4 Common Myths About Collagen
Myths, rumours and questions are flying around like swarming bees at the moment, but what does science ACTUALLY say about Collagen?
If you’re reading this perhaps you’ve used collagen before (maybe ours!), or perhaps you’ve been quietly observing the global rise and rise of collagen and wondering whether it’s all hype or if there’s any real substance to it.
There’s no denying that there are a lot of questions, myths and rumours flying around about collagen at the moment and we’re just stopping by to bust some of them open for you...
Myth 1: there is no research that collagen actually works for skin, it's just hype and marketing.
Truth: there is a growing body of human studies (not animal or test tube) that demonstrate really promising results around collagen's support of skin, and the scientific community is largely recognising hydrolysed collagen as a legitimate skin support supplement.
For example, in this double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 120 participants were given either bovine collagen or a placebo on a daily basis for 90 days. The lucky participants who got the collagen had an overall “significant increase” in skin elasticity when compared to placebo.
Myth 2: 10 grams of collagen is the only serving size that works.
Truth:Our Collagen Beauty Milk does contain a nice high-strength dosage of 10g collagen per serve, however if you’re not taking the full serve per day never fear! You will still be reaping the benefits of collagen.
Studies at 2.5g per serve and 5g per serve have also shown good results.
Take this randomised, placebo-controlled, blind study for example. 72 healthy women aged 35 years or older were given either a supplement containing 2.5g collagen, or a placebo for twelve weeks. Changes in skin hydration, elasticity, roughness and skin density were measured and the collagen group showed “significant improvements” across all of these.
The study showed another cool fact too: the collagen group was followed for an additional four weeks after they stopped taking the collagen to see whether the changes lasted. Guess what? They did!
Myth 3: type 1 collagen is the best.
Truth: To date, nearly 28 different types of collagen have been identified, each with its own unique properties and benefits. It’s true that collagen type I is the most common form found in the body, and is present in our skin, bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments and organs.
However other forms of collagen all play a role. For example, type II collagen is present in the cartilages, and type III is found in the skin, muscles, and blood vessels.
In our Collagen Beauty Milk we use a combination of type I and type III to approach skin support with each of these two key forms that contribute slightly different amino acid profiles, structures and benefits.
Myth 4: collagen doesn’t get absorbed by the body or make it to the skin, and just goes through our digestive system like food does.
Truth: It’s true that in its natural state the collagen protein molecule is very large (300,000 daltons to be precise) and is therefore unable to be absorbed through the walls of the intestine.
However, technology now exists to break this large protein down into smaller, highly absorbable amino-acid chains called peptides, or hydrolysed collagen.
Once the small intestine has absorbed the amino acids and collagen peptides, they are then transferred into the bloodstream before being distributed throughout the body and a network of blood vessels that delivers them into the dermis (our skin).
Collagen peptides being present in the dermis encourages factory cells in our skin called fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin. And this is how collagen is able to support the skin.
That’s why our Collagen Beauty Milk is made using high quality collagen peptides, and it's thanks to these that your skin gets wonderfully supported to increased collagen production for better skin healing, hydration and health.