Misconceptions About Collagen
What are some myths or untruths going around about collagen?
As the topic of collagen becomes more popular, people have a lot of questions about collagen supplementation.
The most common misconception is that we don’t need to take collagen supplements to produce collagen as our body does it naturally. However, experts suggest that because your production of collagen declines, and the fact that it’s the most abundant protein in the body, your body needs collagen supplementation as you age.
So let's get into some common misconceptions about collagen... have you heard these myths?
Myth: Your body makes collagen, so you don't need to supplement with it
FALSE. The rate your body makes collagen reduces with age, starting at age 25. By age 50, you have lost 25% of your skin's collagen. Because your body is not producing collagen at a rate fast enough to keep up with loss, you experience structural loss: aging skin, wrinkles, stiffer joints, joint pain, and increased loss of muscle mass.
This is why supplementation becomes key.
Because collagen is a large molecule, you need hydrolyzed collagen peptides that are digestible AND active ingredients that stimulate its production (such as Vitamin C).
Myth: Marine collagen is better than bovine collagen
FALSE: There is really no difference in the effectiveness of marine vs. bovine collagen. You are getting type 1 collagen with marine and both types 1 and 3 with bovine collagen. Therefore, if anything, you are getting a bit more variety with bovine collagen as it contains one more type of collagen.
Learn about the different types of collagen and which one suits you best.
Myth: Liquid collagen is more effective than powdered collagen
FALSE: There is no difference in efficacy between liquid collagen and powder collagen. Liquid collagen is made by dissolving powdered collagen in liquid for convenience, so with both formats you are getting hydrolyzed collagen peptides powder. Furthermore, most studies have been conducted using powdered collagen. Either way you are consuming collagen powder (just premixed for your convenience if you are purchasing liquid). The format you choose is up to you and which is more convenient for you.
Myth: Collagen creams can penetrate the dermis layers
FALSE: When applied to the skin surface, collagen cannot enter deeply into the skin because the collagen molecule is too large. You can boost your collagen by supplementing with it actively or stimulating new collagen production.
The best way to get collagen into your skin’s tissues and joints is to consume hydrolyzed peptides that have been broken down for digestibility and absorbability.
Myth: Collagen supplementation is mainly for females
FALSE: Collagen is equally great for both men and women. As men age, their collagen production decreases (just the same as women), and this impacts muscle, skin tissues, hair, energy, and metabolism. Collagen is an important protein to keep the functions of the body stronger for longer. In fact, there are specific benefits to men taking collagen.
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