Lately, I have found that the demand for collagen is getting higher nowadays. We are starting to take note of how much we can do to preserve our appearance. There are so many collagen supplements available out there in the market, the price range varies. It makes it hard to decide which type of collagen is the best. I will do a simple breakdown of collagen to give you some ideas on collagen and which type to choose.
Collagen is found in almost every part of our body in our skin, joints, bones and muscles. When we age, collagen production decrease by 1.5% per year. That is why we get stiff joints, fine lines and wrinkles and loss in bone density. Taking a collagen supplement will slow down the ageing signs that show on our faces, or in our joints and bones and muscles, etc. External factors such as pollutions and UV rays, environmental stressors can also cause a decline in collagen production in the body.
There are so many types of collagen available, and all claimed that they have the benefits to promote youthfulness, increase skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin hydration. It also benefits our nails and hair. Some collagen supplements also claimed to ease your stiff joints and may reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis. Marine collagen means the collagen sourced from fish. Otherwise, it’s sourced from bovine, mainly sourced from cattle. Most marine collagen is rich the collagen type I and type II, which will benefit our skin, hair, nails and cartilage. Whereas bovine collagen will contain collagen type I and type III, which will assist our skin, nails and hair, joints and bones.
Collagen peptides or hydrolysed collagen is taking over collagen supplements at the moment. People don’t know about the differences between collagen and collagen peptides. Yes, a big difference, collagen peptides are broken down collagen particles into smaller sizes so they can easily absorb. Whereas, if you were to take collagen as it is, it needs to get processed through our body before reaching into our bloodstream. Therefore collagen peptides/ hydrolysed collagen will be better for us to take to support our skin, nails, hair, joints and bones health. Both types of collagen are recommended if you want them to preserve your youthful appearance along with healthy joints and bones. According to research, an average adult needs to take about 5g of collagen peptide/ hydrolysed collagen daily to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin elasticity and skin hydration.
In conclusion, I would suggest that adults from the age of 23 should start taking collagen supplement for our youthful appearance and also to help with reducing the chance of getting osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.