The Truth About Collagen
Are you falling for the collagen myth?
Collagen has seemed to be the buzz word for the last five years, and since then collagen has found its way into numerous products from gummies, to chocolate, to protein powder, to fizzy beverages, to capsules. Collagen has become the hottest ticket in town, and collagen products are flying off the shelf.
But… What are these collagen products actually doing?
Let’s start by talking about what collagen really is and where it comes from.
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies and makes up 80 percent of our skin, in conjunction with another protein known as Elastin – yes, the protein that dictates our skin’s elasticity.
When we hear the word collagen we associate it with our own collagen production, but does one really affect the other?
As we age we start to lose collagen, our collagen production begins to slow, which results in fat loss, weakened elasticity, skin laxity, and drier skin. Starting in our twenties, we begin to lose about one percent of collagen each year. Overtime our bodies lose the ability to rebuild collagen as quickly as we lose it.
It is natural for us to want to seek support by way of products to combat that loss. We rush to the stores and find shelves lined with collagen products, but the problem is these products don’t actually have anything to do with your own collagen production.
That said, collagen supplements do have their benefits. In the short term they can help with skin’s hydration, as well as play a role in strengthening nail growth. Long term… The jury is out, and there have been no studies that show the relationship between ingesting collagen and the activation of collagen production.
“One of the biggest downsides of consuming collagen, said Dr. Robert Anolik, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine, is that just because you’re taking collagen that doesn’t mean it’s all going directly to your skin.”
– Gabriela Ulloa – NY Times
Another downside of collagen products is that collagen itself can only be derived from animals and fish. So, any product that claims to have vegan or plant-based collagen is either lying or doesn’t actually contain natural collagen.
So, what can you do to improve your collagen production?
There are a lot of products out there, and some that can provide effective, long-lasting benefits, but you have to do your research.
Look for products that contain ingredients that are precursors to collagen such as Gotu Kola, Horsetail Extract, Amla Fruit, Astaxanthin, and Citrus Bioflavonoids found in STUNN AM+PM. These types of ingredients have been shown to stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production, and help with hydrating and strengthening your skin while combat aging cells. The best part is, you can experience real results without harming any animals.
In conclusion, keep taking your collagen supplements if you like the taste, but for real, long-lasting affects on your own collagen production and elasticity, opt for vitamins containing effective, science-backed ingredients that activate your skin’s natural collagen production.