Collagen – Why I Take It

Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?

Some people are touting collagen as the fountain of youth. I don’t mean injections. I mean supplements. I don’t care about aging really when it comes to looks. We get old; c’est la vie. But I’m all about quality of life. Until I shuffle off this mortal coil, I want to be in optimal health for as long as possible. Which is why I’m back on the collagen supplements.

I had found a really good supplement a couple of years ago but it was pricey. When I was abroad last summer, I found a cheaper version in bulk, but I really didn’t like it. It didn’t mix well with my coffee, and I could taste it. It’s been collecting dust in my cupboard for six months; I finally binned it the other day. That was $50 down the drain.

So I bought some really good stuff from Amazon, and I’ve started taking it again on a daily basis. To hell with the somewhat high cost. I think it’s worth it. Why? Joints and cartilage. The older we get the less collagen we make. Our joints need collagen. Many argue that collagen supplements will maintain joint health and reduce pain. I don’t have joint pain, but I am in my forties. Anything that will help slow the process of aging is a bonus. Given that I’m running more because of the bloody lockdown means I need all the help I can get.

Another bonus is that collagen contains glycine. This is an amino acid that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. I’m a big believer that inflammation is a killer and the root of many of mankind’s health problems. Anything that fights this is good for me too.

So most websites or product labels say you need to take this daily for two or three months to see feel any results. I’ll report back in October on this one.