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How Long Does it Take for Collagen Supplements to Work?

Collagen, the protein taking the nation by storm. It’s taken some time but consumers have finally been doing what we’ve been begging for years…listening. Things like collagen and retinol have all been suggestions made by dermatologists, but unfortunately, where there is a fast market to upsell and mislead customers with products from a shelf, businesses will no doubt do so.

There is a right and wrong way to do skincare. It takes effort, patience, and discipline. Experts cite many reasons why it is important to include collagen in their routine. Perhaps by now you’ve seen or heard a few. Collagen supports skin health, energy, joints, muscles, hair, and nails. The best part is they now have collagen powder that can be easily mixed into your coffee or even juice. It has so many health benefits and is quite easy to consume, so our question is, if you haven’t tried collagen yet, why not?

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How long does it take for collagen to work varies on its use…

For skin, it can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks.

Nails, up to 24 weeks (although I have personally seen improvement in as little as 2 weeks).

Hair, same around 24 weeks. But this also depends on the individual, you may or may not experience tremendous growth within the first week or two of taking the supplements.

Muscle mass and strength, 3 months.

These timeframes are based on research, but individual results can and will vary so be mindful of this.

I think the most popular reason for wanting to use collagen for most women is an interest in having longer, more voluminous hair and healthier nails. Collagen is directly affected by your intake as well and this can have an impact on how quickly or slowly the products will work. Dosage: sufficient amount of collage in a product is 10-20 grams, so you want to make sure that the collagen brand you’ve selected checks this box off the list. Diet: collagen is not a complete protein, as it does not contain all nine essential amino acids. Therefore, it should be considered complementary to a diet, otherwise filled with other healthy proteins from high-quality to complete sources.

Overall, collagen is beneficial and can even be found in particular skincare products. But for oral consumption, once the collagen peptides are absorbed into the bloodstream, our bodies can use this collagen pretty quickly – even within an hour collagen peptides can start working their magic in our cells. On the other hand, if you have low collagen levels, to begin with, then expect a slower start versus dramatic results. People who are already taking collagen and simply discontinue but pick back up with it again oftentimes will see a dramatic result quickly.

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Written by Stephanie M.
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