What is collagen? Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues of our body. Collagen gives our skin support and elasticity while keeping it supple and firm. Our body naturally produces the collagen it needs but production starts to decline as we age. This decline also results in our skin aging, causing fine lines, wrinkles, and skin losing firmness and elasticity.
The concept of ingesting collagen supplements to promote firmer, youthful skin originates from Japan and its now catching the attention of celebrities and beauty editors in the US and Europe. No wonder collagen supplements that promise beautiful, youthful skin are now the fastest growing anti-aging product category. As a result, there are many collagen brands and types to choose from-- but not all collagen beauty supplements are created equal.
Here are 7 tips for buying the best quality, most effective collagen beauty supplement that will benefit your skin, and help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
There are 28 types of collagen in the body. Type 1 Collagen is the most abundant in our body and stronger than steel by weight. It makes up 80% of the dermis layer of our skin. Hence, Type I collagen is considered to be the key building matrix protein which gives our skin its structure and firmness.
Type II collagen makes up movable joints, so it is commonly used to treat joint aging and relieve pain associated with arthritis.
Type III collagen is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue. Babies and children have a lot of type III collagen, which is why their skin is so soft and plump. As we age, type III collagen is gradually replaced by type I collagen.
Look for a collagen supplement that contain at least 90% type I collagen if you want the collagen supplement to work for your skin.
The problem with collagen molecules is that in its native state they are simply too large for our body to absorb efficiently unless they’ve been hydrolyzed.
Hydrolyzed collagen is a processed form of collagen that is obtained when collagen fibers are broken down into small collagen chains also known as "collagen peptides" through a process known as "Hydrolysis" .
This technology was invented and patented by a Japanese company. Rather than providing amino acids that have to be broken down and then reassembled into collagen, hydrolyzed collagen is able to efficiently deliver small, usable collagen peptides into our body. Clinical studies show these collagen peptides get absorbed in the bloodstream, penetrate and remain in the dermis, and trigger collagen production in the skin.
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There are many products and brands that claim their collagen supplement or collagen builder contains collagen or hydrolyzed collagen, especially the less expansive products. Typically they do not contain any hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptides. Instead they are predominantly made up of 3 amino acids Glycine, Proline, and Hydroxyproline , which together represent about 50% of total amino acid content of the collagen helix chain. You need up to 18 different amino acids in the right quantities and ratio to create a collagen molecule. These products also lack other minor but important amino acids necessary to construct a complete collagen molecule helix chain.
By comparison, a Collagen supplement that contains "Hydrolyzed Collagen" is more effective because it contains a complete amino acid sequence as a collagen peptide which can be absorbed and transported to the dermis of the skin.
If you want a true collagen supplement that works for your skin, look for one that contains Type 1 Hydrolyzed Collagen with High Bioavailability.
Taut® Collagen Drink contains 90% Type 1 hydrolyzed collagen in liquid form that has the optimal molecular weight profile and a impressive bioavailability of 90-95%.
There are many clinical studies that confirm ingesting a high concentration of hydrolyzed collagen helps to increase skin thickness and reduce wrinkles. Many of these studies were based on consumption of 10,000mg hydrolyzed collagen per day over a period of either 6-8 weeks.
The high dose of collagen triggers our body's wound repair response
- a process that identifies and repairs damaged collagen in the dermis by stimulating the growth of new collagen. Ingesting high potency collagen supplements can stimulate the production of skin collagen and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Taut® Collagen Supplement Drink contains 13,000mg hydrolyzed type I marine collagen per 1.7oz serving, the highest concentration of hydrolyzed collagen per serving currently available and almost 2-6 times the concentration of other brands.
The four main sources of hydrolyzed collagen found in supplements are bovine (cow), porcine (pig), chicken, and marine (fish) collagen.
Marine collagen extracted from fish is the purest and safest form of collagen. Our body's cells easily absorb marine-derived collagen and use it to keep the skin tight and wrinkle free. While harvesting collagen from marine sources is more costly, it produces a much more pure collagen, especially in comparison to cheaper bovine and porcine collagen sourced from the byproducts of slaughterhouses. Marine collagen that is extracted from cold water fish has up to 1.5 times more bioavailability than bovine or porcine collagen.
Beware of collagen supplements made in China and other countries with loose manufacturing controls and standards.
