The Forms of Collagen
Nowadays, collagen comes in many forms. Not only can you choose the source of collagen in your preferred supplement, but you can also find the form that fits your lifestyle. Here are some common forms of collagen supplements and their benefits:
Topical collagen products: Skincare creams, serums, and masks are supposed to deposit collagen directly into the skin to boost skin firmness and texture. However, the collagen fibers are too big to penetrate the skin barrier. For this reason, the anti-aging benefits of collagen can only be realized by consuming collagen and healing from the inside out.
Collagen powder: The most common form of collagen is powder. This is one of the most versatile forms of collagen, as it can be added to smoothies, soups, coffee, and more.
Gelatin: Specialty collagen gelatin powders can also be found. However, this isn't the baking gelatin you'll find in the grocery store. Gelatin is a partially cooked form of collagen that offers the gelling properties of traditional gelatin. It's great to cook with, but not always ideal for recipes such as in coffee or tea.
Collagen capsules/pills: Collagen capsules are filled with collagen powder. Some people prefer this form to avoid having to make a cup of coffee or another recipe in order to up their collagen intake. Collagen capsules are easy to consume on the go at the gym or office.
Collagen fillers: Collagen fillers can also be injected into the skin. They are a temporary way to decrease fine lines and wrinkles and help the skin look firm and youthful. Although effective, the results decrease after time and of course, this can only be used to improve skin appearance rather than getting multiple benefits from your collagen "supplement". If you decide to get collagen fillers, the results can be prolonged by also taking a collagen supplement.
Because collagen is produced naturally within the body, there is no risk of allergic reaction. Before you begin any supplement, you should seek medical advice from a trusted doctor. With that said, the side effects of collagen are very mild and often limited to upset stomach from consuming too much.
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