Though I currently have a multi-step daily skincare regimen that I religiously follow, I am also sensible enough to know that no matter what I apply topically, good skin and well being definitely starts from the inside out which is why I make sure to hydrate adequately and keep to a healthy diet. I try to eat collagen rich foods like dark leafy greens, beans, salmon and avocado. Oxtail stew also happens to be a favorite in our house. Collagen is the key structural protein in our bodies which is integrally involved in the production of strong and healthy hair, nails, tendons, bones, muscle and keeping your skin smooth.
I figured it wouldn't hurt to supplement my diet so I agreed to try out youtheory's Collagen Advanced Formula type 1,2 & 3 with 18 amino acids. I wasn't aware that there were different types of collagen. As it turns out, collagen 1 and 3 are the main collagen types in connective tissue and collagen 2 provides joint support for our cartilage. These supplements contain hydrolyzed collagen which is a highly digestible protein. Oral ingestion of this type of collagen has shown beneficial effects on joint and bone health, skin health, weight management and sports performance.
To be honest, I was actually interested in this product more for the joint and ligament benefits than for my skin, hair or nails. It's been a long haul to a full recovery since injuring my ankle last year and I'm so prone to re-injury now that I would try anything to help prevent that. I've been taking 4 tablets a day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. The suggested serving is 6 tablets per day. They're about the size of a multi-vitamin and are easy to swallow.
youtheory Collagen Advanced is a natural formula containing collagen, calcium and magnesium. Each serving is 26 calories and provides 10mg of Sodium, 6g of Protein (as Collagen types 1, 2 & 3), 60mg of Vitamin C (as Calcium Ascorbate). It is free of corn, wheat, yeast, sugar, fat or dairy products.
Since taking it, I don't feel like I've experienced anything miraculous but I also haven't had any ill effects. I will say that my nails definitely do seem stronger and are growing faster and my hair is shinier. I suspect that I may need to take it longer for the joint support benefits that I'm seeking to really kick in though I have noticed that I seem to be recovering quicker after my workouts.
youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula is sold at Amazon, Walgreens, and other leading retailers. Learn more about youtheory and their other products on the brand's website.
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Disclosure: A complimentary product was provided for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.