What’s the deal with collagen? And why it’s pointless taking it…
We’ve been reading and hearing a lot about collagen products in recent years, but thanks to our friends at the leading biotechnology company MedColl who specialize in health and beauty nutraceutical supplements, let us demystify some of the marketing myths that are currently out there about collagen.
What is Collagen?
Firstly, collagen or your connective tissue is a protein, which can only be formed by the body itself. We call this endogenous collagen. So, producing it is an inside job. No amount of swallowing collagen or applying collagen to the skin will help make more or new collagen, it simply doesn’t work that way.
* Myth 1: Eating & drinking Collagen = increases collagen.
If you ingest collagen, be it tablets, powders, shots or drinks it will still be digested and excreted and certainly does not circulate around the body making new collagen. The body in essence breaks it down, as it does with all the protein you consume orally.
* Myth 2: Applying collagen creams, serums & masks = increased collagen.
If you apply collagen topically to your skin, it will simply sit and coat the surface of the skin, it is not able to penetrate the epidermis as the collagen molecule is far too large to do so. What it may well do, is act as a humectant (prevents moisture loss from skin), that is all. The skin is a barrier and does not let collagen in.
So, how can you increase your collagen?
Given that eating and drinking collagen and applying topically to the skin won’t increase collagen, is there any way to increase collagen levels yourself? Firstly of course, you could inject synthetic collagen into your skin, but with this you could experience problems. Lasering the skin with heat will also stimulate the body to produce new collagen to the epidermis as a way to repair the skin and this is a very effective method of getting the skin to form new collagen to the facial area only although is considered invasive and will require down time.
However, if you want to maintain or replenish your entire body’s own collagen in a safer way then you simply must get your body to make its own. This is far more effective not to mention safer. So how do you do that….?
• Make sure you take Vitamin C daily; this acts a co-factor for collagen synthesis and we must have it in order to maintain our connective tissue.
• We can take “Collagen Precursors” orally, in the form of a health supplement, which switch on the mechanism in the body (fibroblast) to make our own collagen.
• And avoid unprotected UV exposure, cigarette smoke and high sugar consumption as these degrade natural collagen fibres.
The good news is that the MedColl supplement contains a high dose Vitamin C and a unique patent-pending collagen precursor complex formulated with the assistance of The Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research Centre. Its unique delivery system and its scientific formulation of collagen precursors encourage the body to make more of its own collagen and results are visible within just 45 days. It offers a holistic anti-aging supplement and all-natural alternative to cosmetic surgery and fillers
MedColl is available at leading pharmacies across the UAE priced AED 295.
Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.