Collagen serves as one of the main building blocks of our bones, skin, hair, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, but does consuming it orally works?
Every other influencer is endorsing a collagen supplement, claiming it to be the secret of their beauty. But, you should take their recommendations with a grain of salt. Here’s why.
What is collagen?
Collagen is basically a protein which is present everywhere in our body, but is abundant in the skin, hair, bones and tissues. It gives our skin its structure and keeps it youthful, firm and plump. But we can’t stay youthful forever, right? Our body naturally produces collagen, but as we age, this process slows down. Which is why babies have soft, flawless skin and as they grow up, their skin loses its elasticity and they develop fine lines and wrinkles. Besides ageing, the two main culprits of collagen degradation are sun exposure and excess consumption of fast food and sugar.
To delay this natural process of degradation, collagen supplements are being manufactured. They claim to help you get healthy hair, skin and nails but eating it doesn’t necessarily mean that it gets where it needs to go. Collagen is made up of amino acids, which then forms peptide chains. These peptide chains then wrap around each other and form different types of collagen. If you consume these supplements orally, your body will break it down into amino acids and transport them through blood streams to the areas that needs to get repaired and not your skin or hair, for example, an injury. And you can do that with a healthy diet too.
Rather than spending thousands of rupees on these supplement which don’t do anything for the skin, you should boost your collagen production by consuming lots of vitamin C, dark leafy greens, antioxidants, bell peppers, strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes.
So, the final verdict is collagen supplements are not worth your money.