Frequently Asked Questions About Collagen FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions About Collagen FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is collagen?
As a struct protein collagen is supporting the firmness of connective tissue. Collagen is found wherever elasticity and firmness are needed:
in the skin, joints, bones, muscles and even in the teeth. It is a struct protein which is representing 30% of all proteins in the human body.
Collagen is an important component of the skin, the stronger the collagen structure in the skin – the firmer the skin is. Starting at an age of approx. 30 years the skin and connective tissue starts to change and first wrinkles are occurring.
Is collagen good for hair?
Collagen is being processed to amino acids by the body, which can e.g. stimulate hair growth. Amino acids are needed to produce keratine – the main part of human hair. Collagen is also acting as an antioxidant able to repair damaged hair follicles. It relieves problems such as hair break and spliss.
Due to its antioxidant effect, it can also help reducing grey hair. Free radicals are influencing the production of melanin, a substance responsible for the colour of the hair. As collagen contributes to the strength and elasticity of the skin it also prevents age-related hair loss.
Does Collagen prevent Cellulite?
According to studies collagen can help to reduce cellulite and dents on the thighs. Already a daily intake of 2.5 grams of collagen peptides showed positive results after 6 months. Normal weight as well as overweight women observed a reduction of cellulite.11
10. For the entire paragraph, see Die Techniker Krankenkasse (2019): “How does cellulite develop?”
11. Compare Schunck, M. et al. (2015): Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology.
In: Journal of Medicinal Food, 18 (12), p. 1340-1348.
Does plant based or vegan Collagen exist?
Collagen is only occurring in humans or animals; therefor vegan collagen simply does not exist. There is no vegan food containing collagen – it is without exceptions animal based.
Collagen is a protein found only in animals. Collagen is the most frequently occurring protein in the human body. Collagen alone represents approx. 33% of all proteins in the entire organism. However, vegetable or vegan collagen does not occur in nature.
What is the difference between Hyaluronic Acid und Collagen?
In different aspects the effect of hyaluronic acid and collagen are comparable. Hyaluronic acid is occurring naturally in the connective tissue of the skin, in the eyes and joints. It acts like a type of lubricant. Hyaluronic acid binds humidity and contributes to a fresh look smoothening and upholstering the skin from the inside. The collagen structure is the base supporting the firmness of the skin. Only if this structure is working, hyaluronic acid can spread out in the skin in order to smoothen and upholster it.
Is collagen healthy?
Collagen has a positive effect on the body as free radicals are reducing oxidative stress. If can further activate the antioxidant enzymes in the skin. Even in high dosages there is no toxic effects on the body to be observed. Even in high dosages there is no toxic effects on the body to be observed.As there are different peptides, there are also different types of collagen.
How does collagen work?
Approx. 60 % of the human body are made of water. Collagen has the characteristic to store water and contributes to the mechanic stabilization of human tissue. With increasing age the amount of collagen in the skin layers is decreasing. This leads to a decrease of fat- and water content as well resulting in loss of elasticity of the skin making (wrinkles, cracks, etc.). By regulating the water content in the body the skin remains flexible and more elastic.
How is Collagen being produced in the body?
The process of building-up collagen in the connective tissue cells is taking place in three steps. In the first stage the cells are combining three protein-chains together creating a collagen-molecule which is the base structure of the collagen. This is how the basic structure of collagen is formed. The remaining process of building-up collagen is happening outside the cells. Enzymes are removing the end of the peptides which are therefore able to connect with the collagen-molecule. During this process cross bridges are created building a stable structure. More collagen molecules are connecting to fibrils which together built a collagen fibre. As different peptides exist, there are also different types of collagen.
What is Collagen good for?
Collagen represents approx. 75% of the skins dry mass. As a key building blocks of the skin structure collagen fibres are the base for elastin which contributes to maintaining the flexibility of the skin, as well as for hyaluronic acid binding moisture.
Articular cartilage is made of cell building blocks (chondroyzytics) producing an extra cellular matrix. This extra cellular matrix is made of collagen and proteoglycans as lubricant for the joint.
How fast is Collagen showing Results?
Already a regular intake of 10 grams of collagen leads to results being achieved. Most users realise a change in the skin after an intake of approximately 2 weeks.
Which Food contain Collagen?
One of the most important sources of collagen is the broth of beef, chicken or fish. During the cooking-process the structure protein is extracted from the bones. Besides that other parts like neck, shoulder, pork skin or seafood contains collagen. Other food like red fruits, oatmeal and vegetables are only boosting the collagen production in the body or slowing-down the reduction of the structure protein during digestion. Only consuming regular food does very often not cover the body`s need of collagen.
How much Collagen per day?
There is no recommended daily allowance of collagen. As the production of collagen is decreasing during the aging-process a higher amount of collagen is needed. Studies show that a daily intake of additional 10 grams of collagen is recommended. Overdosage is not harmful as the body uses as much as necessary and rejects the remaining collagen. The body is not able to store collagen in the system and therefore a daily intake is needed.
Collagen during pregnancy
The need of collagen during pregnancy is increased. Many advisers recommend to take collagen during pregnancy. Collagen can also prevent strechmarks during and after pregnancy. Hydrolized collagen peptides type 1 have been categorized as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the USFDA and the EFSA. We recommend to consult your doctor prior to the intake of collagen during pregnancy.
Can you overdose Collagen?
Collagen is not toxic. An extreme overdose can lead to digestion problems, dizziness and feeling unwell. Over dosage is not harmful as the body uses as much as necessary and rejects the remaining collagen.
Is collagen carcinogenic?
No, on the contrary, collagen can even prevent cancer. The positive effects of the structural protein include fighting free radicals in the body. This avoids oxidative stress, which is considered to be one of the causes of cancer development.
Can Collagen act from the Inside?
The reason for aging skin are to be found in the deeper layers of the skin. Topic creams and ointments do not reach these areas. The oral intake of collagen has a positive holistic effect and works from inside. Collagen peptides in High Collagen Shots have a very high bioavailability. They can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and reduce signs of aging. It keeps joints, hair, bones and the connective tissue healthy and strong.
Are Collagen drinks harmful?
High Collagen Shots are not harmful at all. The active ingredients can cross the intestinal boarder into the blood and from there in the deeper skin layers. Over dosage is not harmful as the body uses as much as necessary and eliminates the remaining collagen.
How high is my individual need for Collagen?
The individual need of collagen depends on different factors. The recommended daily intake is influenced by age, weight, metabolism and indication. Generally, 10 g per day are considered sufficient.
Studies have proofen that a daily intake of 10g SOLUGEL® collagen peptides per day show best results.
Athletes and elderly people have a higher need of collagen up to 20 g per day which may differ individually.
Does Collagen help to strengthen Bones and Joints?
Collagen Peptides in High Collagen Shots strengthen your bones. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies suggest that orally-administered collagen peptides (10g per day during 24 weeks) may have beneficial effects on bone metabolism. Collagen Shots stimulate osteoblast proliferation and collagen gene expression while inhibiting bone resorption by osteoclasts. The combination of these effects results in increased mineral density and physical strength of the bones (3,4,5,6,7). Several studies suggest positive effects of collagen peptides for elderly people with low mineral density, such as postmenopausal woman(7). The effects on bone formation of the combined intake of collagen peptide and calcium in prepubertal children has also been proven (8) .
How many calories has a Collagen Shot?
One High Collagen Shot with 10 g collagen peptides has 47 kcal.