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What’s the deal with collagen supplements?
Collagen, the single most common protein in animals, is best known for giving structure and shape to the skin — though it’s also present in bones, muscles, and connective tissues. As we age or are subjected to external aggressors like UV radiation and pollution, collagen starts to break down.
Treatment options include lasers, injections, creams and serums, but there is also another category that’s growing in popularity: ingesting collagen supplements such as collagen powder, tablets, liquids, and even health bars.
“Supplementing with collagen has research-proven benefits for skin including improved hydration,” says Joy McCarthy, a certified holistic nutritionist and Genuine Health spokesperson. “Collagen nourishes the dermis and increases the manufacture of hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1000x its weight in water and give the skin a youthful look.”
Think you might want to give collagen supplements a shot? We’ve rounded up some of the best products that are available in Canada.
(Related: Should I Be Taking Collagen?)
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Collagen supplements: Ancient Nutrition
This unflavoured pick from Ancient Nutrition contains collagen from bovine, fish and chicken—all of which are from non-GMO, grass-fed, cage-free,and cruelty-free sources. This unique collagen blend means it can offer the benefits of not one but three different sources, making it a source of collagen I, II and III. Enjoy it in the morning with breakfast, adding it to a coffee or smoothie, or even pancakes or oatmeal. Prefer a flavoured option? Try Ancient Nutrition’s chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla-flavoured collagen protein.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Pure 456g, $47, houseofwellness.ca