A Collagen Diet Or an Ultra-Pure Collagen Supplement?

If you’re looking for an effective collagen diet, I have some suggestions for you.  Collagen is produced within the body, but production slows down with age.  Nutritional deficiencies reduce production even further.  If the subject is not addressed, it can result in sagging, wrinkled skin and joint problems. 

The makers of ultra-pure collagen dietary supplements would have you believe that they provide the magic pill, the ultimate solution to aging skin and achy joints, all wrapped up in one little capsule.  The truth is somewhat different.  What you really want to see in a collagen diet is the nutrients that support the body’s ability to produce the protein. 

You see, ultra-pure collagen supplements will be broken down into the component amino acids as it passes through the stomach.  The amino acids will then be used by the body to produce whatever is needed.  The vital organs get first crack at any nutrients passing through the bloodstream.  The skin, particularly the outer layer of epidermis, is pretty neglected. 

As far as the joints go, an ultra-pure collagen supplement will not help you as much as one containing omega 3 fatty acids, specifically the omega 3 called DHA.  Research has shown that a fish oil supplement improves joint function and flexibility in people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.  They are able to cut back on their pain meds and move about more freely in the morning.  Research has also shown that an omega 3 fish oil supplement increases the skin’s firmness by 10% after three months.

So, fish oil is a component of an effective collagen diet.  Not because it is needed to create elastic fibers, but because it is needed to moisturize and provide nourishment.  All of the diet gurus are now recommending increased intake of fish and fish oils.  You just need to be careful, because some companies do not use molecular distillation to reduce contaminants like mercury and PCBs.

Manufacturers of ultra-pure collagen supplements also claim that they will help you lose weight.  While it is true that protein is satisfying and may help reduce your appetite, a better choice is to increase your protein intake through the foods that you eat. 

Proteins are broken down into component amino acids, as I mentioned above.  Complete proteins contain all of the essential amino acids, including those that are needed for the body to produce collagen, elastin, keratin and other important proteins. 

So, an effective collagen diet is rich in lean protein, such as chicken and fatty fish.  Eggs are a complete protein as well, but you don’t want to go overboard on them. 

If you were thinking about an ultra-pure collagen supplement to improve your skin’s appearance, a better alternative is a keratin-rich moisturizing cream that you apply directly.  Creams containing bio-active keratin have been shown to stimulate the production of skin cells and elastic fibers.  They have also been shown to increase firmness by 40% in as little as three weeks. 

A good collagen diet should be good for you overall health.  A good moisturizer should be good for your skin’s health.  That’s the bottom line.