Collagen for skin
Collagen is a form of protein that is found in abundance in our bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, skin cells, body organs and even our nails and hair. It holds the body together, forming a kind of scaffolding, if you will, that connects bones, muscles and joints. As we age, however, the amount of collagen in our body starts to decrease leading to loss of plumpness on your face, stiffness in joints, muscles aches and pains, thinning of hair, brittle nails and more.
Collagen Types 1, 2 and 3 are the ones I have paid most attention to because they have an impact on skin, hair, nails and joints. In this post, I will just talk about the former and address joint health in a separate post. Collagen Type 1 and 3 work together to improve skin health, and that of hair and nails as well. A collagen supplement that blends these two with Vitamin C and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) can help reduce inflammation, treat skin, hair and nails problems, and is excellent for hair and nails. It improves elasticity of your skin minimising fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates your skin, keeps your internal organs healthy, and helps in healing wounds.
These days I am taking Close Up by Correxiko Collagen Booster for my skin. It is 100% marine sourced and blended with hyaluronic acid and MSM. I take this in the morning on an empty stomach. I’ve been on it for more than 8 weeks and have not experienced any side effects. In fact, my skin feels more hydrated and my nails are stronger. People who are allergic to fish should avoid this supplement. Also, remember for best results take collagen supplement for at least 6 to 8 weeks! It takes time to kick in but you will love the results. Do remember that the best time to take collagen supplements is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for better absorption. Room temperature water works better than hot water. As always, do consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
I did try Meiji Amino Collagen for a couple of months before I switched to Correxiko. There was no real reason behind the switch though, I just wanted to try a new brand. This product is also pretty good. It is a Japanese product for skin health and is easily available in most Indian pharmacies. If you are planning to use this, then keep in mind it is very popular and gets sold out very quickly. I used to order mine from Vandana Pharmacy, Hauz Khas, New Delhi. You can call them on 97170226555. This is a powder, easily dissolvable, and it tastes bland. This too is 100% marine based so please consult doctor if you are allergic to fish.
I feel if you are going for the skin combo, that is Collagen Type1 and 3 then avoid the joint one, that is Type 2. I don’t think it is a good idea to take all 3 together. I must re-emphasize that I have personally tried and tested both products mentioned here and I did not experience any side effects. But, while collagen has immense health benefits, some people might experience some side effects as well. Some women complain of decreased appetite, bloating, indigestion, constipation and Fatigue. I strongly advice you to consult your GP before taking collagen supplement.
If you want to increase your collagen levels without supplements, then you could try some of these natural collagen boosting foods:
- Miso soup
- Bone broth
- Olive oil
- White tea
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Flax seeds
Here is a recipe for a vegan miso soup enriched with collagen infused ingredients suitable for everyone:
1/3 cup miso
4 green spring onions chopped
1/2 block silken tofu cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
4 cups of water
Teaspoon soy sauce optional
1 table spoon shredded wakame seaweed or nori
Add seaweed to water and simmer for at least 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until miso is well dissolved but do not boil as this will destroy the nutrients in it. And your soup is ready.
All the Japanese ingredients are available at Modern Bazaar Vasant Kunj, Godrej Natures Basket, Yamato-Ya Grocery store, Safdarjung Enclave New Delhi.
Try some collagen supplements or collagen enhancing foods or even the miso soup let me know if they make a difference. Write to me below or using #stayrealstayyou on Instagram @shagunkhanna