Collagen supplements: myth or science?
Is it possible to help your skin produce more collagen? How to do it with the right supplements? What is bioavailability? Here are all our answers to frequently asked questions.
Most of us know that the skin is a very large organ with a complex structure. What not everyone knows, however, is how this structure is composed. What the skin is made of.
If we were to break it down into its main elements, there would be one component at the top of the list: 90% of our skin is made up of collagen.
If our skin has a solid structure, if it has its own shape and if it manages to return to its original position after our movements, our laughter and our crying, we owe it to collagen. It is an elastic and resistant protein, which is found in the dermis, the deepest layer of the skin. It is a real scaffolding and, if observed under the microscope, it will appear just like a fiber, which constitutes a strong and at the same time flexible structure.
Our body is capable of naturally producing collagen, but as we age, collagen production slows down and decreases. This causes the appearance of our skin to change over the years: the tissues tend to lose their natural elasticity, appear less luminous and empty. Much of this is due to reduced synthesis of collagen fibers. But is there anything we can do to intervene? Can we effectively supplement collagen from the outside, through nutrition and supplements?
The good news is that we have plenty of alternatives on the market today to supplement collagen, through nutraceuticals and supplemental nutrition. The not-so-good news is that it's not enough to rely on just any supplement: not all supplements are the same and not all types of collagen have a real effect on the skin. Let's take a closer look at how taking collagen via supplements works.
Taking collagen orally means introducing external collagen into the body, as opposed to the collagen the body produces itself. In order to use it, the body must first break it down and process it. Generally, to facilitate the task, the collagen we find in supplements is already broken down into peptides of amino acids, just to facilitate its bioavailability. This is the key word for choosing our supplements: bioavailability means that the collagen we take is ready to be "used" by our body, without having to be further processed and broken down, to facilitate its use to the maximum.
At this point it would all seem extremely simple: we might just go to the pharmacy and buy the first collagen supplement we find on the shelves.
But there is one more step to take into account. By choosing any supplement, nothing can assure us that the collagen we take will be placed where we hope it will be, in the skin. Collagen is in fact the main component of many other organs and tissues, so if not skin-specific, it could be used by our body for metabolic processes related to our teeth or our joints.
It is necessary to choose a specific collagen for the skin, and above all that it is of the right dosage to ensure an effective result on our body. But what is the correct dosage to obtain visible results?
- 1 g of collagen taken daily helps improve skin hydration;
- 2,5 g of collagen taken every day gives visible results on skin elasticity and reduction of wrinkles and expression lines.
Let’s look at a practical example: Genesis, our nutraceutical with collagen, has been carefully formulated precisely to meet all the needs listed above. Each daily dose contains 2.5 g of a highly bioavailable form of collagen, VERISOL®, which ensures visible effects on the skin in just a few days. In fact, thanks to its special bioactive peptides, VERISOL® is able to act selectively on the cellular metabolism of the dermis, acting on the skin tissues and stimulating the cells to produce more collagen. The positive effects of this process are visible in the improvement of skin hydration, tone and texture. It also helps to alleviate the symptoms of cellulite and grow stronger, healthier nails.
The choice of Aeqium to use a sachet packaging is due precisely to this: to ensure a correct daily intake of collagen, antioxidants and vitamins, to meet our body’s daily needs effectively.
In summary, when choosing a supplement, it is essential to turn to a brand that is research-intensive and has proven effectiveness, if you want to achieve real results that last over the long haul.
Relying on supplements is a choice. Researching quality supplements that are formulated with science and competence is a better choice.