Looking for easy ways to improve skin health? Here's what the research suggests: hydrolyzed collagen supplementation may improve hallmarks of skin aging.
Collagen is the most abundant structural protein found in animals. Hydrolyzed collagen, collagen that has been broken down to be better dissolved, may be a promising supplement to combat skin aging.
A systematic review, including 19 studies, concluded that for 20-70 year olds, supplementation of hydrolyzed collagen for 90 days improves skin hydration and elasticity, and also reduces wrinkles.
Similarly, a study showed that supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen for 8 weeks improved hallmarks of skin aging, for those aged 40-65 years old. This improvement was seen at 4 weeks, and was still apparent at 12 weeks.
As we age, collagen production declines, skin becomes drier, and less elastic - leading to wrinkles and skin aging. Collagen supplementation may intervene in these processes.
The Hearty Take
At Hearty, we believe that collagen consumption and supplementation may contribute to improved skin. However, we also acknowledge that more research is needed. Talk to your physician about starting a collagen supplementation routine. Results have been seen for adults after 1 month of supplementation. You can also increase collagen by consuming bone broth, high quality eggs, fish, chicken, garlic and berries.