Capital Lifestyle test: Does collagen work?

Credit: Gabi Trinkaus (artschoolvets)

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of taking collagen supplements, the buzz around this protein, which is naturally produced in all of us, it’s just picking up momentum in mainstream media.

Collagen is vital in our bodies’ makeup and ultimately serves as the building blocks to everything from our nails, skin, bones, tendons and cartilage.  Overtime, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen and even lose some of the protein, resulting in skin that heals slower, wrinkles, sensitivity to sun exposure and stiffness in joints, just to name a few.

So what’s the buzz?  Many collagen supplements, in pill or powder or drink forms, are promising to halt the loss of collagen in our bodies, and even in some cases, reverse the effects.


3 Month Capital Lifestyle Test

I suffer from joint stiffness and loss of cartilage from my more athletic years and recently, I’ve noticed my skin has been healing slower, nails have become weaker, pores have enlarged, and with the sudden flare-up of Eczema (never had it before in my life), I have been prompted to look at different preventive measures.  Enter collagen.

So, I’ve decided to take the ultimate test – take collagen supplements in tea twice a day for the next 3 months.  I’ve chosen a powder form that I can easily add to my drinks.  You should pick a collagen supplement that will be suitable for your lifestyle.  The easier to blend into your daily lives, the less likely you will miss doses.  Taking collagen isn’t something that happens over night and you’ll see improvements immediately; replenishing a naturally produced protein will take time.  Most supplements suggest 2-3 months depending on the brand.

It’s only been a week, and I’ve already received compliments about how I look brighter and seem to have a bit of a glow.  If my fine lines and wrinkles improve, that’s icing on the cake! I’ll keep you updated on the progress.


Potential side effects

According to MedlinePlus, some collagen supplements that come from marine sources may contain high amounts of calcium.  Taking additional calcium supplements with collagen should be done with caution, and seeking the advice from your medical practitioner would be advisable.

Other side effects include a slight after taste from some collagen supplements and possible hypersensitivity reactions – e.g. if you’re allergic to shell fish and you take a collagen supplement made from marine sources.


Natural foods that can stimulate collagen production

If you’re weary about taking supplements, consuming the following foods will help stimulate natural production of collagen in our bodies.

Sardines, red meat, nuts and soybeans:  These items contain lysine, found in foods rich in protein, which helps to form collagen.

Fruits and vegetables:  Foods high in vitamin C are essential in creating collagen and improving the immune system.



Image: Gabi Trinkaus (artschoolvets)


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