Updated: Sep 8, 2019
Collagen - it's written about everywhere ... you need more collagen ... prevent collagen loss ... build collagen ... so I did some research and talked to some people and here is what I learned. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and a major component of connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, SKIN and muscles. Beginning at age 25 (yes 25!!!) collagen production begins to decrease and collagen production plummets again after menopause. More great news, there is no way to prevent collagen decreases in the body and decreases lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. So now what?
1. Collagen is always from an animal source. Bone broth and gelatin are collagen rich.
2. Since collagen is a protein, it cannot be digested whole. It has to be broken down by the stomach like all proteins ingested.
3. You can take collagen supplements which means that the collagen has already been broken down or "hydrolyzed" so that it can be easily absorbed by the body.
Long story short - you can't eat collagen to build collagen. You do need to eat protein so that your body can digest and produce collagen but it's not just a simple consume collagen produce collagen formula.
4. Collagen building treatments such as micro-needle facials can help your body kick-start collagen production (separate post with video on this coming September 10).
Known benefits of collagen supplements are: improved skin health; relieves joint pain; could prevent bone loss; could boost muscle mass and promotes heart health. This is all pretty new, so do your own research, especially if you have allergies or are being treated by a doctor.
As a starting point, I began with supplements. To complicate things further, I don't eat meat, so animal protein supplements are not an option for me. When I first became aware of this collagen loss situation, I did some research and started taking a supplement called Imedeen. I take the Prime Renewal formula (for women over 50). Imedeen is a BioMarine Complex (not animal based but not vegan). I have been taking Imedeen for over four years. I paused taking it for a month to see if I noticed a difference and I did notice that my skin was more dry and not as taut (neck sagging). I've been continuing research and found another non-animal collagen supplement called MyKind Organics Plant Based Collagen Builder (non-GMO and vegan). I've ordered it and will let you my results. Thinking I will continue to take Imedeen for the first month and then suspend Imedeen to see the difference between 1 and 2 supplements. I will keep you posted!