What is the best way to get your collagen fix? Through pills or potions? Research shows the difference in absorption rates mean 20 collagen pills equate to the levels of collagen found in one bottle of a drink like Skinade
Supplements, treatments, products, surgery… In the ever growing beauty industry, consumers are faced with more and more options, which can be hugely confusing. Some consumers, however, are very savvy, embracing the plethora of ways to enhance their beauty routine with a skincare supplement that works from the inside out.
But which supplement is the right one for you? When it comes to collagen, the two most common delivery methods are either tablets or liquids – each working very differently to deliver collagen to the body. The main difference that separates liquids and tablets is the absorption rate of ingredients.
The Physicians Desk Reference puts the absorption rate of tablets at between 10-20% as opposed to liquids, which are listed at a much higher absorption rate of over 95%
The Physicians Desk Reference puts the absorption rate of tablets at between 10-20% as opposed to liquids, which are listed at a much higher absorption rate of over 95%. The reason for this huge discrepancy is that, while nutrition drinks in solution can pass through the lining of the stomach and enter the bloodstream directly, pills and tablets must pass through the digestive system where a great deal of the ingredients are simply passed through the body without being properly absorbed.
Another key difference is the mode of absorption and how this affects the collagen you are trying to absorb. While collagen tablets are broken down into their base amino acids by the digestive system, in a drink like Skinade, the collagen avoids this fate by being directly absorbed into the bloodstream. In fact, this process happens from the second the liquid enters your mouth.
Skinade contains 7,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen in each bottle, and also triggers the body’s own collagen production by firing up the fibroblasts. Increasing collagen in the bloodstream also triggers the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, responsible the optimising skin hydration. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can be beneficial for dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, by boosting the skin’s hydration levels.
An equally important consideration is ease of use and digestion. Tablets can often be difficult to digest, especially for those with sensitive stomachs or poor digestive systems. It is also significantly easier to drink your nutrition than try to swallow handfuls of hard pills. With the difference in absorption rates, you would need to take at least 20 large pills to match the same levels of collagen found in just one bottle of Skinade.
For improved efficacy, the skin supplement needs to be absorbed appropriately – Dr Paul Banwell
‘For improved efficacy, the skin supplement needs to be absorbed appropriately,’ says Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Paul Banwell. ‘This is dependent upon both the bioavailability of the supplement and molecular weight of the collagen. To maximise the bioavailability and benefits of collagen, it is critical that the total product is completely in solution and that the molecular weight of collagen is as small as possible.
‘The smaller the molecular weight, the more likely it is to be absorbed into the bloodstream. It is also important to note that the stability and benefits of a product formulated in complete solution cannot necessarily be replicated with home-use tablets and powders suspended in liquid so research thoroughly before you stock these products for your patients and clients.’