The new trend we hear about is collagen supplements. With so much stress about taking supplements these days, one can’t help but wonder, are they really worth the hype?
To understand this trend, one must first understand the importance of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body (and we all know how vital protein is). Collagen is also a major component for your skin as it plays a huge role in strengthening the skin, as well as providing elasticity and hydration, leading to more supple and softer skin. As we age, our body reduces the production of collagen resulting in dry skin and alas, the formation of wrinkles.
Several foods like bone broth, chicken skin and fish naturally increase collagen intake and digestive enzymes break down collagen from foods into individual amino acids and peptides which when combined with foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers, for perfect collagen synthesis are basically amazing for skin and hair health, gut health, heart health and joint pain relief. Sounds too good to be true, right? But that’s exactly how awesome collagen is.
Unfortunately, the way food absorption works in the body, eating collagen-rich foods may not be as effective as taking supplements. Although the digestive enzymes in our gut break down the collagen in food into individual amino acids and peptides, collagen supplements have already been broken down or hydrolyzed, which facilitates their efficient absorption, namely collagen from food. Several studies have shown that collagen peptides or supplements containing collagen help slow skin aging by reducing wrinkles and dryness.
Taking collagen supplements will increase the strength of your nails by preventing brittleness and will help your hair grow longer. These supplements will improve gut health, they can promote weight loss and faster metabolism, and are known to improve mood and anxiety symptoms!
So really, there’s no reason not to start taking these supplements right away. which are mostly available in powder form, but some brands also sell capsules. However, collagen turnover is a slow process and it takes up to 8 weeks to see noticeable results in skin health, joint pain relief and improved metabolism, so don’t expect a miracle. after taking a single dose. Considered generally safe to use, collagen supplements are worth trying to achieve your health goals.
With contributions from Sargam Dhawan Bhayana, Director of Glow by Tressmart.