Are you #teamtopical or #teamsupplements? Don’t worry, you don’t have to pick a side just yet… There are a few things consider before deciding if you should drink collagen or start buying collagen-infused creams. Or both! First, it’s important to get the facts straight on collagen because it seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days. With the market being flooded with an abundance of collagen products, including both cosmeceuticals and nutritional supplements, it’s no wonder we find ourselves torn between two stands: To supplement or to serum? How you use collagen can indeed make a difference to how effective it is.
Choosing a form of collagen that is right for you extends far beyond the price realm, although we can all agree that no one would necessarily be thrilled about wasting their money on any product that doesn’t fulfill its promises. Today we’re delving into the science behind both dietary and topical collagens to see which form will give you the beauty and health results you’re seeking.
But First, WHY Collagen?
Out of all the proteins present in our body, collagen is of paramount importance since it’s found in the structure of our bodies, namely in tissues such as ligaments, tendons, connective tissues, teeth, and skin, a study on skin health demonstrates. Being an abundant structural protein in the body, collagen is the foundation of stability and strength. So, despite its popularity as one of 2019’s top Instagram trends, collagen is indeed a building block of the body, whose natural production decreases as we age, calling for supplementation to make sure we have an adequate amount in our bodies.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy and mobile body as we get older, supplementing with collagen can be an excellent choice. When it comes to joint pain for example, collagen seems to be extremely efficient helping to manage healthy joints and bones. According to a clinical trial by David C. Crowley and colleagues, the severity of symptoms of osteoarthritis in patients decreased by an impressive 33% after supplementing with a dietary collagen. In addition, a study on collagen in inflammatory bowel disease found that a lower level of collagen may be one of the triggers of this condition, linking collagen to digestive health. When it comes to muscle health, collagen has been shown to improve body composition and increase muscle mass, especially when combined with resistance training. Orally administered collagen supplementation may also aid in the process of weight loss,given that protein increases satiety and is therefore highly recommended in high protein, low carb diets, like Keto, Paleo, and Whole30.