How Collagen Drinks Work

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 11 Aug, 2015

Discover how collagen supplements work, from ingestion to new collagen formation.

Discover how collagen drinks work
Collagen is a fibrous protein made up of amino acids that is the main building block of our cells, organs, and tissues. Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in the body, making up about 65% of our total protein. Collagen also makes up a whopping 95% of the dermis, or underlying layer of the skin, helping maintain the skin’s firmness, suppleness, and elasticity.

Collagen production reaches its peak when you’re 20-25 years old and then starts to decline as you age, so it only makes sense to replace what you have lost via supplementation. Collagen supplements reverse the natural loss of collagen that occurs as you age. The collagen molecules in collagen creams are too large to enter the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin. Therefore, those concerned with looking young have gone from slathering collagen creams onto their skin to taking collagen supplements.
Collagen Depletion Over Time
In Japan, where the collagen craze originated, women take a holistic approach to beauty, considering not only what they put on their skin but also what they put into their bodies. Collagen is added to everything from marshmallows to drinks. In fact, collagen drinks are considered superior to tablets because they contain significantly more nutrients and active ingredients than pills owing to their larger volume. Collagen drinks are also tastier and more appealing than popping pills.

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard about the benefits of collagen drinks and want to try them, but you want to know exactly how they work before you take the plunge. After all, it can be difficult to imagine how fish collagen would magically pass from your intestines into the wrinkles on your face. But as the old saying goes, you are what you eat. The food you consume has a direct impact on the way you look, so why not consume foods and supplements that make your skin look radiant?

Collagen drinks boost collagen production in your skin. The problem is that most collagen supplements and beauty drinks on the market contain cheap ingredients and thus have low bioavailability, which refers to how much of a supplement actually gets absorbed by your body at the cellular level. Most collagen supplements contain unmodified collagen, which is too large for the body to absorb and ends up passing through the body intact.
Collagen drinks, along with complimenting key ingredients, boost collagen production in your skin. | RenewAlliance
The Science Behind Collagen Drinks

There has been intense debate surrounding the efficacy of collagen drinks, but multiple scientific studies have proven that drinking collagen can indeed benefit the skin. According to a paper published in the Archives of Dermatological Research in 2008, ingesting collagen may help with overall collagen formation in the body. A year later, Tokyo University published research suggesting that drinking collagen could reverse the effects of sun-related skin aging.

Another study by a research institute in Japan in 2006 suggested that ingesting collagen peptide increases fibroblast density and enhances the formation of collagen in the dermis. Fibroblasts are a principal component of skin cells that synthesize collagen and elastin. Researchers at Katsuragi Hospital in Japan also documented improvements in the skin of subjects who took an oral collagen supplement.
How Collagen Is Absorbed into the Bloodstream
When you consume a protein like collagen, the digestive system’s stomach enzymes break it down into peptides and amino acids. The peptides and amino acids are then absorbed into the bloodstream and used where the body needs it. In other words, the collagen found in food or supplements must first be broken down many times in the digestive system before it is absorbed through the intestine into the blood. It is then reassembled back into collagen at different sites throughout the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins, and peptides are compounds consisting of two or more amino acids. Replenishing amino acids is essential to maintaining the amount of collagen in your body.

The problem is that the digestion of dietary collagen is often incomplete, which results in large peptide chains. The body is unable to use these long molecules and thus fails to replenish the body’s declining production of collagen. That’s why collagen-rich foods like pig’s feet and chicken skin won’t make much of a difference. The secret to success is consuming modified collagen, which consists of collagen breakdown products that can travel through the walls of your digestive system and speed up cell production in your skin.
Hydrolysis breaks down collagen triple helix into shorter, easily absorbed pieces
Importance of Choosing Beauty Drinks That Contain Hydrolyzed Collagen

High-end collagen drinks contain hydrolyzed collagen, which is essentially “pre-digested” to ensure rapid absorption. Hydrolyzed collagen is cut into pieces that are small enough to absorb. It takes your digestive system less time and energy to break down hydrolyzed collagen and absorb it into the bloodstream. A 2005 study conducted at Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan showed that the amino acids from oral hydrolyzed collagen are absorbed into the bloodstream.

The process of hydrolysis uses heat to modify collagen and break it down into small components in a similar manner as the body so that it is optimally absorbed after ingestion. Scientists learned to break the long chain triple helix protein into shorter pieces and then separate the three helices from each other. The breakdown of hydrolyzed collagen is more thorough, resulting in usable small chain peptides and amino acids that rebuild your skin’s collagen networks. Your digestive system moves these smaller collagen peptides and amino acids into the bloodstream, where they provide building blocks for creating and replacing collagen and other proteins your body needs.

