Did You Eat Your Broccoli as a Child? Or, Feed it to Your Dog?
Collagen and specific vitamins important for younger looking skin-and hair(I hope!)
Remember sitting at the dinner table as a child and staring at the broccoli on your plate? Your mother may have said, “No dessert unless you finish your dinner.” She meant of course, including your vegetables. There was no use in pouting or whining, because that coconut cream pie was not coming your way until that plate was clean. If you were lucky enough to have a dog, you may have waited until your mom went into the kitchen, and then given it to the dog-most of them will eat what you give them
About a thousand years ago, when I sat at that table, the vegetables were kinder and smarter. Many of them were grown in an actual garden without actual pesticides. A faint memory survives of a circle of marigolds surrounding the garden as a protection from Bambi and Thumper. Your grandmother never heard of pesticides, because she had other thoughts on her mind, like the Great Depression and WWII.
Along came industrial agriculture and all of that changed. Now, one has to have a slice of land in order to grow vegetables, or in an urban setting, join a food cooperative. The problem with that last solution is that depending on the rules, you may have to buy in bulk. Our families are getting smaller, not larger. Newsflash: Kids are expensive!
A newly touted method of improving your skin, hair and nails is Collagen supplementation. As we age, our bodies begin losing the ability to make collagen. Is this a surprise to anyone over forty?
Recently, my favorite nail technician, Viviana de Cali, told me in her completely understandable Colombian Spanish that I should get liquid collagen to help my hair (or lack thereof.) Long ago, when they were handing out the hair, I suppose I was cutting class.
This sent me first to Dr. Google. Apparently, august bodies such as our own National Institutes of Health have been studying the efficacy of collagen supplementation. The studies, many of them from 2013-14, are not conclusive. Today, a similar search from 2017 from the same government library reported that the majority of subjects who were given collagen supplements did report improvements in skin elasticity and moisture. A smaller percentage thought that the supplements improved hair and nails.
Remember this about all academic studies: They are often supplanted with newer studies. That is the basic reason that science is science. Rather than flatlining, it evolves.
What exactly is Collagen? Let us think of it as the scaffolding that our tissues cling to. It is the predominant connective tissue. Healing is impossible without it. Some over the counter vitamins, like C and A stimulate nature to give you collagen. Anytime I have any cosmetic or other surgery, the bottle of chewable Vitamin C comes out of our medicine cabinet.
Perusing the NIH library, as well as the blogosphere, Collagen supplements come in many forms. While at an expensive department store, a very effective sales person may have tried to sell you a “collagen peptide face cream.” Here is the problem with that—the molecule is too large to penetrate the skin. This is where my thoughts return to my grandmother’s dinner table. Working from within your body may be better than slathering something on top of your face, particularly when the face cream has a hefty price tag.
She did not know the scientific reasons then, but your mother was right making you finish those pesticide-free veggies.
With over 150,000 different proteins lodged in your body, Collagen is the diva. Peptide is simply the term for amino acid chains. Amino acids are the building blocks of the whole shebang.
If you are able to get a collagen supplement with small peptides, or chains, this recipe may be able to bypass the hydrochloric acid of the stomach. As we learned in Nursing 101, any medicine in liquid form is better than a capsule. Liquids are absorbed faster, especially if you hold them under your tongue for a few seconds.
The collagen that I opted for came from GNC. It is a liquid and I will be reporting an update in a month or more. Coincidentally, this product also has vitamin C and pomegranate juice. Pomegranate is an anti-aging warrior. Along with Biotin, and my daily Vitamin C, my skin often gets complemented—even before Botox and fillers!
Besides the effect on your beauty regime, Collagen is also very helpful to the bones. I came across a duo of retired chiropractors while conversing with Dr. Google. They reported that collagen had actually repaired the doctor’s meniscus. I had mine repaired the old -fashioned way but bounced back like an eighteen-year-old. Is my salmon and vitamin C helping? Perhaps my homemade chicken soup, beloved by my friends and swimming in bioavailable collagen is the reason I bounce like a boomerang from any type of surgery.
I will report: You decide!