that we have clarified the roles of collagen in your body, you can better understand the interest of some people to consume it to improve their skin or hair. We believe that you have nothing to envy to the covers of magazines and that your diet is enough to satisfy your collagen production!