Supplement Spotlight: Types of Collagen Supplements
Collagen supplements are becoming more and more popular, but do you know which type is best to take?
Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissue of the body—including the skin, hair, nails, bones, muscles, and joints. It’s naturally produced in the body, but collagen production slows with age.
That’s why people are turning to collagen supplements to support their skin, hair, joints, and bones as they get older.
Let’s look at 5 forms of collagen supplements
1️⃣ Type I Collagen
Type I collagen is the most abundant protein found in humans and an essential building block of skin💋
2️⃣ Type II Collagen
Type II collagen is the main type found in cartiliage, making it necessary for joint health🏃
3️⃣ Type III Collagen
Type III collagen works synergistically with type I to support skin health and is also needed to strengthen bones🦴
4️⃣ Type V Collagen
Type V collagen works synergistically with type II to support joints and is also concentrated in the hair👩🦰
5️⃣ Collagen Peptides (Hydrolyzed)
When a collagen product says it’s hydrolyzed, that means the protein has been broken down into smaller peptides for better digestive absorption. This also makes them easy to dissolve in liquids☕
So, the best type of collagen for you depends on your health goals. Plus, many products come as a mixture of collagen types.
💊 Collagen supplements can be taken as powders, capsules, or liquids. You can dissolve collagen powder in cold or hot beverages (even your morning coffee) or mix it into foods like yogurt or oatmeal.
Drop me a comment if you’re already taking it! ⤵️
Tracey Mixon is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, certified functional medicine health coach, and Founder of Desire To Live Now. After a lifelong battle with autoimmune disease, Tracey was introduced to Functional Medicine in 2012 which not only transformed her health but her life. Tracey became a nurse practitioner to help anyone who desires to optimize their health with lifestyle medicine and combat health disparities amongst minority communities.