Collagen and Hair Loss
Collagen is a protein that plays a crucial role in several different functions within our body. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies. The protein gives our skin strength and elasticity. It also helps replace dead skin cells. However, our ability to produce collagen declines around the age of thirty. When we age, we do not produce collagen at the same rate that we used to. This causes our skin to become more fragile, and for wrinkles to form. A lot of people don’t know that collagen also plays a role in hair growth and development. When our body is unable to make collagen in the way that it used to, our hair production also declines.
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to suggest that taking collagen will help boost hair growth. There are articles online about the positive effects of collagen supplements, but these articles are trying to sell you their product. The truth is that collagen supplements sold online are often mixed with other essential oils and vitamins which are what truly affect hair growth.
Collagen supplements often contain antioxidants. Antioxidants fight off the free radicals that cause aging, but antioxidants are found in many common fruits. Blueberries, strawberries, and artichokes are a few foods that are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals within our bodies. This prevents aging, but it does not specifically fight against hair loss or spur on hair growth. Additionally, ensure that you are getting lots of omega 3 and omega 6. These nutrients hydrate our hair naturally.
Overall, collagen supplements do not have the scientific backing to garner doctor’s trust. Many doctors believe that collagen taken orally is broken down in the GI tract and that none will ever make it to the bloodstream. There has been some evidence that points to chains of amino acids entering the bloodstream after ingesting collagen, but this does not prove that the amino acids will ever directly benefit skin or hair health. The benefits presented by collagen tablets can be found in a simple dietary change. Increasing intake of antioxidants and healthy fats works just the same.
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