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Collagen Supplements and Drinks for Healthy Skin and Hair

Collagen supplements and drinks are a popular health topic these days. You have probably seen the ads on Facebook and Instagram that say…

I added this collagen supplement to my water and my hair grew three inches!

My joints are more supple even though I’m over 50! 

 My goal is to help you navigate the daily messages that come at us through social media regarding our health and nutrition in order to separate myth from the facts.

What is collagen?

Collagen is naturally produced by mammals. It is the main protein of all connective tissues and makes up 70% of the protein of our skin. This explains why so many collagen companies emphasize skin changes in their advertising.  ‘Get the dewy skin of a newborn‘ is another example of an ad I saw recently!

Collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals. Collagen consists of amino acids and is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin. It does add to our ‘youthful radiance and overall well being’, but it’s important to note that simply adding collagen to the body is not the same thing as absorbing an outside source of collagen or helping the body naturally produce collagen as needed.

Our collagen production reduces as we age and it make sense that making the most of collagen production as we get older would lead to healthier skin, but it’s not as simple as drinking or taking collagen alone.

The goal is to supplement with collagen properly so that the body can actually metabolize what you’re adding externally. For example, good digestion is needed to process and absorb an external collagen product, which is why Agger Chiropractic and Nutrition provides a full nutritional plan that might include collagen products as a supplement, but will always include ways to better digest your food for maximum nutrient absorption.

The good news is that yes, collagen supplements, when added to a nutritional plan along with the proper use of Whole Food Vitamin C, can make a difference in your skin, hair, eyes and nails.  Call us today for a nuturitional evaluation and we can definitely talk about adding collagen to your health regime.

Dr. Agger