What Does The Science Say Behind Collagen Supplements?
The Collagen Secret:
By now, we know that collagen can not be replaced in the skin through collagen creams. But, for many years, Japanese women have experienced the youth-promoting effects of collagen supplements. We ask: What are the benefits and side effects?
Collagen and Skin Health: Type I Collagen
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for sensation of temperature, pressure, and multiple other important functions. Collagen makes up the majority amount of the skin structure. As the skin undergoes natural chronological aging, and is attacked through photoaging, the natural skin structure begins to deteriorate. Fortunately, lost body collagen stores can be effectively replaced through the right supplements.
Collagen and Joint Health: Type II Collagen
Type II collagen applies to joint cartilage and has been very effective with rebuilding joints.
Here we will review the benefits and side effects of these supplements.
Side Effects Of Collagen
Most common side effect of collagen: Lingering taste in the mouth. A small percentage of users report that they get a slight lingering taste in their mouth. It usually subsides within 30-60 minutes.
Side Effect 2: Possible allergic reaction for individuals allergic to collagen sources (bovine, porcine, fish, shellfish, chicken).
Side Effect 3: Decreased appetite. Depending on your particular situation, this could be a side effect or a benefit.
How common are the side effects of collagen supplements?
These side effects are reported by approximately .1% of collagen supplement users. Other than in the case of allergies, the drawbacks, or side effects, of eating collagen appear to be negligible.
While the side effects are limited, the benefits of collagensupplements are vast. A list of common benefits are listed here:
Most common benefit: Type1 collagen
Improved skin texture and firmness. Also an average 13% reduction in wrinkles (Type 1 collagen).
Most commong benefit: Type II collagen
Improved tendon and joint flexibility and strength.
Secondary benefits of collagen supplements:
- Decreased appetite
- Lighter/brighter skin appearance and reduction in “age spots”
- Increased bone strength
- Improved skin moisture and hydration
- Smoother joint and ligament mobility/flexibility