Collagen makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. It is one of the most abundant proteins found in our body. Of late, collagen is used as a beauty agent in many beauty products.
According to Nicole Osinga, RD, our body needs collagen, but we actually make it on our own, so most of us don’t actually need to be adding collagen powder to our foods or taking it as a supplement.
So all the excitement surrounding collagen as a magic ingredient is a misconception? Yes and no. Let’s find out!
#Collagen and body
The human body does not absorb collagen whole, so the idea of taking a supplement can directly promote bone growth and skin or hair health is incorrect. What your body does is break collagen down in the digestive system but does not automatically give you glowing skin. Taking a collagen supplement can make your body produce more collagen. One study found that collagen is beneficial to bones and joints by helping the body’s natural production of more natural collagen.
#Collagen and skin
Before you take a collagen supplement in hopes of improving your skin, read up. There is very limited data and scientific study that proves collagen can improve your skin. Researchers are still studying as to whether these supplements actually have any meaningful benefit to the skin of those who consume it.
#Collagen and hair
As you age, the natural levels of collagen in your body decreases, which is why taking a supplement sounds inviting. According to research, collagen has been shown to support and increase the body’s hair building proteins, which can prevent hair loss, encourage hair growth, and reduce the appearance of grey hair. Furthermore, collagen supplements have been shown to be very effective in the treatment of damaged hair. So, collagen can be a positive supplement in hair growth.
#Collagen and diet
It’s not enough to only take a collagen supplement. Vitamin C and collagen must be consumed together, given that if you have too little vitamin C in your body, not enough collagen can be produced. Cabbage, red fruits, and carrots all help to boost collagen production naturally. With the body’s natural collagen production declining with age, modern lifestyle factors like stress, poor diet, and gut health imbalances can all decrease the body’s ability to make it.