People Everywhere Are Drinking Collagen — Here’s Why
At a recent dinner with girlfriends, our conversation took an odd turn (no surprise) and I learned that half the group swore on the magic of drinking collagen. WTF, my friends are actually cray, I thought. I can barely stomach the smell of my boyfriend’s protein powder shakes, so why on earth would I intentionally sprinkle collagen in my morning smoothie or juice? Don’t our bodies already make collagen, and could too much of a good thing be, well, bad?
“Ingestible collagen, such as in shakes, supplements, or powders, does not have any major proven benefit over ingesting any other form of protein,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). Your body absorbs and digests collagen into the basic building blocks of protein (amino acids), which are repurposed to support your skin, bones, and muscle. She tells us there’s no evidence that shows that collagen is more successful at doing that than a basic protein shake. “And a protein shake is usually less expensive.”
Source: Health – People Everywhere Are Drinking Collagen — Here’s Why By, Susan Brickell