Many people know of collagen - however, not many people know exactly what it is, where it’s from or what it does.
Collagen, as most people know it, is known as the main structural protein found in the skin and other collective tissues. Its use in cosmetic surgery is most commonly known, however, there are many creams and capsules that can be taken, all to aid and support the growth of hair, skin and nails.
People know about collagen from the broadest of terms, but not many people know the little nuances and tidbits that make collagen such a powerhouse.
Today, we’re taking a look at 5 facts/myths about collagen, let’s begin.
Fact: There are many different types of collagen.There are over 16 types of collagen that are naturally produced in the body. Of those, 80-90% of all collagen belong to only 3 types. These various types have different functions and structures.
Myth: We produce collagen naturally, so there’s no need to pump any more into ourselves. While our bodies may very well indeed produce collagen, studies have shown that production of collagen can begin to decline as early as your mid-20s.
Fact: You can damage your collagen production. While there are ways to build and aid collagen production, there are definitely ways to damage it. The three main killers are:
- Smoking - This hinders wound healing and can potentially lead to wrinkles.
- Too much sun - UV radiation can also reduce your body’s ability to produce collagen.
- Sugars & refined Carbs - Too much and your collagen will struggle to repair itself.
Myth: I’ll see results immediately. It’s a marathon, not a sprint so if it's worth doing, it’s worth doing well - this is because there is a lot of work to be done on the inside, to encourage the body's natural collagen production. Studies have shown that although you may see results in as little as six weeks - it can take up to three months for the full benefits to be seen.
Myth: The only way to get good collagen is via bone broth. False! While bone broth may be promoted as a good source of collagen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.
We at Qsilica have developed a plant-based, vegan verified Pro Collagen formula that contains patented Ceramosides, a natural wheat seed extract.We have researched and developed a formulation combining Ceramosides, colloidal mineral silica, acerola berry and vitamin C to help encourage your own collagen production, naturally. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself.
We hope that this article has shed some light into what is fact and what is myth about collagen production and has served as a guide for those just discovering collagen.