In this blog, I would like to talk about the facts and fiction surrounding the use of collagen powders.
Recently, there have been several stories in the NZ media on the subject of collagen powder. It has become a controversial subject, and it wasn’t helpful that these stories consisted of a collection of people’s opinions rather than facts. These stories did not clear up the question of whether or not taking collagen powder works.
So this encouraged me to dig deeper into my research. The last time I looked into this subject was when we were developing our Bestow Collagen Boost. At this point, there were numerous studies proving that taking collagen does increase the elasticity and hydration of our skin. It also reduces the visible signs of ageing, like the number and depth of wrinkles we have. It is exciting to note that the research has now moved on from ‘does it work?’ to ‘how does it work?’ and this is what I would like to share with you over a series of blogs.
Research is constantly being carried out so this information may change but as of today, this is what is known about taking collagen powders.
- They are absorbed into the blood
- They do contribute to the production of collagen in our bodies
So what research do I base these statements on you may well ask?
In this blog, I will look at the subject of absorption. I have read several independent studies that show that the levels of collagen peptides in the blood increase significantly after taking collagen powder. They showed that these levels usually reached their peak between one and two hours after taking collagen.
However, the size of the collagen peptides in your powder does matter. Obviously the smaller they are the better our bodies are able to absorb them.
The molecular size of the collagen peptides is measured in Daltons. The smaller the Dalton, the better. Our Bestow Collagen Boost contains peptides that range from only 1,000 to a maximum of 2,000 Daltons. This makes the most absorbable on the market, as far as I am aware. So what you are taking in from your Bestow Collagen Boost is actually being used!
Over the next few months I will share more with you on the studies I am reading so we all have the most up to date, accurate information.