What exactly is collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein found in the body that plays powerful role in keeping the skin firm and elastic. It’s a crucial substance for maintaining youthful looks and accounts for almost 30% of all the protein in the human body.
Why do I need to improve the collagen levels in my skin?
From about the age of 20, we lose not more than 2% of the collagen in our skin each year. And when we reached 30, collagen production reduces significantly. Wrinkles, dry, blemished or thinning skin are the results of collagen loss.
What are the key benefits one might enjoy when drinking My Daily Collagen® everyday?
Everyone is different and the various benefits an individual might enjoy when drinking collagen daily will be subjective. However, here are a some commonly reported benefits when drinking collagen daily:
Reduced joint pains
Increased energy levels
Rejuvenated younger looking skin; less wrinkles and more hydrated
Faster recovery from intensive workouts
Much improved sleep
Decreased constipation-aids regular bowel movements
Improved hair condition; thicker, better growth and texture
Why does My Daily Collagen® have a lower collagen dosage compared to other collagen drinks in the market?
It has the right amount of dosage for daily intake at 1000mg to ensure daily requirement of collagen is supplied. Higher dosage of collagen will give you the instant effect. Once you stop desired results will not continue anymore. Higher dosage collagen can’t be taken regularly.
Is drinking My Daily Collagen® only meant for people currently experiencing skin issues, fine lines and wrinkles or stiff and painful joints?
No, drinking My Daily Collagen® will help maintain an all-round healthy active lifestyle. As they say, prevention is always the best policy. Maintaining high levels of collagen in your body long before your natural production begins to decline can only have a positive impact on your future years.
Who should drink My Daily Collagen®?
My Daily Collagen® is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who wants their skin to retain its youthful and healthy appearance.
Is collagen safe?
Yes. It is a natural supplement derived from natural ingredients, from the careful selection of raw materials through the entire manufacturing process in GMP and Japanese Ministry of Health approved facilities. Collagen has been long used all over the world in food and medicine, and clinical studies have indicated limited cases of fullness or unpleasant taste at the most, without adverse effects being noted. Most of the European makers set shelf life as 5 years from manufacturing. In our case, the usual expiry date is 3 years.We establish a shorter expiry date to guarantee the quality of the product during the entire cycle in a stricter standard than other markets.
What sets you aside from other brands that also caters collagen?
My Daily Collagen® increased the component of Royal Jelly and has a lot of benefits for the skin. Some of which are the following:
It is rich in nutrients: Vitamin B complex, amino acids and enzymes.
Has natural antibacterial and antibiotic properties
It is an anti-inflammatory
Has skin and wound healing properties
How does the collagen maintain its integrity, efficacy through the digestion process in the stomach and intestine, knowing that the acid environment can denature its protein components.
When collagen peptide is ingested, hydroxyproline peptides such as Pro-Hyp or Hyp-Gly appear in the blood ( ❻ ). This indicates that collagen peptide is not completely digested to free amino acids, but is digested partly into small peptides, which can be detected in the blood (Refs. 3,4). These hydroxyproline peptides stimulate cells in the skin, joints and bones ( ❼ ), and cell activation/suppression and/or growth is affected ( ❽ ) leading to collagen synthesis or other cellular responses ( ❾ ) (Refs. 4~6). The appearance of hydroxyproline peptides is due to the fact that digestive enzymes do not efficiently cleave the bond between proline/hydroxyproline and other amino acids, and that the ratio of proline/hydroxyproline is considerably higher (more than 10%) in collagen. Studies on the action mechanisms of ingested collagen peptide started in 2005 following the elucidation of the amino acid sequence of hydroxyproline peptides by Iwai et al. (Ref. 3). Further studies will help confirm the unique nutritional roles of collagen.
How can it improve muscle and tendon functions, to promote balance in elderly or aging people? How does it improve joint mobility and reduce arthritic pain?
Aging and/or strong physical exercise can cause loss of cartilage and hence produce joint discomfort. Collagen, as a structural component of cartilage tissue, is essential to keep healthy and flexible joints. Hence, the need of maintaining sufficient levels of collagen is critical especially as the individual ages because the natural production of collagen decreases drastically at old age.
Tendons: One study has shown that collagen fibrils became thicker by ingesting lactalbumin, as shown in Figs. 1b and 1c. However, collagen fibrils were much thicker when rabbits ingested collagen peptide than when they ingested lactalbumin (Figs. 1d, 1e). This suggests that collagen fibrils in the Achilles tendon become thicker specifically in response to ingestion of collagen peptide
Joints: There are multiple studies that demonstrate the efficacy of collagen for the alleviation of joint pain. We list a few of them in the reference below.
Is there over dosage to collagen?
No. "Collagen" is the most abundant protein in our body, comprising about one third of total protein. The molecular size of collagen is 300 kDa, as collagen is composed of three polypeptide chains, each of which is 100 kDa. "Gelatin" is made industrially by extracting heat denatured collagen from bone or skin in boiling water. The three polypeptide chains of the collagen molecule are dissociated by heating, and hydrolysis of each polypeptide chain occurs. Therefore, the molecular size of gelatin is 100 kDa or less, although considerable variations in size are observed. Gelatin is soluble in hot water but forms a gel when dissolved in cold water.
"Collagen peptide" is prepared by decomposing gelatin into smaller sizes using proteinase. Collagen peptide does not form a gel and readily dissolves in cold water, even at relatively high concentrations. Thus, collagen peptide is easier to ingest in large amounts than native collagen or gelatin. The molecular size of collagen peptide varies widely (0.3~8 kDa) depending on the method and conditions of decomposition.
