Sure, it may SOUND like some kind of hoax, but did you know there are MAJOR BEAUTY BENEFITS from regularly ingesting COLLAGEN?!
Clinical studies have shown that regular consumption of high-quality collagen can actually thicken your skin, meaning you may be able to give yourself stronger, more youthful skin just by drinking or eating products containing it daily. And don’t even get us started on what this stuff will do for your hair!
What Are the Benefits of a Collagen Powder Drink?
Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, is part of the connective tissue for bones, muscles, blood cells, cartilage, arteries and organs. As you age, the production of collagen decreases, leading to a slew of potential side effects. Drinking beverages containing collagen powder, made from animal or fish materials, may be beneficial by helping offset some of that collagen loss.
Collagen is sometimes referred to as the skin’s glue, as it helps give skin strength, plumpness, smoothness and elasticity. Over 27 types of collagen have been identified, and the natural loss of collagen type l that occurs with aging and sun exposure is largely responsible for skin aging and wrinkles. Taking a collagen supplement may help enhance collagen production and strengthen the skin’s dermis (the second layer of skin where the collagen is found). A collagen powder drink may also help the skin retain moisture and appear more plump. Although anecdotal evidence supports these claims, studies have shown conflicting results and some researchers state that the digestive enzymes in the stomach break down the collagen and prevent it from reaching the skin.
[Additional Benefits and Considerations]
Preliminary research suggests that collagen supplements may help thicken hair, improve nail disorders, help boost the immune system, balance blood sugar, regulate sleep, assist with wound healing and reduce inflammation, however, more clinical evidence is required to support these claims. Of all the types of collagen that have been identified, type l and type ll have the most research backing their benefits, so look for a collagen drink that contains these types. Vitamin C works in synergy with collagen, so you may also want a drink that has vitamin C added, or take it with vitamin C rich foods. Although collagen powder supplements are generally considered safe, they can cause gastrointestinal upset. Consult with your health care provider before drinking them.
Try out THIS Delicious Smoothie as a part of your BEAUTY Routine!
Coconut Berry Green Collagen Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 banana
- ½ cup frozen berries
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon collagen
- 1 cup spinach
- ice cubes (optional to taste)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Add ice cubes if smoothie is not cold or thick enough.
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