Many people, including celebrities, swear by collagen.
Drew Barrymore, the Kardashians, Busy Phillips, and Halle Berry are all massive collagen fans.
Kate Hudson describes collagen as her “wellness staple,” while Jennifer Aniston once told Well & Good magazine: 
“nails are stronger and there’s a healthier…how do you explain it? A glow. It’s sort of that working from the inside-out thing.”
So what exactly is in collagen that seems to be giving many the fountain of youth, with healthier nails, skin, and hair to boot?
Here are 6 things to know about this “wellness staple:"
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. In fact, 30 percent of your entire system is made up of collagen, and so is 75-80 percent of your skin.
That suppleness that you want for your skin? That’s abundant collagen at work!
Collagen allows your hair, skin, and nails to become more elastic, despite the stress that wreak havoc on our body as we grow old. It gives us shiny hair, stronger nails and healthy skin with plumpness and natural glow (sans Fenty highlighters).
It slows down aging.
As we age, our bodies’ collagen production slows down. Our skin becomes less supple and it starts to lose that “plumpness.” More gray hair appears and nails become brittle.
So you need to supplement your daily diet with collagen.
Taking collagen also helps you avoid brittle nails. Instead, it prompts your skin and hair to grow longer and faster. 
It also increases elasticity in your hair.
Collagen, being an amino acid, helps to produce keratin protein that makes your hair grow longer, stronger and more elastic. With it also comes Omegas 3 and 6 which fights off harmful radicals and hydrates your hair. 
It regulates your hormones.
When there’s an imbalance of hormones, like testosterone and estrogen, hair loss happens. Collagen helps regulate hormones and keeps the balance between testosterone and estrogen.
Chances are, collagen is already part of your daily diet.
Other sources of collagen include:
Despite the above sources containing collagen, more research is needed to prove that they increase collagen levels in the body.
The best way to supplement your body with collagen is through – wait for it – supplements.
Studies show that taking collagen supplements stimulates the production of other proteins like elastin and fibrillin. As the names hint, these proteins make your skin more elastic and strong. [15, 16]
You need collagen supplements because the amount you take in from natural sources like bone broth and gelatin just isn’t enough – especially if you want to combat aging and achieve supple skin stat.
Plus, if you’re on the go or just feeling plain lazy (like one of those days), popping a collagen pill or mixing them with your smoothies is much easier than going through all the motions of keeping a strictly collagen-rich diet.
Pro tip: Just find supplements that don’t contain fillers and are made from grass-fed animal sources – to get the most bang for the buck.
Good news – there’s little to no known risks associated with collagen supplements. Probably explains why many people and celebrities vouch for it!
Be careful though because some contain food allergens like fish, shellfish and eggs. So people allergic to these better steer clear.
Some also report a lingering after-taste, bloated feeling, and heartburn. 
As we like to say here, it’s best to consult with a qualified medical professional before starting to take any supplements.
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