If you are one of many people who have tried skin cream after skin cream without seeing results, you are going to love this! Your skincare issue is likely to be an internal one that is best addressed by combining a healthy diet with one super supplement: collagen!
Supplementing your diet with collagen can have many beauty benefits, from smoothing and rejuvenating your skin to strengthening your hair and nails. However, knowing which supplements work best can be confusing. There are a lot of options out there so to help you choose, Simone Thomas imparts her wisdom, to answer all your questions about collagen!
What does collagen do?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is the building block that keeps your skin, hair, bones, and muscles at their fullest vitality. It helps to support skin elasticity as well as joint and muscle health. Additionally, collagen also helps with blood clotting, wound healing and protecting your nervous system.
Why should I take collagen supplements?
Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but as we age, we lose the ability to synthesise new collagen. This decline starts around the age of 25 and by 40 we can lose up to 1% of our body’s collagen every year.
Loss of collagen is one of the main reasons your skin will begin to wrinkle with age. It will also result in weaker joints and bones as well as thinning hair.
Supplements can help your body to produce more collagen whilst also slowing the rate at which your natural supplies break down. They improve skin hydration by helping your body to produce hyaluronic acid, which can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Other factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and sun exposure also affect collagen loss.
How do collagen supplements work?
When you ingest collagen, it does not transform into new collagen straight away. First, it is broken down into amino acids and peptides. Once absorbed into the bloodstream via the gut, these help to stimulate your body’s natural new collagen synthesis. Peptides also produce elastin and hyaluronic acid, both of which support your skin’s vitality.
There are many types of collagen, which one should I choose?
According to a research review, there are 28 different types of collagen. The most common types found in the human body are types I, II and III. These each have different effects on different parts of the body:
Type I is the main type of the body produces. It accounts for 90% of your collagen and is found in your connective tissue, skin, hair, and nails. Type I is the most important for skin health as it is responsible for your skin’s structure and firmness.
Type II is found mostly in your joints and cartilage. Supplementing type II collagen may help to relieve the effects of arthritis.
Type III works with type I to keep your vital organs functioning at full strength. It also helps to calm inflammation around your muscles and to maintain your overall health. It is found in fast-growing tissue, especially in wound healing.
What is the difference between bovine and marine collagen?
Bovine collagen is made from cow by-products such as bones and cartilage. Marine collagen is derived from the skin, bones, and scales of fish.
Whilst both offer benefits, marine is more bioavailable meaning it can be absorbed more easily and your body can use more of it. Importantly, marine collagen is a type I collagen, it is most suited for promoting healthy skin. It is also higher in antioxidants, which help to protect your skin from free radical damage.
Additionally, there is a lower risk of contaminants and transmissible disease from marine sourced collagen than bovine.
Is there vegan collagen?
Vegan collagen has recently become available, made from genetically modified yeast or other bacterial sources. However, there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to support the benefits of vegan collagen.
Why should I choose hydrolysed collagen?
Hydrolysed collagen is collagen that’s already been broken down into amino acids and small peptide chains to make it more bioavailable. This means it’s easier for your body to absorb and use. Hydrolysed collagen is thought to be the only form of collagen that can impact the skin positively.
Do other vitamins and minerals help?
The ideal vitamin to pair with collagen is vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a major role in the production of pro-collagen, the body’s precursor to collagen, and it also helps to make the protein more bioavailable.
Are there any side effects I need to be aware of?
There are not many known risks associated with collagen supplements.
However, collagen is often sourced from common food allergens, such as fish and seafood, so people with these allergies need to be aware of what supplements are made of. Some collagen supplements may have the potential to cause heartburn or feelings of fullness.
In general, collagen supplements are safe for most people.
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We chose to develop SkinQuencher using hydrolysed marine collagen because it can be absorbed by your skin the fastest. We coupled this super ingredient with 18 amino acids that help to protect against skin-damaging free radicals. Plus, SkinQuencher also contains vitamin C, which supports your body’s absorption and production of collagen.
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