Medically Reviewed By Elizabeth A. Swick, MS, RDN
Are Collagen Supplements Safe?
Is collagen safe?
Collagen is a natural protein found in many common foods, from meaty soups and broths to fresh wild salmon. Collagen is found throughout the human body in many major systems, and it is especially abundant in the skin. You can also call it the glue that holds your body together. This means that collagen itself is a safe, healthy, and needed substance. You can’t take too much in the sense of collagen harming your health, although taking more than you need could be wasteful.
Is collagen powder safe?
As well as getting additional collagen from foods like bone broth, you can take collagen supplements. Collagen powder can be bought in pill or capsule form. Collagen powders are also very popular, as they can easily be added to foods and beverages.
As long as you select a quality brand, collagen powders are very safe to use. Be wary of cheap, inferior products, as some manufacturers use bulking agents that don’t contribute collagen to your diet. Instead, look for a reliable brand of collagen powder, preferably transparent about the sources of its collagen. To eliminate confusion, choose brands that use trademark ingredients that can demonstrate science and research. Some examples of such collagen formulas Original Body Boost and Youthful Beauty.
Are collagen peptides safe?
Collagen peptides are simply the ‘building blocks’ of collagen protein. When you consume collagen in its natural state, your body needs to break it down into its component compounds before it can be used to build new collagen in your skin, joints, and organs. Collagen peptides, therefore, are as safe as other forms of collagen. They are also more bio-available (easier for your body to absorb and use).
Is collagen safe during pregnancy?
Nutritional supplements during pregnancy can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you want to make sure your baby is getting the best possible start in life by eating well and taking all the recommended vitamins and other nutrients. On the other hand, many foods and supplements you never thought twice about consuming are suddenly dangerous in pregnancy. Is collagen safe during pregnancy?
A good quality collagen supplement should not present any hazards, however. Collagen is healthy and natural, and present in many of your usual foods. Taking it in supplemental form should be fine for you and your baby. As with any food supplement, collagen peptide powders are most effective when consumed as part of a varied and balanced diet.
Always ask, especially during pregnancy, a medical professional. If you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you should discuss your diet and any supplements you might be taking. A doctor or nurse can advise you on choosing safe, healthy foods and appropriate supplements to keep both you and your baby in a safe and healthy condition.