We're not going to complain about it: collagen is trendy! But as a specialist in this ingredient, we see a lot of purely marketing, not to say "misleading" information and messages about collagen and its benefits.
There are therefore many misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding this important structural protein.
In this article, we'll demystify collagen by exploring some 11 common statements and determining whether they're true or false.
1. Collagen is an essential protein for healthy skin
Collagen is a crucial protein for maintaining the health and youthfulness of the skin. It gives the skin its structure, elasticity and firmness. With age, the production of collagen decreases, which can lead to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and a decrease in the elasticity of the skin.
2. Creams and lotions containing collagen can actually increase skin collagen.
False . (we're alienating the cosmetics industry 🙈)
Collagen molecules are generally too large to effectively penetrate the skin from topical application.
Products containing collagen can help hydrate and nourish the skin, but they cannot directly increase collagen levels in the deeper layers of the skin. For this the collagen must be reduced to small, ie small molecules (as found in our entire range ), it is called "hydrolyzed".
3. Oral collagen can help boost collagen production in the body:
Consuming oral collagen supplements can potentially boost collagen production in the body.
4. Ingested collagen is destroyed in digestion therefore not effective
When collagen is hydrolyzed, it is designed for better bioavailability, which means it is more easily absorbed by the body. It can pass through the intestinal walls and reach the bloodstream, where it can be used by cells for the synthesis of new collagen.
This is why it is important to learn about the quality of collagen.
5. Animal collagen sources are the only ones available:
Collagen is derived from animal sources. It is a complex of amino acids with a unique triple helix structure.
There are, however, plant-based alternatives to collagen that will use a complex of amino acids similar to that of collagen to support its production in the body. We have designed an alternative in this sense: our Wellness Water, a vegan collagen booster.
6. Collagen Supplements May Help Relieve Joint Pain
Studies have shown that collagen supplementation may have beneficial effects on joint pain, especially in people with osteoarthritis. Collagen can contribute to joint health and resilience, improving cartilage structure and reducing inflammation.
7. Collagen can help reduce cellulite:
Some studies suggest that taking collagen supplements can improve the appearance of cellulite by strengthening skin structure and reducing dimpling. However, results may vary from person to person.
8. Certain foods promote collagen production
A balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, zinc and copper, can promote the production of collagen in the body. These nutrients play a key role in collagen synthesis. Consuming bone broth, pork jelly and the like can also provide a source of collagen.
However, the quantities to consume to obtain the equivalent of 5g of collagen are very important.
9. Collagen can help strengthen hair and nails
Collagen plays a role in the structure of hair and nails. Collagen supplementation can potentially improve the growth and strength of hair and nails, making them stronger and less prone to breakage.
10. Collagen injections are permanent and provide long-lasting results
False (we now alienate the aesthetic medicine industry)
Collagen injections are temporary and require regular touch-ups to maintain results. The injected collagen is gradually absorbed by the body, requiring additional treatment sessions to maintain the desired appearance. It is also purely aesthetic and local with no impact on the overall level of collagen in the body.
11. All types of collagen have the same benefits for the body
True, but it's complicated.
There are different types of collagen in the body, and they have specific roles in different tissues. For example, type I collagen is the most abundant and is found mainly in skin, bones, ligaments and tendons, while type II collagen is more present in cartilage.
However, it is important to understand that when you consume collagen, you are not specifically choosing where it will be used. Once absorbed, collagen is broken down into the constituent amino acids which are then used by the body as needed.
Although collagen can provide many benefits for skin, joints, hair and nails, it is important to understand its limitations and approach it realistically.
By adopting a holistic approach to health and well-being, combining a balanced diet, appropriate supplements and regular physical activity, we can optimally support our body.
It is our mission to accompany you in this way of life.