The Great Collagen Debate: Pills, Powders or Veggies?

The Great Collagen Debate: Pills, Powders or Veggies?


This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.

Collagen has become increasingly popular, appearing in powders, pills, and various skincare products. But what exactly is collagen, and why is it vital for our bodies? More importantly, is the hype on collagen supplements warranted, or are there more effective ways to enhance your collagen levels? Let's explore the facts behind collagen and its supplementation to uncover the truth.

Collagen makes up 30-40% of the protein in the human body, playing a crucial role in the structure of bones, skin, muscles, and ligaments. There are nearly 28 different types of collagen, with types I, II, and III being the most common.

Type I: Makes up the majority of our collagen, consisting of densely packed fibres essential for the formation of teeth, bones, ligaments, skin, and connective tissue.

Type II: Primarily found in elastic cartilage, Type II collagen provides support for joints.

Type III: Contributes to the structure of muscles, arteries, and organs.

Type IV: Forms the basal lamina, a thin layer of gel-like fluid beneath epithelial cells, providing structural support.

Type V: Found in the cornea of the eyes, skin, hair, and the tissue supporting the placenta, it works alongside Type I collagen making Type I collagen more efficient in the formation of cell surfaces and hair.

As we age, the body's collagen production decreases, potentially leading to signs of ageing such as wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity.

In recent years, collagen supplements have become incredibly popular, available in various forms such as powders, pills, and drinks. The premise is that consuming these supplements can boost your body’s collagen levels, leading to benefits like smoother skin, stronger joints, and healthier hair.

However, there is currently insufficient evidence to suggest that taking collagen supplements or consuming collagen drinks significantly impacts the condition of skin, hair, or nails. Most collagen supplements are derived from marine sources (fish) and primarily provide type I and III collagen. The human body cannot absorb collagen in its complete form; it must first be broken down into peptides to be absorbed through the gut and enter the bloodstream.

These peptides might be further broken down into amino acids that synthesize proteins like keratin, essential for the structure of skin, hair, and nails. Alternatively, the peptides could form collagen deposited in other areas of the body, such as cartilage, bones, muscles, or tendons. However, no human studies have definitively demonstrated that orally ingested collagen directly benefits the skin, hair, or nails.

Additionally, some studies have shown that people may experience digestive issues such as bloating, gas, or stomach discomfort when taking collagen supplements. Have you?

Relying heavily on supplements might also lead to dependency. Continuously supplying collagen from an external source could potentially reduce the body's natural collagen production over time.

Instead of depending on supplements, why not empower your body to produce its own collagen? The body’s fibroblasts, located throughout, are responsible for producing collagen, elastin, growth factors, hyalurons, and more.

Here’s how you can empower your body's FIBROBLAST CELLS:

1. Lifestyle Changes:

Quit Smoking - Smoking reduces collagen production and damages existing collagen.

Limit Sun Exposure - Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to preserve your skin’s health as the UV rays break down the collagen produced in the body.

2. Nutrition:

Eat Protein Rich Foods - Foods like chicken, fish, beans, and legumes provide the amino acids needed for collagen synthesis.

Load Up on Antioxidants - Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins C and E (like oranges, strawberries, and spinach) support collagen production.

Consume Sulfur Rich Foods - Garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts) help with collagen synthesis.

3. Replenish Gummies:

Natural Ingredients - Replenish gummies are packed with ingredients like spirulina, chlorella, red spinach that empower your body’s fibroblasts (the cells responsible for producing collagen). They provide the raw materials needed for collagen synthesis.

Improved Bioavailability - These gummies include piperine, a compound that enhances the absorption of nutrients, ensuring your body can make the most of what you consume.

Vegan Source of Collagen - You do not need to eat non vegetarian foods to get the collagen for your body. These gummies are all vegetarian and vegan to ensure your body makes the collagen required for its optimal functioning

The Bottom Line

Collagen is crucial for your body’s health, but supplements aren’t the magic solution they’re often marketed as. Instead of relying on powders and pills, focus on a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, a balanced diet, and natural supplements like Replenish gummies. This comprehensive approach supports your body’s natural collagen production and promotes overall well-being.

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