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ingestible collagen

Courtesy of David Burton

A trend or fad (whatever you want to call it) that has circled around again is ingesting collagen to improve the skin, diminish lines and wrinkles.  A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reports that women who incorporated a collagen peptide drink into their daily routine improved the appearance in their skin in 8 weeks, significantly improving collagen density.

Collagen begins to decline at the rate of 1% per year in our mid-twenties and goes downhill in our 40s and 50s.  Women experience the most loss of collagen during the first few years of menopause, as much as 30%.

A study published in Skin Pharmacology & Physiology in 2013 reported 100 women took 2.5 grams of a hydrolyzed collagen peptide once daily for 8 weeks exhibited a 20% reduction in wrinkles around the eyes (Yum!!).  This peptide sends a signal to the fibroblast (connective tissue) telling it to produce more collagen.

There are products on the market that are less effective or ineffective so make sure you do your homework before making a purchase.  Choose a product that has research or studies behind it to support its effectiveness.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Long, A. (2016). Elle, “Everything you need to know about drinkable collagen”. Retrieved January 13, 2016, from: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/news/a33078/can-oral-collagen-really-give-me-better-skin

Utroske, D. (2016). Cosmetic Design, “North America is the fastest growing beauty drink market globally, says research report”. Retrieved January 21, 2016, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/North-America-is-the-fastest-growing-beauty-drink-market-globally-says-research-report/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=21-Jan-2016&c=9sHOSUTBWSis8NWp1SItCHyqgMw0KkdV&p2=

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