Are collagen supplements beneficial?
Collagen in its whole form is too large to be absorbed by your body and must be broken down through digestion into smaller parts before it can enter the bloodstream. These smaller peptides are then easily absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. So, yes, it is beneficial to take collagen supplements. These can come as powder, pills, natural foods or even drinks. However, Type II collagen is used to improve joints and bones, so it might not be absorbed as well if taken with other collagen supplements, like Types I and III. For overall anti-aging improvement, Type I and Type III collagen supplements are better than a “total collagen” package.
If so, how should you choose a health supplement product?
The choice of which collagen supplement to take depends on what body system you’re trying to improve. According to Dr. Liotta, “The dosing of collagen for supplements for joints is 10 grams per day, which takes at least 24 weeks to see progress, whereas a skin supplement of 5 grams per day might take 8 weeks to see improvement.” She added, “Heart health improvements can be seen with 5 grams per day for 6 months, and muscle gains may require 15 grams per day for 12 weeks.”
Are there any dangers to using collagen supplements?
There can be some side effects when using collagen supplements, which can include diarrhea or worsening existing kidney stones. It’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before starting any type of collagen supplementation.