Is collagen the new superfood?

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-11 19:40:53-05

 (KPRC) Some are saying collegen is the new superfood. 

Collagen, which comes from animal bones, cartilage, and skin can be a good source of protein but are the anti-aging claims really true?

Medical aesthetician Kim Chang from Baylor College of Medicine said she can see benefits with her clients.

"It has definitely rang true in my experience so far with those that have been drinking collagen that it definitely works!" she says.

Chang's clients say they use the powder in the morning and sip the bone broth later in the day. One woman said it helped her skin, nails, hair and joints!

While studies of patients with arthritis confirm it can help with joint pain, Dr. John Share from Share Wellness isn't convinced drinking it will improve your skin since other parts of your body absorb it first. Instead, he recommends applying it topically.

"You might get faster results and more effective results for the skin itself by, for instance, having micro-needling with collagen applied on top or using products that have collagen-supporting ingredients," he says.