Collagen is quickly becoming an up-and-comer in the health industry as a miracle product, promising strong hair, plump skin, and improved joint mobility. If you’re considering collagen supplementation, read ahead to get smart on this important protein!
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a complex protein that acts as a fundamental building block for your body. It helps increase the strength and elasticity of tissues in the body, including bones, ligaments, skin, joints, hair, and nails.
What Does It Do?
- helps create cartilage (for joints)
- helps keep skin youthful and plump
- important component of healthy strong hair, nails, and bones
- source of glycine, which is necessary for nervous system functioning, muscle tissue formation, and repairing damaged body tissues.
You Can Do It!
Yes! Your body naturally makes collagen out of the amino acids (protein building blocks) glycine, arginine, and proline. Collagen levels can also be boosted naturally with vitamin C, silica, and biotin. After age 25, your natural levels of collagen will start to decrease. If you want to naturally stimulate your body to create collagen, you can also try out cosmetic acupuncture, a holistic alternative to cosmetic surgery! It stimulates collagen production in the face and décolletage. We offer this here at the clinic and it also includes a collagen facial with massage – pampering to the max <3
What should I look for?
- 1. Check out the Research
Most of the recent studies are on collagen hydrolysate, or hydrolyzed collagen. In 2013 a good study was done (double blind, placebo controlled) of 69 middle-aged women taking oral collagen supplements (2.5g, 5g, or placebo). At 4 weeks there was a statistically significant improvement in skin elasticity and moisture versus the placebo group. In 2008 a study was conducted on athletes to examine the impact of collagen supplementation on joint pain. 10g of collagen was taken in a liquid oral dose, and was shown to be effective in reducing joint pain in athletes with osteoarthritis.
- 2. Know the Source
Pure collagen supplements will be either from bovine sources (cow – hide) or marine (scales or skin of fish).
There you have it! If you end up taking a collagen supplement, remember to read the label for proper dose and recommended timing (some say to take away from food). And if you’re getting it from animal sources, choose brands that take time to ensure you’re getting a clean product (i.e. from animals that are not tampered with).
As always, if you have any questions or comments about how you want to include collagen in your life (or if you want to try out the ultra-chic and holistic Cosmetic Acupuncture), contact the clinic and make an appointment with one of our professionals! We’d love to help you out Call 647-345-7668 (pom8) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week!