Taut® Collagen is sourced from red snapper, a deep-water fish wild caught in the Indian Ocean and processed in Japan using environmentally friendly production that is ISO-9001 certified, which guarantees the highest degree of purity and effectiveness. Taut Premium Collagen supplement drink is Chemical-Free, Allergen Free and BSE-TSE Free. It contains no porcine, bovine or chicken collagen.
The bioavailability of a collagen supplement, or the percentage of the substance that is actually absorbed into your body when ingested, is another critical factor to consider when evaluating collagen supplements.
Bioavailability largely determines the efficacy of any nutrient you ingest. Nutrients that are highly bioavailable can be digested and absorbed at a high percentage. When nutrients are in liquid form, they provide the highest possible absorption rate of nutrients into the body because they are already essentially pre-digested. Tablets or powders cannot match the level of absorption that liquid collagen supplements offer.
In addition, each table has very little collagen so you would need to take at least 10-20 large tablets to reach the same level of essential nutrients and collagen peptides to achieve the desired visible results. Collagen tablets are also more difficult to ingest and assimilate into the body and are only partially absorbed.
As for collagen powder, you would need to mix with water or juice. Collagen powder that contains hydrolyzed collagen made from Bovine can have a strong taste and needs to be sweetened.
In conclusion, we prefer drinks over pills and powder because it is convenient and more effective. There are fewer companies that produce Collagen in liquid form and they are pricer than pills and powder.
Taut Premium Collagen Drink is packed and sealed in small 1.7oz glass bottle to guarantee maximum efficacy and freshness.
Now you know what to look out for while shopping for the best collagen supplement that works for your skin.
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If you’ve searched for anti-aging solutions at any point in the last few years, you’ve likely come across some sort of collagen product promising smoother, firmer skin. Like kale was the powerhouse health staple in the early 2000s, collagen is the new “it” ingredient—particularly in the skincare world. That’s because collagen is to skin like calcium is to your bones or vitamin C is for immunity. Why? A whopping 75% to 80% of our skin is made up of collagen , and it lays the groundwork for youthful, uplifted, firm and bouncy skin.
But here’s the thing—consuming any food source or supplement containing collagen won’t bestow the results you can see and feel. People are flocking toward bone broth and collagen powders without considering one crucial factor: the collagen’s ability to actually reach the skin and effect visible change once it’s consumed. You see, collagen molecules in their natural state are too large to be digested and absorbed—and they’re certainly not getting to the skin.
In simple terms, your body can’t deliver regular collagen to where it needs to be. What you need to look for is a very specific type of collagen with excellent bioavailability; in other words, you need collagen that actually enters your body’s circulation system so it can effectively work its magic.
Most of us take sleep for granted as sleeping is a basic human need, like breathing, eating, or drinking water. You've probably heard it a thousand times, from your mom to your doctor, why it's important to have quality sleep as it will affect the way you look, feel, and perform throughout the day.
Getting sufficient sleep is vital to your health and well-being, as the body works to repair and restore itself while you sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you secrete fewer hormones and slow down the body’s repair processes. Unfortunately, many of us lead busy, over scheduled lives and don't get the amount of sleep time we need each night. We probably won't even notice the difference until the signs of aging shows up on our skin, hair and body.
Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity,
immune deficiency and most recently, it has been scientifically proven that can also result in premature aging.
To understand how and why lack of sleep has such a significant impact on our body, it's important to understand what happens when we sleep.
I grew up just outside of San Francisco. We lived in a nice cul-de-sac of newly constructed homes. I remember being in 3rd grade moving away from our smaller, older home in the Sunset district known for its side-by-side houses and fog.
To me, the other families around us seemed to be normal and happy—young families creating lives together.
Two girls who went to the same elementary school as my brothers and I lived a few houses away with their parents. From the outside, their lives seemed perfectly happy. They went to school just like us. Their parents would wave to us as we drove by and would stop by if we were outside and talk with my parents.
Then it all changed. We would hear arguing once in a while. Then the arguing became more frequent and more intense. Eventually, we stopped seeing the father doing normal household chores like taking out the garbage or washing the cars. Word spread that the parents had separated and gotten divorced.
Overnight, their mother looked like she had aged 10 years. What was once jet black hair had gone gray. What was once a youthful glow in her skin became a shade of drab.
How did she age so quickly? How was this possible? This was one of my first memories seeing stress drain the youth out of someone’s appearance.
Now that we got that out of the way, what causes this rapid aging?