I recently had lunch with an old friend. We talked about how quickly time passes. It seems like we were in high school together just yesterday, but it’s actually been almost 40 years.
“I’m not going lie,” he said, “I hate getting older and getting wrinkles. But how come you look so much younger than me when we’re the same age?”
I thanked him for the compliment. Then I told him about my anti-aging secret…collagen supplements.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s an important part of our bones, tendons, ligaments, and skin.
Collagen provides skin with elasticity and hydration. As we age, our skin loses collagen. That’s when wrinkles, sagging, and dryness set in.
Research shows collagen supplements can help remedy these issues.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Nutrition & Nutraceuticals recruited 18 older women. Scientists randomly selected some of them to take a daily collagen supplement. The other women took a placebo. After 12 weeks, the collagen group’s wrinkles were less pronounced. They also had better skin hydration.
A study from Germany’s University of Kiel looked at 69 subjects. Researchers randomly assigned them to take either collagen or a placebo. After eight weeks, the collagen group had an increase in skin elasticity and moisture.
And research published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging looked at 294 subjects recruited from several countries. Results showed collagen supplements slow skin aging by reducing dryness and wrinkles.
Other Important Collagen Benefits
Studies have found other collagen benefits…
- More muscle mass. Research published in The British Journal of Nutrition recruited 27 frail, elderly men. Some of them took collagen while participating in an exercise program. Some took a placebo. After 12 weeks, the collagen subjects gained more strength and muscle mass than the placebo subjects.
- Stronger bones. A review of medical literature in the Brazilian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology found that collagen supplements inhibit the bone breakdown that leads to osteoporosis.
A number of foods contain collagen. They include beef, fish, bone broth, chicken skin, and pork skin. But researchers have found that collagen in foods doesn’t have the same skin benefits. Collagen in supplements is better absorbed.
Collagen supplements have no side effects. But some are made from foods that are common allergens such as eggs, shellfish, and fish. If you have food allergies, check the source of the supplement before taking it.
You can get collagen from online retailers and health food stores.
A couple months before your next high school reunion, start taking collagen. You’ll have your classmates wondering why you look so young.