Collagen - Why Do You Need It?

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Collagen has certainly been a trendy supplement option over the last several years. Just walk into your nearest health store, supplement shop, or even beauty aisle and you'll see options abound.

But what is it and what is the best way to take it?


What is collagen?

Collagen describes a family of proteins that comprise the most abundant proteins in the animal kingdom. In fact, there are at least 28 kinds of collagen that we know of that exist in vertebrates (yes, us humans included), but types I, II and III are the most common in the human body.

Collagen is responsible for healthy joints and skin elasticity and stretchiness. It's in your bones, muscles and blood, comprising three quarters of your skin and a third of the protein in your body. As you age, your existing collagen breaks down and it gets harder for your body to produce.

Collagen can be found in foods, such as bone broths and animals meats, including the skin.

Benefits of collagen

Research has shown that collagen taken as a supplement has many benefits.

Why use the Transdermal Collagen Patch?

Woman's hand holding a collagen patchThe slow release topical delivery bypasses the stomach and liver avoiding gut irritation and increasing the bioavailability and efficacy.

Some people report unpleasant taste with their collagen powders. The most common tastes reported are from the collagen itself (which some people describe as strong) or from the flavoring (which can be either too saccharine or comes with a tangy or bitter aftertaste).

The unpleasant taste side-effect is avoided using a transdermal collagen patch.

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