Collagen & health benefits

In my line of work (as in health coaching), I get a lot of questions concerning my eating habits due to my interest in healthy lifestyle. Plus, questions about food supplements, if I am taken any & what would I recommend. Well I want to tell you what I cannot live without, and that is collagen.

It is known to have many health benefits and low risks. Let’s take a look at those health benefits. I will go over the most common ones and then I will share with you my own personal experience of taking collagen.

Collagen skin

Health benefits of collagen:

  • Improves skin
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces dryness in the skin
  • May increase muscle mass
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Relieve in joint pain

There are some studies that back up the benefits concerning skin.

According to a study within the Journal of Medical Nutrition Nutraceuticlas

women that drank a mixture that contained vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid they saw improvements in their skin, concerning wrinkles. The depth of the wrinkles had decreased significantly compared to the control group. Plus, their skin was much more hydrated.

Furthermore, is a study from the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology supporting this. After 8 weeks of taking collagen the women in the test group, reported higher elasticity and more moisturized skin.

Anyway, I always start my day with water & collagen powder. I have been doing this for perhaps 2 years and what I saw improve the most, was cellulite. I had a little cellulite after my pregnancy but now it’s all gone. I noticed the change after I started taking the collagen plus my skin is overall better. It looks & feels more youthful my skin.  Plus, my nails are overall healthier and stronger.

Furthermore, had I suggested collagen as a supplement for my work collages. One of the ladies had recently had a joint pain in her hand, which she claims that has reduced significantly after she started taking collagen.

There is so much dispute about collagen. My friend in Iceland had recently read an article after a doctor there, who claimed that collagen was overrated, and it was unnecessary to take it.

There might be some truth to that. I mean, first of all if you are going to start to take it I would recommend the powder because the tablets are so misleading. I take 5mg a day, my work colleague who is a bit older than me, takes up to 10mg a day. When I was starting to take collagen, I had bought it in tablet form. On the box a recommended dose was 3 tablets a day. Then when I really started to do a little research, how much I could take daily and how much was actually in one of those tablets, I saw that 1 tablet contained 0.3 mg of collagen.

If you are allowed to take 5 to 10 mg daily, obviously it is not going to do anything in such small doses. At least I didn’t feel any difference until I started to buy the powder and take 5 mg daily.

Bottom line, I highly recommend it!

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Picture by: Lesly Juarez

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