Collagen, where art thou? ( an increasingly relevant question ever since the 40s showed up). The pillar on which the skin stands elastic, hair rests strong and nails don’t chip. That building block protein for all things beautiful. And plump and lush.
/Decoding the Science
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, is responsible for providing the structure to our skin and keeps our joints moving a-smoothly. As we age, its production decreases, leading to a loss of skin structure as seen in fine lines and wrinkles.
/Studies on Effectiveness of Collagen Supplements
- 2008 Study in Tokyo Shows Hydrolyzed Collagen Improves Skin Hydration (source : supplementpolice.com) : In a 2008 study performed in Tokyo, 33 women between the ages of 40 and 60 were instructed to take 10 grams of hydrolyzed collagen daily for 2 months. By the end of the study, these women had exhibited a 91% increase in skin hydration and resilience.
- 2008 Study in France Shows an Increase in Skin Smoothness and Hydration (source : supplementpolice.com) : A study in Lyon, France exhibited similar results to the Tokyo study. In this study, participants between ages 35 and 55 took 10 grams of hydrolyzed collagen daily for 12 weeks. Their results were measured using Corneometer and Skin Image Analyzer technologies. Participants who took hydrolyzed collagen experienced 41% less furrowing and fewer wrinkles. Their skin was also observed to be more hydrated and more resilient.
Of course, we are all for ageing gracefully and body positivity, but a little help in keeping this Guardian of Galaxy – Beautiful from scooting off to never return is always welcome. Isn’t it?
So, here’s what’s trending in the natural beauty world.
And we are on trend.
2 scoops a day first thing in the morning ,to be precise.
/Decoding the mumbo-jumbo
Collagen is sourced from animals – marine, bovine and porcine. Marine Collagen is touted to be the most effective source.
‘Hydrolyzed’ Collagen is a specific type of collagen that is pre-engineered to be easier to absorb. Instead of forcing your body to break down amino acids and then re-assemble those amino acids into collagen, hydrolyzed collagen skips that step.
Hyaluronic Acid is a form of sugar molecule naturally produced in our body that maintains the skin’s ability to retain water. Hyaluronic acid makes our skin look plump and hydrated, but hyaluronic acid levels in our body decrease as we age.
Vitamin C plays an essential role in the synthesis of collagen. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance.
2 spoons dissolved in 100 ml water , taken daily on an empty stomach. This particular brand has a mild orange flavor which worked well. However, we just may go in for capsules next time for easier ingestion.
To begin with, it was tough chugging down half-a glass of Collagen first thing in the morning in lieu of the morning cuppa masala tea. But, vanity, sigh. A week on, its not a big deal anymore. In fact, we are looking at a good dose of protein before hitting the workout. And yep, keeps you a little full too.
Its a wait and watch. 2 months of daily intake for results to start showing, but going by the global popularity of collagen supplements and promising research outcomes, things look very optimistic! It is definitely making the skin look softer and plumper.
Do watch this space for the detailed outcomes.
Variety of brands available online at Amazon, e-bay and health e-tailers.
To supplement the supplements , ensure a collagen rich diet with eggs, fish, spinach, kale and berries. Go, gorgeousness!
Have you taken Collagen supplements? Do drop in your feedback in the comments below and Stay Naturally Lush!