Archive for April, 2021

Hydrolyzed Collagen Supplements

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There’s been a lot of talk about collagen for hair, skin, nails and more. Is it a supplement that can provided better health?

What is collagen?

Collagen is a hard, insoluble, and fibrous protein and it is abundant in the human body. Collagens are structures that give skin strength and elasticity. We know that collagen production declines with age and exposure to factors such as smoking and UV light. One of the downsides of aging is less collagen and hence older people have less strength and elasticity in their skin. This is also why wrinkles appear and skin starts to sag.

So what is hydrolyzed collagen and why the hype?

Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that’s in a different format so it is more easily absorbed by the body. Most powdered collagen supplements have been hydrolyzed. The sources of hydrolyzed collagen is sourced from the hides and connective tissues of cows. Some other sources can come from fish. It is not vegan and it should not be taken if you have allergies to beef and/or fish.

it appears that multiple studies have found hydrolyzed collagen is helpful in treating aging skin and skin wounds. However, most of the studies have very small sample sizes and/or did not include double blind studies. Most people reporting seeing overall better skin conditions especially those that were of increased age. All the studies indicated that there were not significant side effects.

As with all supplements, it is important to discuss the implications with your physician so you can adequately assess risk/benefit for you, personally.

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Food Allergies are Not Food Intolerances

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Having a food allergy triggers an immune reaction in your body called an immunoglobulin E (IgE) response. When the body comes into contact with a food item that you are allergic to, your body will make an antibody called IgE in an attempt to fight off the offending food. The IgE response includes the release of histamine and other chemicals that produce allergic symptoms such as digestive issues, hives, and swollen airways. The body does not need a large amount of the food to create an allergic response – even minute particles can trigger an allergic reaction. In fact, some people can get allergic reactions just from cross contamination of cooking tools, cookware or other food containers.

Most people with food allergies don’t know what type of reaction they will have – it can be mild or severe. If they had a mild reaction one time it does not mean they will continue to have mild reactions when they come into contact with the offending food. Therefore, the food needs to be avoided completely. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis. Most people who are aware of their food allergies also carry an Epi-pen to use in the case of anaphylaxis.

Many children start life with a food allergy but will outgrow it as they get older. It is not known why this occurs except that it may be children have an immature immune system. It’s suspected that about 3% of the adult population has food allergies.

The most common food allergies are:

  1. cow’s milk
  2. eggs
  3. tree nuts
  4. peanuts
  5. shellfish
  6. wheat
  7. soy
  8. fish

If you suspect a food allergy, you can confirm it with a simple blood test. Order your discount blood allergy test at to assist with allergy analysis and it can also be a tool to help you avoid certain foods that create an allergic response.

It’s easy to confuse a food allergy with a much more common reaction known as food intolerance. Having a food intolerance is a much less serious condition that does not involve the immune system. Food intolerances can be painful and inflict discomfort but they are not life-threatening nor do they involve the immune system.

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