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What to Expect When You Start Taking Collagen

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There's amazing results you can look forward to after taking collagen for months.

So, you have decided to take collagen supplements.

You may have some questions about the benefits you can expect and when.

While you cannot reverse the effects of aging, most reviews and experts indicated that you can expect to see some results over a four-to-six-week period of daily use.

Take collagen every day

First off, like many supplements, the results take some time. You are re-incorporating a protein into your body, which requires some time to build all the structural integrity back into skin tissues, bones, joints, and cartilage. Like many supplements, it is recommended to take collagen every day.

Results and time for results may vary from person to person. Studies have shown that collagen has had a positive impact on skin integrity, hair strength, muscle composition, decreasing bone loss, and helping joint pain.

You may notice improvements in skin

As collagen is lost in your skin tissues, over time, you may notice that your skin is thinner, drier and less elastic. In numerous studies, it’s been shown that supplementing with collagen has improved aged skin. Collagen has been linked with better hydration and elasticity in the skin after supplementing for 90 days. To elevate skin health, it’s a great idea to take hyaluronic acid and vitamin C with collagen... if that is your goal, a collagen blend like Enhanced Collagen Pure Beauty may be best.

You may see increased hair growth or thickness

Your hair is made of a protein called keratin. And this protein is made from amino acids naturally found in collagen. As a result, taking collagen is associated with keratin production. In fact, taking collagen has been linked in studies to support hair regrowth, preventing hair loss and even thicker hair.

You may increase your muscle mass with resistance training

Collagen is not a complete protein; therefore, it doesn’t replace your actual protein intake. Because collagen is involved in tissue integrity, there have been studies that show that your muscle mass, in your body composition, can increase when collagen is taken alongside resistance or strength training. It’s also been linked with decreased fat mass and increased muscle strength.

You may have stronger bones

Bone density decreases with age. Because collagen impacts your bones' structure, it’s not surprising that taking collagen daily has been linked with increasing bone density. This has been especially seen in postmenopausal women, where it becomes critical to supplement with bone building minerals. Collagen peptides are said to play a role in helping the bone minerals become deposited.

You may experience less joint pain

Many studies have been linking collagen supplements and collagen peptides to reduced joint pain and helping those with osteoarthritis. A recent study has even shown that a daily dose of 5 to 15 g of collagen peptides per day decreased joint pain compared with those who did not consume collagen. To maximize the support of joint health, it’s a good idea to try a blend of collagen with joint supportive supplements like Enhanced Collagen Bone & Joint.

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What do experts say?

We asked Registered Holistic Nutritionists their opinion on collagen supplementation and what to expect.

Allow at least 8 weeks of supplementing with collagen daily before assessing whether collagen is working for you.

Collagen turnover is a slow process. As such, no matter your goal for using collagen, it will take at least 8 weeks (about 2 months) to experience noticeable results

Most studies use a minimum of 8 weeks (about 2 months) to assess collagen’s effects on skin health and joint pain relief, but other studies use longer periods, such as 12 months, for bone health.

It's not an overnight thing, it's a lifestyle.

Your body knows what it needs.

Our bodies have a way of prioritizing. So, if we need protein for wound healing, that’s going to be the body's number one priority in terms of where it’s going to allocate amino acids and build the protein.

For example, we might be taking collagen for our skin but once they are digested and absorbed, the body may allocate the amino acids to where they are needed most, this means it may take 4 weeks for one person to notice benefits in their skin and the other may be 4 months.

So, start your journey, build your routine, and stick with it.

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