Collagen is the key building block for skin and is the most ample protein in the body.
New York City dermatologist, Anne Chapas said; “it is responsible for maintaining the youthful appearance of the skin”. It is also vital for repairing damaged and wounded by restoring its skin its youthful suppleness.
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According to the Protein Data Bank, collagen consists of three amino acids not nine, so pure collagen powder lacks the same muscle-building, recovery-boosting abilities as your standard protein powder
What are the benefits of collagen powders?
It’s believed that when the collagen powder is consumed orally, it breaks down into essential protein and then absorbed by the body, says Rachel Nazarian, M.D. of Schweiger Dermatology Groupl.
When your body digests collagen, it gets broken down and doesn’t reach the skin as actual collagen. Nazarian stresses that more studies need to be done on the benefits of drinkable collagen.
For those with dry skin, ingestible collagen may be beneficial to the skin hydration of people over 30, to reduce the slow formation of deep wrinkles. according to one study.
However, the small study needs to be repeated in larger groups, with more controls and over a longer period of time to get a more convincing result.
What about collagen shots?
Collagen “shots”, not injectables, but like juice shots, which generally contain collagen along with skin-boosting nutrients like copper peptides and vitamin C, reduces the appearance of aging by enhancing the tone, texture and firmness of the skin. Collagen shots may never actually get to the skin, since they are absorbed in the stomach.
Is collagen supplement okay?
Taking collagen supplement is a costly habit to maintain for zero proven benefits. According to New York City dermatologist Lance Brown, M.D “People think that if you eat or drink something, it goes right to the skin, but it doesn’t work that way.”
There’s yet no study to prove that oral collagen supplements directly lead to an enhancement in the collagen in your skin, he says.
How to boost the collagen of your skin
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that have been shown to increase the collagen production in the skin,” says Nazarian. Differin Gel contains a 0.1% retinoid in-office prescriptions will have 0.3%. That can be an extra for some people who find regular strength retinoids to be too drying, says Brown. The antioxidant vitamin C helps support collagen production in the skin, says Brown.
Also, you can boost the collagen production of your skin by eating a balanced diet with lots of protein, like beans, lean meats, salmon, quinoa, eggs, lentils, nuts, and seeds.
Nutrients from these foods are converted by the body into essential amino acids that are required to keep your skin and bones healthy.
“These nutrients are then transported to the bloodstream which will eventually supply the deepest part of your skin (dermis) with naturally produced collagen,” says New York City dermatologist, Craig Austin.
Source: women’shealthmag.com, mbssurfbali.com