Collagen is a hot trending ingredient, but still widely misunderstood. Take a look at the some of the most common myths around the hottest ingredient, collagen.
Myth One - Collagen is only used to help support healthy skin
Fact: Collagen has many benefits beyond beauty. Collagen help provide elasticity in the skin, play structural roles, and contribute to mechanical properties, organization, and shape of tissues. Depending upon the type – some collagens help support joints and cartilage.
Myth Two - All collagen is the same
Fact: Different types of collagen are found in different tissues. There are 28 types of collagen, but the majority of the collagens in the body are Types I, II, and III. The type of collagen helps to dictate the benefit. Some collagens may help to support healthy skin while others help to support joint health.
Myth Three - Collagen can be used to replace other dietary proteins
Fact: Collagen is unique in that it contains more of the amino acids proline, hydroxyproline and glycine than most other sources of protein. Thanks to its unique amino acid profile, the benefits of collagen supplementation often differ from that of other protein sources, such as whey or casein. Whey, casein, soy, and other complete proteins are best for muscle support, whereas collagens largely provide support for healthy skin and joints.
Myth Four - Rates of collagen synthesis remain steady across the lifespan
Fact: Every healthy adult can produce collagen; however collagen production naturally declines with age. After the age 25, collagen production declines and can be even further accelerated depending on lifestyle choices.
The above are only the top five myths around collagen. There’s still a lot to learn! Check out some other hot topics around collagen. Learn more in part 3 of the collagen series to learn how you may consider adding collagen to your diet.