Collagen: The Fiction Behind the Fad

 February 12, 2019
Posted by Kim Reed

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.


Master the Possible | Illuminating Possibilities: This blog is dedicated to the notion that success leaves clues. And, let me offer the disclaimer that none of this is new. None of my revelations are original. Certainly, beginning with the ubiquitous success reference is evidence already. I actually believe that there really is nothing new under the sun. All anyone does, especially when it comes to self-help or actualization is merely rearrange the material. If you think about it, you might say that most (all?) non-fiction writers become best-sellers because of how they organize and communicate the material. The material is not new, only their way of saying it is.

My learning comes from a myriad of sources, modalities and mentors. I strive to give credit in all cases so that readers may access the source(s) directly. I have benefited from many life pursuits including that of a professional actor. As of now, the primary learning lab is my work as a marketing, recruiting and training coordinator with TeamONE, a group in partnership with Shaklee Corporation. Thus, much reference is made within that context.

I don’t always know what I’m doing nor do I claim to be an expert. I reserve the right to get it wrong and make mistakes. I am figuring it out as I go. I believe there are many roads to greatness, many paths to God. The one that is right, is the one that’s right for you. I endeavor to share what works for me in the hope that others may have an easier road to travel. Simply put, my intention is to be an illuminator of possibilities. Shine on! ~ Kim