Collagen: so trendy and soooo L.A. But what is it and does it actually work?
If you’re interested in health and beauty, then chances are you’ve heard of collagen before. You may not know exactly what it is, or what it does, but if it claims to make you look and feel younger, then you’re all for it… Right?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried everything that claims to reverse or prevent aging. Investing hundreds of dollars in anti-aging creams, facial massagers, red-light therapy masks, and maybe even spent your Friday night locked in the kitchen conjuring up collagen elixirs (chicken feet, anyone?) that promise eternal youth.
So, What exactly is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein. The most abundant protein found in our body, to be exact. Sounds important… Right?
The word collagen comes from the Greek word κόλλα (kolla) which means glue. Collagen is what holds us together!
It is found in the skin, bones, ligaments, and connective tissue of all living and breathing creatures (yeah, that includes us). There are different types of collagen, but I am not going to bore you with the ‘scienc-ey’ stuff (if you want to read more about it you can find it here).
So what does it do and why are we so obsessed with it?
- helps our cells repair and renew at a healthy pace
- aids in digestion
- supports joint health
- keeps our skin, hair and nails elastic, strong and healthy
Collagen is what keeps our bones and joints strong, our skin supple and elastic, our hair healthy and shiny, and our nails nice and strong (bye-bye acrylic nails!).
It’s pretty much what the fountain of youth would be made of if we ever found it.
As we get older, collagen production begins to decrease and we begin to experience the wonderful signs of aging. Cue in wrinkles, loose and dull skin, weak/ brittle hair and nails, joint paint, stiffness, the list goes on…
So, What’s a girl to do?
Get more collagen of course! Adding collagen back into our bodies will help us stay young forever (fingers crossed).
Okay, so maybe not forever…. but a girl can dream.
So really, what do we do? It’s time to stock up on some good quality collagen supplements. Now, as much as I love brewing up home made batches of bone broth (not), I’d much rather go the simple and less messy route with powdered collagen.
It’s quick, easy, and efficient.
There are tons of supplements out there but make sure to do your research and find one that works well for you! Stay far far away from fillers or yucky stuff and look for collagen that is:
- Made up mostly of Type 1 Collagen
- No artificial sweeteners, or preservatives
I was recently contacted by a company called DeepMarine Collagen regarding sampling their collagen powder.
(Quick fact about me: I decided to become pescatarian about a year ago. I gave up on collagen because I thought you could only get collagen from cows and chicken and pork).
I was about to kindly deny their offer when I re-read their name …Deep MARINE.
Hold on.. Is this what I think it is?! Fish?
A pescatarian friendly collagen supplement? Woah! Is this a thing?! I have clearly NOT been doing my research.
They were kind enough to send me a generous sample that I have been taking religiously for TWO months now.
Why I’m loving DeepMarine Collagen:
- The smaller the molecule the easier it is for your body to absorb. At 1,000 Daltons, DeepMarines ultra-small molecule size makes it much easier to absorb than many other collagen supplements.
- It’s made from 100% fish scale with no chemicals, preservatives or additives. I love that!
Here are the deets on how to take this supplement:
Do not talk to me until I’ve had my morning cup of coffee. No seriously, If I don’t have coffee in the morning my entire day is out of whack. Since coffee is a daily routine for me, I choose to add the powder directly into my coffee. This way I will never forget to take it.
Fish and Coffee? GROSSS.
I’ll be honest with you, even if the collagen powder claims to be ‘tasteless’ I can still taste it. Maybe it’s psychological but I feel like I can taste the beef, chicken, or fish.
Luckily, the strong taste of coffee makes the collagen tasteless. I add one scoop of DeepMarine collagen into my brewed coffee followed by almond or coconut milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Voila!
I call it my Wrinkle Banishing Brew.
If you’re not a coffee addict like myself, you can also add it to your smoothes, oatmeal, soups, juices, or just gulp it down with plain water (not my cup of tea, but to each their own).
Please be advised that skin creams or hair products that claim to have collagen DO NOT WORK. Why? Because collagen molecules are way too big to enter the skin topically. You need to actually ingest the collagen.
So if you’re forking out money on skin care products with collagen, do your self a favor and stop wasting your $$! Instead, invest in treatments that build your collagen naturally like skin needling.
Great..anything else i should know?
We know that a decrease in collagen production is a natural part of aging; however, you can also damage your collagen production even further by partaking in tanning, smoking, and eating cookies (what?!).
- Avoid excess sun exposure and NEVER leave the house without SPF protection. Sun damage has shown to greatly reduces collagen production. Sun exposure = wrinkles.
- Don’t smoke (duh).
- Say no to sugar. We all know that sugar is pretty much useless and terrible for you, but did you know that collagen is unable to repair itself when sugar is present? One more reason to put down that ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie.
TWO MONTHS AND MY TWO CENTS
Two months of taking collagen on a daily basis and I’m excited to report that my skin is definitely more plump and youthful and my wrinkles (mainly my smile lines) are much less noticeable. I can’t claim that it’s ALL from collagen but I do think that taking collagen daily in addition to a good skin care routine has improved my skin drastically!
I also decided to dye my hair blonde like an idiot last year and have been fighting breakage ever since. I have noticed my hair growing faster and it seems to be breaking much less than it did before I started taking collagen. Yippee!
We take vitamins because we know they are good for us. Often times you don’t really notice a difference but you know that they are doing something positive for our bodies. This is how I view taking collagen supplements. Im going to continue taking the supplement because I know that it is helping my body in one way or another. And if I end up with less wrinkles and stronger and healthier skin and hair? Then Hell YEAH!
(Most health care professionals will say that you need to take collagen for 5+ months to really see the benefits. I’m excited to report back to you at the 6 month mark with an update)
How do you take collagen ? Have you seen any positive effects from daily doses of collagen?! Let me know!