Collagen: 5 Myths Debunked
Myth #1: My body naturally produces collagen so i don't need to supplement with it.
The DL: Collagen is a protein found in our bodies that creates structure for not only our skin (what we all care about!), but also our joints, bones, and nails. Although our bodies naturally produce collagen, the process starts to slow down in our early twenties. For reference, by the time you are 50, our natural collagen stores are half of what they were in our teens and early twenties. Research suggests that supplementing with a daily serving of collagen (5-10g) helps replenish some of that collagen loss by triggering production. Clinical studies have shown that prolonged supplementation of collagen increases hydration and elasticity of our skin and helps smooth fine lines!
Myth #2: I will notice a difference right away!
The DL: We wish! Like all great things in life, smooth skin, thick hair, and stronger nails takes time to build, especially with ingestible beauty. When you supplement with collagen, you may not experience the same visual satisfaction of plump and hydrated skin like when you use your favorite moisturizer. However, we like to think of it more as a marathon rather than a sprint. Most research suggests you should start to see results in 4-6 weeks, with maximum benefits kicking in around 3 months. Thats why we recommend drinking 1 can of gldn hour a day (see #gldnlife routine!).
Myth #3: Collagen supplements are only great for skin.
The DL: Like we mentioned above (and in our Collagen Beginner's Guide), collagen is an essential protein in our bodies that promote structure. If you are supplementing with collagen, you may even start to notice joint pains disappearing, improved gut health, and stronger hair/nails.
Myth #4: Collagen is all the same.
The DL: Make sure you are supplementing with the type of collagen for your goals because not all collagen is created equal. Most ingestible collagen is categorized as type I, type II and type III and is sourced mainly from bovine (cows), porcine (pig) and marine (fish). Bovine and porcine have been shown to be effective, however a 2015 study found that marine collagen enters the blood stream faster and up to 1.5x more efficiently (and why we chose marine collagen in gldn hour!).
Myth #5: I have a 🔥 skin care routine so I don't need collagen.
The DL: Here is a quick refresher on what your skin is made up of - the epidermis (outermost layer), the dermis and the deeper hypodermis. We are all for using external skin care products, but the majority of us are only targeting the outermost layer and most of what we use is not absorbed into the dermis/hypodermis. Supplementing with collagen helps you build beauty from both sides, as hydrolyzed collagen travels through the blood stream to the dermis, which is where the body manufactures collagen.
The REAL DL: Don't forget that beauty starts from within!