Concerning Collagen: myths and misconceptions
Collagen – sometimes called the fountain of youth, it comes bottled, as a soup broth, and can even be injected! With all the talk that’s been surrounding it, people have been divided into two main camps – the believers and the skeptics. What do you really know about collagen? Read on to learn more as we deliver the facts on one of the beauty industry’s hottest buzzwords.
Collagen – worth the hype or not?
Collagen is the main structural protein in the skin which gives it strength and elasticity. Our natural collagen production diminishes with age, and can start as early as in our 20s and 30s. This is why we may observe a loss of firmness and wrinkles starting to appear. Declining collagen levels can also be worsened by UV damage, smoking and stress. It’s no wonder why so many people are scrambling to find ways to restore their body’s supply of collagen for youthful, supple skin.
Can collagen be absorbed by the body?
This is perhaps one of the most frequently debated questions surrounding collagen supplements. Regular collagen molecules cannot be processed by the body because they are too complex to be absorbed. However, micro collagen, or collagen peptides, can be readily absorbed into the body to be utilised for supporting healthy skin in a short period of time.
What did you say my collagen supplement is made from?
The main sources of collagen in beauty supplements are bovine (cow), porcine (pig), chicken, and marine (fish) collagen. Yes, collagen is found in animals! Collagen is usually derived from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of these animals. Collagen is not found in plants.
When is the best time to take collagen?
Beauty sleep isn’t just an old wives tale. A well-rested night not only helps you fight stress, maintain a healthy weight, and keeps energy levels high, but is also beneficial for the skin. The body’s absorption of nutrients is at its peak during the night when you’re resting, especially between 10pm and 2am. Be sure to get sufficient sleep so you get the best out of the supplements you are taking!
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