Collagen is one of those beauty buzzwords that you’ve probably heard of.
It has become a popular ingredient in all kinds of skincare products, as well as dietary supplements thanks to its impressive array of benefits for the skin, joints, and muscles.
But did you know that there are many different types of Collagen? Some Collagen formulas, like VERISOL® Collagen, are backed by significant scientific research.
So what is the best type of Collagen? Read on to find out more.
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What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that your body produces naturally. Roughly 30% of our total body protein is made up of Collagen.
Collagen is a crucial building block of our joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, skin, hair, and nails. It is also one of the essential structural components of our connective tissues and blood vessels — which is why it’s often referred to as the body’s scaffolding.
Unfortunately, natural Collagen production decreases with age. After 25 years old, Collagen production starts to decline and you start to lose about 1-2% each year. Poor diet, excessive exposure to sunshine, and smoking can also accelerate the reduction of natural Collagen production.
Visible signs of a decrease in Collagen can often be seen in the skin, which include fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, and a loss of firmness.
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What are the different types of Collagen?
There are many types of Collagen. Types I, II, and III make up 80-90% of your body’s total Collagen.
- Type I: Made up of densely packed fibers which provide structure to your skin, bones, teeth, cartilage, and connective tissues.
- Type II: Found primarily in the joints and cartilage, and is more loosely packed than type I — permitting greater flexibility and mobility.
- Type III: Mainly found in the skin and bones, but like type I, also supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.
- Type IV: Present in the various layers of your skin, and provides your body’s largest organ with a protective barrier.
Most Collagen supplements are made from a single type, or mixture of these 4 types of Collagen.
What is VERISOL® Collagen?
VERISOL® Collagen is a trademarked and highly bioactive formula containing Collagen types I and III. It works by stimulating the innate production of Collagen at a cellular level.
The specific peptides of VERISOL® Collagen have particular regenerative benefits for the skin. These Collagen peptides work within the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate Collagen production, and replace Collagen which may have been lost through ageing or environmental factors.
What are Collagen-rich foods?
Collagen is found in the skin and bones of animals such as chicken and pork. Bone broth is a particularly rich source of Collagen as it is made by boiling down the bones of chicken or beef.
Supplementation with a Collagen peptide powder is another fail-safe way to ensure you are getting sufficient Collagen from your diet.
What is the difference between Collagen and Collagen peptides?
Collagen peptides, also known as hydrolyzed Collagen, is the amino acid form of the protein Collagen.
Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable, and have one of the best absorption rates. This is due to the fact that the Collagen is hydrolyzed, meaning it has already been broken down from a protein into smaller chains of amino acids — so the body has less work to do.
After digestion, Collagen peptides can get straight to work stimulating other cells to produce new Collagen. By contrast, Gelatin forms contain Collagen which is only partially broken down into amino acids.
What is the best Collagen peptides powder?
VERISOL® Collagen is one of the most studied and effective forms of Collagen for skin health.
The specific peptides within VERISOL® Collagen have been shown to:
- Stimulate skin metabolism
- Improve skin elasticity
- Reduce wrinkles and visible signs of ageing
- Improve skin firmness and smoothness
- Reduce cellulite
- Promote nail health and strength
What is VERISOL® Collagen made from?
There are different types of VERISOL® Collagen available on the market.
- VERISOL® P — made from porcine Collagen
- VERISOL® B — made from bovine Collagen
- VERISOL® F — made from raw fish Collagen
Collagen supplements are typically derived from three sources:
- Animals such as beef and pork
- Marine sources such as farmed or wild fish
- Plant-based sources such as plant vegetable sugars
Our VERISOL® Collagen is derived from grass-fed bovine Collagen.
What are the benefits of VERISOL® Collagen?
Over 20 years of research indicates that the inclusion of Collagen peptides in the diet can lead to various improvements in overall health.
Some alternative doctors are even using Collagen in the treatment of leaky gut syndrome.
When it comes to skin, nail and hair health, VERISOL® Collagen is one of the most researched forms on the market.
Some of the research to date:
Higher skin elasticity
In a study of 69 women aged 35 to 55 years, VERISOL® Collagen peptides led to up to 15% higher skin elasticity when compared to a placebo.
After taking VERISOL® Collagen peptides for 4 weeks, 100 women reported a significant decrease in wrinkles, as well as increasing the Collagen content in the skin by 60%.
Decrease in cellulite
In a study of 105 women who took a daily dose of 2.5g of VERISOL® Collagen peptides for 6 months, the appearance of cellulite was significantly reduced — with first results visible after 3 months.
Healthier nails and hair
After taking VERISOL® Collagen peptides for 6 months, participants in a recent study reported a 42% decrease in cracked and/or chipped nails, as well as improved nail length and growth.
How much VERISOL® Collagen should I take per day?
We recommend taking a 5 gram serving of VERISOL® Collagen per day. Preclinical and clinical research suggests that the effective amounts of functional Collagen peptides ranges between 2.5 g to 15 g per day.
What is the best time of day to take VERISOL® Collagen?
Currently, there are no conclusive scientific studies that determine the best time to take Collagen.
Our Nutrition Experts recommend taking VERISOL® Collagen in the morning on an empty stomach. Simply add your collagen peptide powder to any hot or cold beverage including smoothies, coffee, juice or water. Our non-GMO powder formula is unflavored and sugar-free to promote gut microbiome health.
Peptide powder, unlike Gelatin, won’t congeal — so you can mix it into any base of your choosing without affecting the texture.
How long does it take for VERISOL® Collagen to work?
Most of the research behind VERISOL® Collagen is based on a minimum of 3 months of daily and consistent use.
At hundred, our Nutrition Experts always recommend taking vitamins for 3-month cycles in order to achieve optimal absorption and reap lasting health benefits.
The bottom line
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