Can collagen help us suffer less when we drink alcohol?
Yes, it can according to Dr Naomi-Newman Beinart PhD. It can often be hard to not drink too much alcohol, especially when we are at weddings, parties or festivals, however, excess alcohol can greatly affect collagen production, and collagen is vital for healthy skin and to reduce signs of ageing such as fine lines, dehydration and sagging skin. A number of research studies have found that taking hydrolyzed collagen improved skin hydration and elasticity in women aged 20 - 70 compared with a placebo (1). (see study here)
Drinking alcohol can also give us a hangover (foggy head, nausea, fatigue, etc) the next day as it quickly depletes the liver’s stores of glutathione - an important amino acid required for alcohol detoxification. Replenishing glutathione stores will help you get over a hangover faster. Glutathione taken by itself as a supplement is shown to be poorly absorbed when taken orally.
A more effective way to boost glutathione stores is by taking its precursor's cysteine, glutamate, and glycine, which the body can use to build new stores. Collagen peptides are rich in these vital amino acids and can help boost your glutathione levels so you get a helping hand at combatting a hangover.
"Try taking a tablespoon of Correxiko marine collagen powder stirred into water or a caffeine-free herbal tea when you get home after you have been out drinking alcohol to fight off the damage caused to the skin, as well as reduce your chances of getting a bad hangover. I use Correxiko's Marine Collagen powder or capsules."
Dr Naomi Newman-Beinart
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