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I am very excited to share this post with you today! I get questions all the time about collagen since I am always using it on snapchat and Instagram.
So, what is the function of collagen? Why should you take it as a supplement?
Since this is part of the chemist solutions series, let’s check out the chemistry of it first. Collagen is a protein found in the human body. The function of collagen is to provide structural support and strength in the skin, bones, and connective tissues. It also replaces and restores dead skin cells. You have probably heard about collagen for years in skin creams or face products.
As we get older, our body produces less collagen, which is why we get wrinkles and the skin loses elasticity. Collagen is very popular to use topically, like with these under eye pads I love to use!
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But, what about taking collagen as a supplement?
Most of you know, I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 20 years now. There have been some rough years, dealing with pain, fatigue, and all the things that go along with an auto-immune disease. RA will damage your joints, causing the cartilage and tissues to deteriorate. This causes additional mechanical joint pain, on top of the usual inflammatory arthritic pain.
Many years ago, I started doing some chemical research about supplements to take that were proven to restore, repair, and soothe bad joints. I spent time learning about each supplement claim, researching the science behind it, and also testing it on myself.
I shared this supplement and vitamin list a few months back about all my proven items that have really helped me over the years.
The biggest one for me has been collagen.
Collagen is scientifically proven to help lubricate and rebuild the tissues around your joints, which is why I wanted to test it out.
If I skip a dose of collagen, I experience joint pains and aches within a few days. It has helped me that much! A bonus of taking this supplement is my skin looks amazing too! My nails are healthy and so is my hair.
The most important thing to learn from this post is HOW to actually take collagen as a supplement and what type of collagen to use. There are hundreds of collagen supplements on the market in all different forms. I have tested dozens and tried many methods.
How to Use Collagen to Make it MOST Effective?
Chemically, collagen needs vitamin c to work properly. Vitamin C is a carrier in the body and many nutrients need Vitamin C to be absorbed correctly. I studied this in biochemistry in college and found it incredibly interesting! Oregon State has a great article on the science behind this you can check out.
Since collagen needs vitamin C to be absorbed efficiently, first you need to make sure you take the supplement with some type of vitamin C. Many articles talk about using orange juice or something like that. I do not drink juice since it usually is processed and full of sugar, so I like to use the addition of fresh lemon juice (read this article on why I LOVE lemon and it is so good for you).
What Type of Collagen to Take?
This leads me to my next topic, what type of collagen to take. There are pill forms, powder forms, and even liquid forms of collagen. Pills, as with any supplement, aren’t necessarily as effective. The body doesn’t absorb them as well. Liquid is effective, but can get pricey. Powder form has been the most efficient for me and is easily added to drinks.
Dissolving collagen in a liquid can be tricky. I get questions from readers all the time on how do I get it to dissolve? Does it have a taste?
I created the Chemistry Cachet Collagen Concoction which is basically the ultimate energy boosting, health filled, joint support supplement. I just fill so much better when I have it every morning. It took a while for me to get it down just right so that it’s enjoyable, refreshing, and gives you all the anti-inflammatory, tissue building benefits in one drink.
Find the recipe to my Collagen Concoction here.
The last part of my post today is what brand is best for you.
I have tried many different ones, the expensive ones everyone raves about, and the cheap ones found at the store. I have been using this brand for awhile now. I actually prefer it to some expensive ones. It has been the most effective for me, and I even notice more of a difference with my skin taking this particular brand.
If you want to try out other ones, just make sure it is organic and non-gmo. There are many cheap brands out there that aren’t good for you because they contain fillers or unnecessary ingredients that take away from the collagen.
Chemist Tip: What is gelatin?
I have had this question from readers too, what is gelatin? Gelatin is actually from cooking collagen, so it is similar. I also take it as a supplement, but usually only when I am making a smoothie for added protein. It has quit a bit of protein in it and also is great for joint support. Collagen has been more helpful for my joints, so I take it every day. The gelatin supplement I prefer I take about once a week in a smoothie.
Since taking collagen, I have experienced so much less joint pain. I can walk and exercise more without having that bone on bone pain. Plus, my skin is so much healthier looking too!
Feel free to contact me with any questions!