I have been adding collagen supplement to my daily routine for the past 6-7 years and I really believe in its benefits. I normally take it for a month or so and then give it a few months break and then start over. When I take it I immediately notice healthier and more youthful skin, my breakouts clear and my scars diminish. The added bonus for conditioning and keeping joints healthy is amazing as well but personally I don’t really see a noticeable difference but it is a nice bonus for the long run.
The past few years the supplement got its spotlight. And as everything trendy the new marketing strategies are limitless. You can find so many different formulas and brands . The manufacturers are trying to catch the consumer’s eye by adding flavors, different types of collagen, they come in different forms (powders, pills, capsules and now even liquid) they keep adding extra verbiage on the packaging that in stead of making it easier for the consumer, it is getting really frustrating and hard to pick the right kind.
Not to mention that a lot of brands sell really poor quality products since FDA doesn’t really regulate them. So with something that goes into my body I felt really concerned and kept researching and educating myself on the topic. And I made a list of the most important things you should look for when you pick your collagen.
Types of collagen that are most common are I ,II , III.
You should pick up one that has Types l and III – those are the most important types that we need for our skin and joint health.
Finding one that has type II is not necessary vital and the ones that have many more types are just to catch your eye. Don’t get fooled that the more types it has the more benefits and effectiveness it will have.
You should look for Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides
Naturally collagen doesn’t get absorbed from our body, that is where the controversial opinions for its effectiveness come from. We just take it and it goes through our body and gets flushed out! That is why the scientists came out with hydrolyzed collagen peptides which means that the amino acids in them are broken down so the body can digest and absorb them. There is not enough scientific evidence that this really helps , but from my own experience I do believe it makes some difference!
Another thing you should look for is a Diverse Amino Acid profile at least 10. This will add a bunch to its effectiveness and help your body absorb more of its benefits.
Magnesium and Vitamin C also add a lot for its absorption.
Make sure you are getting Bovine Collagen ( comes from beef) and highly recommended Grass Fed/ Pasture-Raised.
What to avoid: What to look for:
- Added colors
- Artificial flavors
- Non-hydrolyzed collagen
- Artificial additives
- Hydrolyzed Collagen
- Type I & Type III
- Grass Fed / Pasture-Raised
- Vitamin C
- At least 10 amino acids
Another thing to avoid is Marine Collagen. Even though it is getting its popularity there is no strict rule where it should be sourced from meaning you don’t know if it comes from fish or other seafood not rich in collagen.
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