Anti aging collagen drink – sip your way…
Anti Aging Collagen Drink – Sip Your Way Younger
What starts in Japanese labs often becomes mainstream in Europe and America in no time at all – or at least in the time it takes to get approval from the authorities that count – like the FDA.
For some time now Japanese women concerned about skin aging have been able to buy anti aging food products – collagen marshmallows for instance – that aren’t available from US manufacturers.
Whether you fancy a collagen marshmallow is debateable but an anti aging drink seems to have more potential. After all what is it but an anti aging supplement in another form?
Shiseido The Collagen
Shiseido – the upmarket cosmetic and skin care company – has recently launched an anti aging collagen drink called “The Collagen” into the Japanese market.
Strange name but Shiseido claim that the drink is a non invasive answer to collagen fillers. They also claim that their product is the best collagen drink available and that it will
plump out wrinkles in as little as three days.
Marine collagen tastes fishy!
The anti aging drink contains 1000 mg of low molecular fish collagen and is designed to be knocked back like a shot – or a probiotic yogurt drink if that’s your thing.
Although I haven’t tried this – I have tasted other Japanese marine based collagen drinks with this sort of collagen level and they tend to have an undertone of fish which is definitely not pleasant.Knocking the drink back in one hit is probably the best option!
Shiseido’s new anti aging product also contains hyaluronic acid and the amino acid GABA which is used in many botox alternative face serums and creams.
Do collagen drinks work?
So – if you drink collagen will it really produce an anti aging effect on your skin?
Most of us are aware of collagen and it’s role in acting as a support structure in the skin.
You may not know that there are 11 types of collagen – five of which are more important than the others and each of them working in different areas of the body. Collagen I is the collagen that supports the structure of your skin as well as tendons, capillaries, veins, bone and organs. Collagen IV is also important to your skin as it supports the cell membrane.
Collagen is a common substance in the body and vital for the youthfulness of our skin but there is no evidence that drinking collagen – or eating it in any other form can make you look younger.
Whilst the jury may be out on whether anti aging drinks in general could work – science seems to indicate that a collagen drink would not. Collagen is a protein which we produce naturally within our bodies. We can increase the production of collagen by eating the things that help the process – vitamin C for instance.
The collagen in a drink or any other food product will be broken down by our digestive juices and absorbed as associated amino acids – it cannot remain intact and be used as collagen by the skin or any other connective tissue.
Drinking collagen and appearing magically younger and wrinkle free sounds like a nice idea but the science is very shaky. Even worse – if you examine the amount of sugar in your collagen drink you may find you are making your wrinkles worse by loading your system with glucose.
Boost collagen production through diet
Changing or improving your diet is the key to getting all the collagen your skin needs to protect you from premature wrinkling.
Antioxidants are the key to boosting collagen production. Take a look at your diet for collagen friendly foods – eat lots of green leafy vegetables, highly colored fruits and vegetables like red peppers, beets and tomatoes and plenty of omega 3 through fish and avocados or an omega 3 supplement.
If you wonder whether the smooth unwrinkled skin of many Japanese women is down to the collagen they drink – take a look at what they eat. Raw fish and lightly cooked vegetables are at the heart of Japanese cooking!