Yes they promote skin elasticity! Collagen supplements, powders and liquids are popping up all over the place! I personally have not tired any even though I believe that when you practice “inside – out” health habits, they do tend to be the most effective in the results you are seeking when it comes to health and healthy skin.
I was excited to do this blog post because I have become so confused about what kind of collagen supplement really works when it comes to skin health? So, in regards to skin health, collagen supplements are all about promoting skin elasticity. In addition, they promote digestive health, boost immune function, support bone & joint health, weight management and strengthen hair & nails.
So how do you choose collage for your skin? Collagen is an animal product, so when purchasing you need to seek a reputable source to buy from. This is super important.
- Look for collagen that comes from non-GMO, grass-fed, hormone free, pasture raised animals or wild-caught fish and cruelty free sources.
- Look for Hydrolyzed Collagen. Collagens are hard to absorb in the system so when they are hydrolyzed it means the are partially broken down and much easier to absorb in your system.
- Your choice of Collagen should not have any fillers or additives. Cheap brands tend to add a lot of artificial fillers, so read your labels!!!
- Never buy supplements that don’t have or offer certificate of analysis (COA) information. A COA verifies the product for safety and potency.
- Make sure the collage contains these five types of collagen. Collagen I, II, III, V and X (Bovine, Hydrolyzed Chicken, Pure Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, Eggshell Membrane and Avian Sternum Collagen). My research found that there is NO vegan collagen.
Finally, what type of collagen is most effective? Capsule, Powder, Injections or Liquid?
It may come down to your lifestyle but I found that capsule and liquid are more effective than powder. The reason why liquid is more effective than powder is because liquid collagens are hydrolyzed, the large proteins are broken down in liquid form making it easier to absorb into our systems. In addition most liquid collagen is purely marine (fish collagen), in comparison to powders or capsules that are generally derived from a combination of animal tissues. You may be able to find hydrolyzed, marine capsule form collagen, you just need to do your research and see what suites your lifestyle.
Before I leave you please note that when you have too much collagen, your skin can stretch, become thicker and harden, so when choosing what type of collagen to take, you need to also research how much to take.
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