Collagen: The Fiction Behind the Fad
Dr. George Wootan, MD has practiced family medicine for over 40 years and focuses specifically on Functional Medicine. Our thanks to Dr. Wootan for providing scientifically based answers to so many of today’s nutrition questions.
Q: Will collagen powder help my skin and joints?
Dr. George’s answer:
Collagen is a fad. Collagen is a protein that binds tissues. As a result, it is called the body’s scaffolding and is the most abundant protein in the body.
Proteins cannot be absorbed directly through the digestive system (or even if injected). This means that when you ingest collagen, it is broken down into the building blocks of proteins, which are amino acids. The RNA in the cells then puts the amino acids together to make the proteins you need including collagen. (Note: Collagen is not a complete protein. It’s only made up of 3 amino acids, not 9, so pure collagen powder does not have the same muscle-building, recovery boosting abilities as complete protein powders like Shaklee Life Shake or Instant Protein.)
When people talk about ingesting collagen, they are saying that the body isn’t smart enough to take the amino acids you get from your diet to make the collagen you need.
Another problem is that you don’t know the details of where the collagen is sourced and the quality of it. Lead is sequestered in bone, and unless it is certified lead-free, you may be increasing the amount of lead in your body.
But as I’ve said, there is no point in ingesting collagen, because your body is just going to break it down into the three amino acids that comprise it.
So if you want to increase the amount of collagen in your skin, scrub your skin. Scrubbing stimulates your skin to produce more collagen. For your face, Shaklee’s YOUTH anti-aging skincare signals newly discovered youth protein cells in the skin to produce more collagen and elastin.
As for your joints, we recommend Shaklee Advanced Joint Health Complex.
So live well, have good nutrition, and save your resources to use products that have been scientifically proven to be effective.
Hope this helps.