Do Collagen Supplements Work?

I am asked at least 20 times a day: “Do Collagen Supplements Work? As a doctor, my first goal, as Hippocrates so simply said, is “do no harm.”   The truth is, the collagen powders and pills you see on the market today do no harm. Collagen is a protein, like chicken or fish. So they certainly can’t hurt. But I’m also a woman. And like any other woman, I enjoy looking my best. Now I know that collagen gives your skin its “structural support.” A healthy supply of skin collagen not only prevents wrinkles from forming, it also gives your skin the elasticity to keep it smooth and healthy looking. But can these collagen powders help put more collagen in your skin?

Let’s look at the scientific facts. As I said, collagen is a protein. When you ingest collagen, your body breaks down that collagen into amino acids. Just like it would if you ate chicken, fish or steak. You have no control over how your body uses those amino acids. While it’s true, your body uses certain amino acids in the process of making collagen, your body cannot distinguish between the amino acids that came from last night’s meal or from this morning’s dose of collagen powder you may have tried.   Now here’s the encouraging part…

You have cells in your body known as fibroblasts. Fibroblasts make collagen. The key to adding lost collagen is “re-igniting” the fibroblasts that slow down in efficiency as you get older. Actually, past the age of 21.   There is only one compound that I know that has the ability to send your fibroblasts into “over drive.” It’s called ch-OSA®. I have seen the clinical trials in published medical journals. The results are quite impressive. A 30% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. An 89% increase in skin elasticity.   And the increase in collagen has a direct effect on your hair. In fact, the clinical trials showed a 13% increase in hair diameter and hair strength. And it’s been proven 100% safe. I’ve only seen one product that contains ch-OSA. It’s called BioSil®. So when you ask “do collagen supplements work,” I’ll answer yes, but only if it contains clinically proven ch-OSA.   Now that’s the “Truth in Beauty”

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