Supplement safety is far more important than effectiveness. Collagen has long been used all over the world in foods and medicine, indicating that collagen is a highly safe material. We carried out biochemical analyses of blood in the human clinical test described above (4), in which 10 g of collagen was taken every day for 2 months. No abnormal changes were observed in any of the 23 items examined. Moskowiz (12) examined the adverse effects of collagen ingestion (10 g/day) for 24 weeks.
In this study, minimal adverse effects, typically gastrointestinal complaints characterized by fullness or unpleasant taste, were observed, but no severe adverse effects were noted. In an animal study, Wu et al. (2) also reported that collagen ingestion provided beneficial effects on bone metabolism without obvious undesirable effects. Thus, ingestion of appropriate amounts of collagen is considered safe.
Can collagen prevent and repair the damage caused by sunburn?
Yes. Therefore, we studied the effects of collagen peptide ingestion on the skin damage induced by UVB irradiation in cooperation with researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Ref. 1). It is known that repeated irradiation by UVB on the back skin of genetically hairless mice induces the formation of wrinkles. In our study, collagen peptide was administered to hairless mice at a dose of 0.2 g/kg body weight/day, and UVB irradiation was repeatedly performed at 0.3 mW/cm2 for 6 weeks. In order to assess skin function, water content of the stratum corneum was determined using a corneometer. The water content of the stratum corneum decreased significantly after 3 weeks of UVB irradiation, thus suggesting that the skin is damaged by UVB. However, no significant decreases were observed in mice fed collagen peptide (Fig. 1a, b). Significant decreases in water content were also detected in UVBirradiated mice at 5 weeks (Fig. 1c) and 6 weeks, but water contents remained significantly higher in UVB-irradiated, collagen peptide-fed mice than in UVB-irradiated mice without collagen peptide.
Hyperplasia of the epidermis is another form of skin damage induced by UVB. The epidermis in
UVB-irradiated mice (37.8±9.5 μm, p<0.05; Fig. 2b) was significantly thicker than that in nonirradiated mice (27.1±5.9 μm; Fig. 2a). However, ingestion of collagen peptide suppressed this skin damage, as the thickness of the epidermis in UVB irradiated, collagen peptide-fed mice did not show significant hyperplasia (31.1±5.6 μm; Fig. 2c). The dermis is also damaged by repeated UVB irradiation. Type I collagen levels decreased clearly after UVB irradiation when compared with non-irradiated mice (Fig. 3, lanes 1 and 2). However, the amount of type I collagen did not decrease when collagen peptide was administered (Fig. 3, lane 3). These results suggest that the daily ingestion of collagen peptide suppresses the skin damage induced by repeated UVB irradiation. It seems likely that the ingested collagen peptide is partly digested into small ligopeptides and absorbed into the blood, and that these oligopeptides suppress UVB damage or promote recovery after it, as it is unlikely that ingested collagen peptide or its digested products exert protective effects by absorbing UVB directly. Further studies on the protective mechanisms of collagen peptide ingestion will make it possible to prevent the UV induced photoaging of the skin.
Another point: Our collagen peptide derives from the skin of fish. Currently, there is a new trend in the medical industry. Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs. Frozen pig skin and even human tissue have long been placed on burns to keep them moist and allow the transfer of collagen, a protein that promotes healing. However, the Brazilian researchers found out that fish skin contains an unusually large amount of collagen proteins which are very important for scarring, even more than in human or other animals skins. It is for that reason, that our collagen, that stems from fish skin, is another manner of promoting the skin healing from the inside. However, please note that this research is currently ongoing.
When is it contraindicated to supplement with collagen?
Our collagen peptide is made of only one ingredient. HACCP/ISO controlled, GMP-processed scale and skin of fish. Hence, there are no additives, chemicals, conservatives or any other kind of artificial ingredient involved in the product. It is for that reason, that consuming collagen peptide is the equivalent to consuming fish but in the purest state. Moreover, collagen is fully classified as a food product (according to Japanese regulations and regulations in the other major legislations). It is for that reason that, as a principle, counter-indications are applicable for those people who cannot consume fish due to allergy or other medical reason. Other counter-indications are not customary in this product even after almost 40 years of market experience in Japan and significant adverse effects have not been observed neither in the market nor in the numerous clinical tests performed with collagen peptide throughout the years.
How does collagen help Improve skin health
Collagen plays a vital role in strengthening skin and maintaining its elasticity. However, when we age our body produces less and less collagen which makes our skin dry and causes wrinkles.
Supplements containing collagen and collagen peptides help slow down the aging of the skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.
During a 2014 trial, scientists observed that women who took 2.5 to 5 grams of collagen hydrolysate for eight weeks found a significant improvement in their skin elasticity, skin moisture, transepidermal water loss and skin roughness .
Collagen supplements also help in reducing cellulite and stretch marks.
When we take collagen supplements, it also stimulates the body to produce more collagen on its own. It promotes the production of elastin and fibrillin, proteins that help structure your skin
How does collagen Help relieve joint pain?
When we lose collagen in the body, our tendons and ligaments start moving with difficulty and this lead to stiffness and swollen joints. We lose collagen as we grow old, and this increases our risk of developing joint disorders like osteoarthritis.
Collagen supplements can help relieve joint pain and improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
During a 2008 study, when 74 athletes were given 10 grams of collagen hydrolysate over a period of 24 weeks, they experienced a decrease in joint pain.
According to researchers at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, type II collagen supplements can help patients of rheumatoid arthritis as it decreases swelling in tender joints.
If you suffer from painful joints, you must take collagen hydrolysate supplements with a dosage of 8 to 12 grams daily.