Hydrolyzed collagen that is taken orally migrates to areas in need of repair to boost skin and joint regeneration. The presence of collagen in the bloodstream triggers a wound healing response that reactivates the body’s collagen production. Studies of people who have taken hydrolyzed collagen orally have found components of hydrolyzed collagen in areas far from the gut, stimulating the production of new skin cells and hyaluronic acid. The body directs the repair materials to the locations that need them most.
Choose a collagen drink with low molecular weight
Choose a Collagen Drink With a Low Molecular Weight

The size of the collagen molecule determines the effectiveness of a collagen beauty drink. Hydrolyzed collagen peptide with a low molecular weight facilities high absorption and bioavailability. Bioavailable collagen can be absorbed through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream and carried throughout the body. Commercial collagen beauty supplements may contain anywhere from 3,000 Daltons to 50,000 Daltons, depending on how they are processed. The lower the number of Daltons, the smaller the collagen molecule and the greater the bioavailability.

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To keep the skin nourished, it’s essential to take small, regular doses of collagen on a long-term basis. Renew Alliance’s Taut® Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula contains RDS (Rapid Delivery System) hydrolyzed collagen peptide with a low molecular weight (5,000 Daltons) for rapid absorption and the highest potency per serving of hydrolyzed collagen on the market. Click here for more information about how our collagen drinks boost collagen depletion and rejuvenate aging skin.
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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 13 Oct, 2017

It was difficult to spot the difference because you look at your face every morning. You stumble upon an old picture from college or even just five years ago. “My skin used to be so smooth and firm!” “Where did that saggy, extra skin come from underneath my chin?”

Skin issues can be emotionally difficult to deal with. We feel self-conscious when there is a giant, red pimple on our nose or when there are more dark spots and less firmness in our skin. It is the first thing people see and generally, we cannot hide it.

As a teenager, I struggled with acne and later in my twenties, I remember waking up one morning with dry, scaly patches on the bridge of my nose and on my neck. Seemingly overnight, I found myself dealing with moderately severe eczema.

People would ask, “What’s wrong with your neck? Did you get a really bad sunburn.” As much as I tried to convince myself that I was not self-conscious about my skin, these innocent comments from friends and family started to wear down on me.

I would hesitate to wear t-shirts because they exposed my neck, and I did not want to deal with the “innocent” comments or have to explain that I was not contagious. I tried different eczema creams and lotions but this was more than just dry skin.

As much as I disliked going to the doctor, my mom, who is a pharmacist, convinced me to make an appointment with my family physician. My doctor examined my skin and came back after 5 minutes with two tubes of medication—two different forms of topical steroid creams. He said, “Just apply these until the patches go away.”

“How long will I have to use these?”

“Probably off and on for the rest of your life.”

That just did not make any sense to me. This was one of those turning points in my life that started me down the path of looking for answers about what these symptoms mean and how to get to the root cause of the issue rather than just covering up the issue with medications.

Little did I realize, or did my family physician, that my form of eczema (also commonly called atopic dermatitis) was not primarily a skin disease, but rather a sign that my body’s internal environment was out of balance.

My mom was always the one encouraging myself and her customers at the pharmacy to use as few medications as possible. She promoted healthy lifestyle and nutrition because she understood that medications were not the answer to all health problems. You might see why I was inspired to look to a different approach to medicine. My holistic medical education at Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school, taught me to look at symptoms in the context of whole-body health.

Even if you do not have a skin condition, taking care of your internal environment will keep your skin healthy, radiant, and smooth. 

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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 14 Sep, 2017

Produced by fibroblasts, elastin is an important protein that enables our skin to return to its original shape after it stretches or contracts. Elastin fibers are like little rubber bands in the connective tissue throughout our bodies. Eventually, the fibers lose their ability to snap back.

Through the years, there are many things that can take a toll on your skin, including the sun, bad habits, and pollution. Exposure to these elements can damage the elastin fibers in your skin, which causes the skin to sag and stretch.

Loose skin and tissue under the upper arm area due to damaged elastin is a common issue. Flabby upper arm skin may make you feel reluctant to wear sleeveless shirts and swimsuits. Factors that contribute to sagging underarm skin include aging, smoking, genetics, and weight loss.

When your weight fluctuates, it can break or weaken the elastin fibers in the dermis, which results in the loss of tensile strength. Therefore, the skin is unable to bounce back and regain its original shape, similarly to when a rubber brand is stretched beyond its limit. If you lose weight and simultaneously lose muscle mass, this leads to a loss of tone that causes the skin in the underarm area to appear flaccid. 

Here are some tips for avoiding and treating sagging underarm skin.  

By RenewAlliance, Inc. 25 Aug, 2017

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Let’s expose the top 5 myths about collagen supplements, so you can ensure that you’re using proven treatments in a correct way while saving yourself time, money, and effort.

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