Tania Reuben would not dream of skipping her morning smoothie packed with good-for-you staples. But now, she piles more than veggies and seeds into her breakfast drink.
"I also add two different supplements. One is a joint supplement that contains collagen."
Reuben counts on the collagen to help with achy joints and says she is getting a lot more compliments lately on her hair and skin.
There are several new collagen supplement options to choose from: pills, powders, even grab and go drinks. They join a number of already popular collagen beauty products, along with the current bone broth craze.
"It's very important to have a lot of collagen in our system because, as we age, we have less collagen. Our collagen actually breaks down and that's why we start to sag. We get wrinkles. We get aches in our bones and our joints," said Dr. Debra Jaliman, American Academy of Dermatology.
The American Academy of Dermatology said you can get collagen from a high protein diet. As for the new supplements-- studies have shown they can actually help.
"What the studies found is if you take ingestible collagen, after 12 weeks they found that the moisture content of your skin would be better, fine lines would be improved, the texture of the skin would be better and, overall, you would look a little bit younger," said Dr. Jaliman.
Taking too much could lead to constipation or bone pain, so doctors say it's important to follow the suggested doses.
Reuben says she feels the difference it makes for her.
"I know the collagen is working for me simply because my joint pain has gone away."
While the FDA does not approve or review supplements based on their safety or effectiveness, the agency says there are no specific warnings for any current collagen supplements.
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