What’s the deal with collagen supplements?
Collagen, the single most common protein in animals, is best known for giving structure and shape to the skin though its also present in bones, muscles, and connective tissues. As we age or are subjected to external aggressors like UV radiation and pollution, collagen starts to break down.Treatment options include lasers, injections, creams and serums, but there is also another category thats growing in popularity: ingesting collagen supplements such as collagen powder, tablets, liquids, and even health bars.Supplementing with collagen has research-proven benefits for skin including improved hydration, says Joy McCarthy, a certified holistic nutritionist and Genuine Health spokesperson. Collagen nourishes the dermis and increases the manufacture of hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1000x its weight in water and give the skin a youthful look.Think you might want to give collagen supplements a shot? Weve rounded up 12 products that are available in Canada.(Related: Should I Be Taking Collagen?)