If you’ve watched Dr. Axe, Dr. Oz or practically any other doctor on television lately, you may have heard about the health benefits of collagen. Some of the various claims about collagen are increased hair, skin and nails health; bone and joint support and even better overall gut health. Collagen is a fibrous protein found most abundantly in the body. The amino acids in collagen help our skin stay elastic and hydrated. This supplement is one way to maintain a more youthful appearance from the inside out.

Of course, not everyone has joined the collagen bandwagon. Thanks to unproven health claims made by companies selling collagen supplements, some health care providers caution consumers to do their research before trying collagen for anything other than skin or hair health. Some of the unsubstantiated claims are improved heart and liver health, increased metabolism or help with leaky gut.

Because most collagen supplements come from animal protein, it is crucial to know where that collagen is sourced. It’s always a good idea to buy supplements from companies with a proven track record instead of ones that pop up on social media advertising only to disappear after a few weeks. Remember that the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry so using only reputable companies can keep you and your wallet safe. The highest quality collagen will be Gluten Free, Non-GMO and Dairy Free.

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