Is collagen powder a waste of money?

Is collagen powder a waste of money?

There's been some misleading information recently in the press about collagen powder. Usually we ignore it and stay in our lane, especially because we hear from so many of you about the skin-boosting benefits you get from taking it! 

We received a few emails asking whether collagen powder is really all it's cracked up to be, so we thought we would address the myths head on with some evidence based information to put your mind at ease...

Myth 1: Collagen powder is damaged by heat

Large collagen molecules can be affected by heat but small, hydrolysed peptides (the type you'll find in Skinful ) can withstand heat up to 300°C!  This makes Skinful one of the few protein powders that can be used in hot drinks. 

For those who are interested, here's a cool study to back up this claim.

Myth 2: You need to take 10g of collagen a day

Our manufacturer recommends 5g to 10g a day, and when we first launched Skinful we recommended you take 10g for the first month. After a few months we received lots of feedback from customers and Nutritional Therapists who were seeing the benefits using just 5g. We therefore changed our label and now recommend 5g. 

However, dosage is highly personal depending on health, metabolism, age and many other factors, so it’s best to consult a Nutritional Therapist if you have any specific concerns.


Myth 3: Collagen powder doesn't survive stomach acid

We consulted Nutritional Therapist, Susie Debice BSc Hons, Dip ION, who says:

“When it comes to the bonds between the amino acids in the long peptide chains, most are easily broken by the action of stomach acid. However, one particular amino acid, hydroxyproline, found linked to proline or glycine in a collagen peptide chain, forms incredibly strong bonds that are pretty resistant even to the toughest of proteolytic enzymes. Why is this important? Because the dipeptides and tripeptides containing hydroxyproline get readily absorbed across the small intestine and play a key role in the way your body produces its own collagen."

Skinful is high in these amino acids and we post our full amino acid profile on the Skinful product page.

By Liv Evans

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