For most of the people it is complicated to understand what are the differences between the collagen that is occurring in our body, and the collagen that are sold as dietary supplements, so here is a brief Collagen Q&A -section with some short facts about collagen.
Collagen is a protein, which is naturally produced by the body. It is the main component of the connective tissue, making up approximately 30–35% of the body's protein content. It is mostly found in several body tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones, plus it is the primary component of the skin, comprising around eighty percent of its dry weight. It is responsible for the skin's firmness and provides healthy skin its smooth appearance. Collagen also increases dermis density, which means it reduces cellulite. Collagen works in many different ways in the body, as improving bone stability, bone flexibility, building up joint cartilage, plus strengthening ligaments and tendons.
Collagen supplements on the other hand, usually contain either basic collagen protein powders (high molecular weight) or high-end collagen peptides (low molecular weight). The high-end versions are so called short chain peptides, which may work in specific parts of the body, unlike the basic collagen proteins. Most of the collagen supplements sold on the market contain basic collagen protein, which hardly ever provide any kind of benefits for the skin, joints or bones. There are only a few companies on the market, that sell the high-quality collagen peptides with low molecular weight.
What happens to our collagen production with ageing?
At the age of 25, our collagen production starts to slow down at a rate of 1–2 percent per year. This depletion of collagen can appear in many different ways. For example our skin starts to age and lose its elasticity, plus wrinkles start to form. Also we start to experience pain in joints and tendons. Ageing is caused by internal factors, but also external factors, such as lifestyle and sun exposure.
What is the benefit of consuming specific hydrolyzed collagen peptides compared to the bulk collagen powders?
There are multiple collagen peptide products on the market and most of these collagen products have a molecular weight of more than 5000. This means that these "bulk" collagen peptides are just basic collagen proteins, which are not able to pass through the intestinal wall like the specifically manufactured high-end collagen peptides with a molecular weight of between 5000 and 10000.
What makes your collagen products special and how do they work?
Here at Skin Collagen® we only offer high-end collagen peptide powders that have been manufactured through a specific hydrolysis process, which may enable them to pass through the intestinal wall by more than 85%, and may be distributed to the specific connective tissues of the body. These collagen peptides may help counteract the effects of collagen depletion by many different ways, depending on the hydrolysis process. One of our product is designed to help decrease cellulite and to help stimulate fibroblast activity to produce new collagen and proteoglycans in the second layer of the skin called dermis. Our other specialty product is developed to help stimulate chondrocyte activity in the cartilage tissue, which may help people to maintain normal joint function. We also offer collagen peptides which are designed to help stimulate osteoblast activity, which may lead to improved bone stability and flexibility.
What makes your collagen products unique from the competition?
We only offer precision collagen products that are designed for specific needs, and we do not offer bulk products. All our collagen powders contain solely precision collagen peptides without any additives. No flavors, no sweeteners or any fillers – just the purest form of collagen peptides, and nothing else. We do not even offer collagen peptides in any capsules or tablets, due to their small daily doses. All our products are packed in high-end glass jars that protect and improve the quality of our premium collagen peptide powders.
What are the recommended daily doses and is it safe to take higher doses?
Each product has a recommended daily intake, equal to those in clinical studies. So, there is no point to increase the daily dose beyond that, though there are no known negative side effects with higher doses either.
When can I expect some results with the use of Skin Collagen products?
All our products are the absolute best collagen products on the market, but results may vary from person to person. This depends on the age, weight and metabolism of the person. For example, some of our customers have reported positive results within the first 2 weeks of using Skin Collagen® powder, but with joint, bone and body collagen peptides, we recommend using the product for at least two months. For best results, use continuously.
What does your collagen peptides taste like and how should I use them?
All our collagen powders have a really mild taste and they mix instantly with almost any liquid.
What is the best time of the day to enjoy Skin Collagen products?
This is one of the major issues when consuming high-end collagen peptides. All our precision collagen peptide powders (Skin Collagen, Joint Collagen, Bone Collagen) should be consumed only on an empty stomach, if you are looking for the best possible results. So, first in the morning, would most likely be the best time to enjoy our high-end collagen products.
Why I need to consume these products on an empty stomach?
The reason for this is so called osmolality, which means how rapidly the collagen peptide liquid may be able to pass through stomach. The longer the collagen peptide liquid stays on the stomach (and the longer the peptide chains are), the less affect the collagen peptides will have in the specific areas of the body, because enzymes and gastric acid start to break down the peptide chains into free form amino acids, which is not wanted. Osmolality is at its best when collagen peptide powder is consumed with plain water without any other ingredients. This way these precision collagen peptides may be able to pass intact through the digestive system (stomach and the intestinal wall), accumulating in the blood in just quarter of an hour. How the hydrolysis of the collagen has been made, affects greatly in which part of the specific connective tissue of the body the collagen peptides may be distributed and where the stimulating effect on the collagen production may happen. If the collagen peptide chains are long as in most of bulk collagen powders on the market, and/or collagen peptides are consumed with other foods or drinks as for example in smoothies, the results will most likely not be as good as desired.