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The Benefits of Boosting Collagen

I first stumbled upon collagen when I was pregnant with my son and researching various ways to keep my skin healthy, not only over my expanding belly, but also all over because I stopped using several anti-aging products on my face and neck. I still take it to keep my joints healthy and my skin firm. Check me out in 30 years and we can see how it does combating wrinkles.

Collagen is a long chain amino acid that forms connective tissue and bones in the body. It gives tissues strength and elasticity and is the most abundant protein in the body!

What are the Benefits of Oral Collagen Supplements?
  1. Anti-aging: it helps with skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration. As we age we naturally produce less collagen. By supplementing collagen these vital and highly sought amino acids are more available for the body to use and have been shown to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin. It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks!
  2. Aid in digestion: it coats the digestive tract to help with gut health, and may even help with leaky gut syndrome. A leaky gut is basically when toxins are allowed to leak out of the digestive tract and into the rest of the body- rather than keep on moving, if you know what I mean. Since your digestive tract has its own little microbiome, it is important for it to be “sealed” to be healthy and prevent undue inflammation and illness.
  3. Joint Health: helps with joints and bone health for easier mobility. Our tendons and ligaments are composed of a high percentage of collagen and supplementing helps keep them moving. It may also reduce the risk of joint osteoarthritis. Several studies have found that supplementing oral collagen reduces joint pain.
  4. Hair and Nails: helps build and strengthen hair and nails. Collagen amino acids are the building blocks for strong hair and nails.  
  5. Weight Management: Since it is a form of fiber, it helps keep you feeling full and things moving in the digestive department. Further, because one of the amino acids it contains is glycine, it helps you build lean muscle mass. And when you're doing all these workouts we've suggested, you be putting that glycine to use!

There is a ton of anecdotal evidence to support the use of collagen too, so it is definitely worth a shot. When I first started trying to boost the collagen in my diet, I was doing it the all natural, old fashion way: bone broth. I went through the arduous task of making up a big pot of bone broth to add to soups and stews. And this is great, but definitely not convenient to take. Perfect to enjoy a hearty soup with extra benefits, but not for daily dosing. In comes the modern supplement! It is available in powder form to take easily and without stewing animal bones for hours and hours. There are two main varieties you can take: collagen gelatin and collagen hydrolysate.

What’s the Difference Between Collagen Gelatin and Collagen Hydrolysate?
Collagen hydrolysate is actually a more processed form of collagen gelatin, which means it is further broken down. While gelatin will dissolve in hot water and then congeal, the hydrolysate version will dissolve in hot or cold water and it does NOT congeal. That makes it perfect for adding to a glass of juice, a smoothie, or even your morning coffee and drinking as usual. If you get the gelatin, you can still mix it into a glass of cold water and chug, but it will not be dissolved and the granules will begin to fatten up because they naturally congeal once added to liquid. The gelatin is good for making homemade gummies or other goodies however.

Because of all the benefits and low risk, I would highly recommend trying it! Amazon carries the two main forms for supplementing into your diet. Both are great options and are easy to use! I would recommend that hydrolysate version for ease of use, but if you want to try out gummies or marshmallows, try the gelatin.

Still curious about the effects of collagen? Here is some additional resources on the subject:
Wrinkle reduction

Have you tried it? What benefits have you noticed?


  1. Such a good post. Really appreciate the info. As a future mom, it helps to be prepared!

    1. Thanks! It's good for all around health, you don't have to be a momma!