Question: from Jesse
I recently came across some articles and some websites promoting the benefits of collagen pills/capsules. While I am normally cautious about believing everything I read online, I can't help but be slightly impressed by the collagen capsules' claims for anti aging and beauty properties.
I have done a bit of research and apparently there are no side effects from these collagen capsules and there are a few types available whereby certain types are better for certain uses. I come across this company called Proto-col a lot during my research.
What are your views on collagen supplements and its effectiveness or side-effects? Are they what they claim to be?
Answer: from Warren
We are not positive about collagen supplements or topical collagen. There is no evidence that we have seen supporting its efficacy. The problem is that collagen is a very complex molecule and is available in many different forms…some of the molecules are large and some are small. But, when it is taken in oral form or applied topically it doesn’t integrate itself into the existing collagen within the matrix of the skin.
Perhaps to put it another way. Some people think that eating fat will make you fat but that is not the case. So, in other words just because you eat something that does not mean that it will become part of the matrix of your tissues.
What you ingest goes through the stomach, then the intestines and it is worked over by various enzymes, gets into the blood stream and is further processed by the liver. This is why if you eat a spoonful of fat that fat will not end up in your tissues.
Various nutrients would be taken out of the fat and used by the body and the rest passed through. The same logic applies to collagen. There may be some nutrients extracted by the body from the collagen and this could be of some benefit but one thing is for sure and that collagen does NOT become part of the collagen which makes up the matrix of the skin.
The same thing applies to collagen which is in skin care products and applied topically. It does nothing. It is pure marketing hype.