Collagen, the buzzword at the moment and especially one you come to know well when you hit your 30’s! Yea! It’s valuable stuff and unfortunately as we get older our bodies slowly stop producing this protein that helps give our skin its elasticity and strength.
So what’s the deal with supplementation? Is it worth taking a collagen supplement? Are these supplements of any benefit? Or is this just a money making racket designed to prey on our deepest fear?… Aging!
Here’s what I have found out:
After a full day of google research and deciphering the difference between Type 1, 2 and 3, hydrolyzed and undenatured. And learning that this one helps with joints and that one skin and so on and so on. I came out of the research rabbit hole only to find that while studies have produced some favorable results, the evidence that results are due to the collagen supplementation is inconclusive.
So I decided to grab a bottle of Collage to try it for myself.
I bought the Pro-Active collagen and used it every day, taking it in the evenings before bedtime as per dosage instructions and honestly after 1 bottle I can’t say I saw any changes in my skin, well none that I noticed. Also, the product has a super high sugar content. Not ideal.
Now I do understand that perhaps a longer trial period may be needed, but honestly, I’m not sure I’m up to spending another grand, or a grand a month on a supplement based on inconclusive research. I’d much rather spend my hard earned moola on products and treatments with solid research and proven benefits.
For now, for Collagen, I’ll stick to the bone broth.
The above is my opinion based on my own experience and a full day of reading various articles and studies.
FYI: This post is based on benefits for the skin. Research and studies were a lot more favorable with regards to joint health.