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Dozen FAQ about about Hydrolyzed Collagen Supplementation

Updated on July 15, 2011

I’ve answered some questions that many people have about collagen. If you are new to usinghydrolyzed Collagen, you may have some questions about how best to use it to gain maximum effects. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers to help you decide whether collagen is right for you, and how best to implement it in your daily life.

Question: Where can I find good collagen supplement products? Are some brands better than others?

Answer: You can find good products in health food stores, in some grocery stores, and online.

Question: What will collagen supplementation do for me?

Answer: The benefits of hydrolyzed collagen supplementation are tri-fold; first, collagen helps increase bone mass, second, collagen helps support healthy joints and connective tissues, and third, collagen is used topically for its anti-aging properties as it helps improve the appearance of the skin by providing the nutrients needed for cell renewal.

Question: I am a body builder, and someone suggested collagen supplements to increase my muscle mass and decrease my body fat. How much should I take?

Answer: The optimum amount to take depends on the brand and formula you are taking. It is best to follow the directions on the package. Do not take more than 2 tablespoons of powdered collagen at a time, as this is the maximum recommended dosage. You can mix it with juice, water, or other flavorings. You can also add it to smoothies or food.

Question: I am interested in using collagen to make my skin look younger and more beautiful. Is it more effective to have collagen injected into the skin, or to take it internally, or apply it topically?

Answer: Collagen injections provide the most rapid results, although topical applications will also improve skin tone equally if you give them time. Injections are much more expensive and risky, however. Taking collagen internally does not provide significant benefits to the skin, although it is used internally as a weight loss/muscle building aide and to help the bones and joints.

Question: What does collagen do?

Answer: Collagen is the most common fibrous protein in the body. It is used to build connective tissue, repair tendons, build muscles, ligaments, bones, and repair the skin cells. As we get older, our body's natural ability to make collagen declines, which results in wrinkled skin, sagging skin, and rough skin tone. Without optimal amounts of collagen, the body cannot repair joints and tendons. Normal wear and tear on the joints cannot be repaired and renewed as rapidly, leading to joint problems and aches and pains.

Question: Where does the collagen found in nutritional supplements and collagen injections come from?

Answer: Collagen is made from the bones and connective tissues of fish, pigs, and cows. It is not made from calf hooves, as some have suggested, since this part of the animal doesn't have collagen. Collagen is extracted from these tissues and sterilized. It is chemically different from its original form, so it is considered kosher.

Question: I have read that you can add hydrolyzed collagen powder to smoothies or to recipes, but does collagen taste bad?

Answer: No, collagen doesn't have a smell or a taste. It looks and smells about the same as unflavored Knox gelatin powder, if you have ever used this to make homemade jam. Gelatin and collagen are made from the same source; only hydrolyzed collagen goes through additional processing to make the collagen digestible and available to the body.

Question: Will collagen supplementation cause any side effects? Is it considered totally safe?

Answer: People have been making gelatin and collagen food products for over 500 years. Some records indicate that collagen has been made from animal bones for a thousand years. The United States Food and Drug Administration has classified collagen for internal use as "Generally Regarded as Safe."

Question: If I am using collagen for sports nutrition, should I use collagen powder with other proteins or alone?

Answer: It is a good idea to use it with one or more other protein supplements, since collagen does not contain all types of protein. Other types of protein supplements, however, don't give the body the actual form of protein it needs to manufacture muscle tissue, so adding collagen powder to your sports nutrition regimen will enhance its benefits.

Question: I have pimples. Can collagen help me get rid of my acne and rough, scaly skin?

Answer: Yes. Collagen is often used in the beauty industry to smooth out skin and prevent and treat breakouts. Look for a good collagen containing facial cream that won't clog pores and is designed to be used by people with acne. Be careful not to get a cream that is made for people with very dry, aging skin, as this type of cream may aggravate your skin. Collagen facial creams or gels can be used on patches of rough skin to smooth out the skin and help provide the essential elements the skin cells need to rejuvenate.

Question: I have a lot of allergies, and I'm reluctant to try collagen. Could I be allergic to collagen?

Answer: Yes, it isn't common, but some people are allergic to collagen. If you have very sensitive skin or have lots of allergies, try a skin patch test first before you spread collagen gel all over your face or have collagen injected. Take a small sample of collagen gel and spread it on the underside of your forearm. Wait for 10 minutes. If the area appears itchy, feels uncomfortable, or develops hives or blisters, then do not use collagen. Collagen is considered hypoallergenic, however, so most people will not have a problem with it.

Question: Is collagen the same as hydrolyzed collagen?

Answer: No, hydrolyzed collagen has been specially processed so that your body can utilize and absorb the collagen. Collage itself (or simple unflavored gelatin) will not give as many positive results as if it has been hydrolyzed. The body can't absorb simple collagen, so most of it passes through the body, unused.


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