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10 choses à savoir sur le collagène

Rhiannon Lytle, RHN

Even though collagen seems like a household name these days, many people are still unsure if they should take collagen, or what it can do for them. There are many questions you still have about collagen before it's time to pick up your first bottle, so we want to clear that up! To help you decide if collagen is for you, we’re answering the top 10 things you need to know about collagen:

1. Qu'est-ce que le collagène ?

Collagen is a protein, and is what makes up a lot of what is found in our hair, skin and nails. It is referred to as the “glue” that holds our body together. As we get older, however, we're unable to produce the necessary collagen to prevent the signs of aging. This is why many people will supplement with it.

2. La prise de collagène a-t-elle des effets secondaires négatifs ?

For most people, there are no side effects of taking collagen. Most people find that adding collagen to their routine has positive outcomes for their digestive health, hair, skin and nails. However, in rare instances, some people have noticed small breakouts, or light digestive distress when adding collagen to their diet. There has been no definitive correlation between collagen and these issues.

3. Combien de temps faut-il pour voir les résultats de la prise de collagène ?

There are a few factors that matter here: how long you take it, and what your lifestyle is already like. Generally it can take up to four months to truly see the benefits of collagen in your body. If you are eating a poor diet that lacks the nutrients your body needs to produce its own collagen, and start taking a maximum dose each day, then you may see the effects quite quickly. However if you eat quite healthy and add in about 1 serving per day (approximately 10g), it may take a few more weeks to see the extra glow.

4. Dois-je prendre du collagène tous les jours ?

It is suggested that you consume around 1 tbsp. of collagen everyday. If you are looking for more therapeutic benefits taking 2-3 tbsps. each day will provide more nourishing, and possibly faster acting effects.  As our collagen production starts to reduce with age, taking it regularly will be beneficial for more long-term health effects.

5. Dois-je prendre du collagène à jeun ?

Our best suggestion to taking collagen: take it whenever, and however it works best for you! Many people will add it to their morning cup of coffee, while others like it in a pre-bed elixir to help promote a more restful sleep. While some people swear by taking it at a specific time each day, there is no evidence to show that timing matters. So take it whenever works for you! 

6. Existe-t-il différents types de collagène ?

Yes! You can learn more about the types of collagen here. But we’ll give you the Cole's Notes version now: There are many types of collagen in your body (articles cite anywhere from 15-27 different types of collagen). However, there are three types that are of most importance in our body: Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. Pretty easy to remember, right?

  • Type 1 collagen is what helps our hair, skin and nails, and can be found in Organika’s Enhanced CollagenMarine Collagen and Salmon Collagen.
  • Type 2 collagen is found in Organika’s Chicken Bone Broth and BioCell Collagen supplements, and supports joint health. People living with joint issues, like osteoarthritis may find relief from using supplements rich in Type 2 collagen. 
  • Type 3 collagen is usually found alongside Type 1 collagen in your body and is an important component of our bone marrow. This is available in Organika's Enhanced Collagen line. 

types of collagen

7. Puis-je fabriquer moi-même du collagène ?

Your body naturally produces collagen using Vitamin C, and the amino acids, glycine, proline and lysine. This means that yes, if you are eating a primarily plant-based diet, you can still produce the collagen necessary to keep your skin glowing and your hair flowing. However, it is important to remember that our collagen production decreases as we age. That’s likely because our body can’t breakdown and absorb the proper nutrients to create it (like these amino acids and Vitamin C). So including a collagen supplement, or a plant-based booster is helpful!

8. Le collagène n'est-il qu'une poudre ?

Collagen can come in various forms, but you’ll usually see it in a powder or capsule form. For example, our Marine Collagen and Enhanced Collagen line are powders that can be added to smoothies, baking, or your morning coffee/tea. Our Plant-Based Collagen Booster is also a powder, however it’s best to use that in cold liquids to ensure you keep the integrity of the vitamins. On the other hand, you can also use Organika’s BioCell Collagen or Salmon Collagen, which both come in capsule form.

9. Puis-je prendre différents types de collagène en même temps ?

Vous le pouvez ! En fait, Organika vend même un produit qui comprend les trois types de collagène dans une poudre pratique appelée Full Spectrum Collagen.

10. Puis-je ajouter du collagène hydrolysé à des aliments ou des liquides chauds ?

Le processus d'hydrolyse signifie que le collagène a été décomposé en une molécule plus petite qui est mieux absorbée par votre corps. Le chauffage du collagène ne dégrade pas le profil nutritionnel, car il est déjà décomposé en sa plus petite molécule.

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