Taking A Look At Adding Collagen To Your Coffee

October 9, 2019

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Collagen products are popping up everywhere. While collagen is probably most well-known for its touted skin care benefits and as a major component of lip enhancers and injections, some celebrities, like Kourtney Kardashian, are suggesting that people drink it. In fact, adding collagen to coffee is trending. But is drinking collagen healthy and does it boost your skin's glow and strength to your hair? While collagen is the body's most abundant protein, we begin to lose it in our 20s, which causes our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner.  While it seems to make sense that adding collagen back to our own dwindling supply, collagen is quirky. The collagen molecule itself is too large to penetrate the surface of the skin when applied in a cream or lotion. It just sits there until it’s washed off. Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but most likely your skin improvement is due to additional ingredients in your topical cream or simply additional proline, an amino acid found in collagen. Even quirkier is that collagen falls apart at temperatures above body temperature, turning it into plain gelatin (yes, Jell-O). So if you add it to hot coffee, the molecular structure melts diminishing or even negating the desired health benefits. Knowing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not evaluate collagen supplements, or any dietary supplement, you'll have to go past the hype and do some research on products that will get you some results. The best way to get a collagen boost is from your diet. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, citrus, eggs, berries, tomatoes, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, avocados, and garlic which can provide your body with nutrients to support collagen growth. If you are a fan of collagen supplants, make sure they have been tested by a credible group like the USP or UL. Select a brand that provides your collagen of interest. If you’re looking for joint health, collagen type II is your best bet. If you’re looking for a skin or hair boost, collagen type I would likely work best. And finally, make it part of your daily routine. The benefits wear off if you stop taking it.

SOURCE: Quartzy

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