What Does Taking Collagen Supplements Do?

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Collagen is a protein that provides connective tissues to joints, muscles, tendons, bones and skin. It is naturally produced by our bodies. According to Dr. David Nelson in his article for the Center of Advanced Medicine, as people age, the natural production of collagen slows down.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center it is actually vitamin C that produces collagen in our bodies. Collagen supplements can help with a number of health issues.


Collagen supplements can help your skin look younger and smoother. As you lose collagen you skin may become saggy and wrinkles appear.


As you begin the natural process of collagen loss you will begin to feel aches and pains in your joints. Collagen supplements allow you to still take part in activities you love.


If you are lacking in collagen you will notice a change in your hair. Collagen supplements help the dryness and brittleness of hair.


Collagen supplements can be helpful for your dental health. Gum disease and weaker teeth are caused in part by the lack of vitamin C leading to a lack of collagen.


Read labels of collagen supplements carefully and look for vitamin C in the list. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not endorse supplements and taking them will be at your own risk.