We all know that we probably don’t get enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food we eat, thanks to over-farming and other food producing techniques, and it can be really confusing to know which supplements to take, when.
Did you know that iron should be taken with vitamin C, but away from calcium and caffeine? Or that there’s an ideal ratio of zinc to copper that we should aim for, and taking high doses of zinc in winter can actually throw that balance out?
Supplement interactions can be really confusing, but here’s one dynamic duo you don’t have to question: Collagen and Omegas can – and should – be taken together to get the maximum benefit from each supplement.
The combination of collagen and omegas can get real results when it comes to your skin and their anti-ageing effects. Let’s take a look at these super supplements.
Collagen contains a host of amino acids, which are often deficient in our diets, but really important because they form the building blocks of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are an essential component of skin; they not only produce and organize the extracellular matrix of the dermis but they also communicate with other cell types, ensuring the regulation and proper functioning of your skin at a cellular level.
Collagen isn’t just great for skin, either – it plays a crucial role in the health of our joints, muscles, hair and gut.
Omegas play a vital role in maintaining the skin’s barrier through promoting well wall integrity and hydration. Most of us know that Omegas come in 3, 6 and 9, however the standard diet most of us consume is heavily skewed towards consuming the Omega 6 fats, while the Omega 3 is the type of Omega we should be taking for the proper functioning of our brain, heart, eyes, and of course, our skin.
Omega 3 fish oils help to stop skin from losing its moisture, and help to maintain the integrity of the epidermis, helping the skin retain its youthful ‘plumpness’.
As we age, the phospholipid bilayer in our skin – the two layers of fat that make up cell walls – becomes thinner. As healthy cells are shed, those thinner cells start to make their way to the surface of our skin, and the protective barrier is lessened. The result? A loss of elasticity and moisture, and an increase in wrinkles and sagging skin.
The good news is that we can slow down the signs of ageing by consuming more collagen and omega 6 fatty acids. The bad news? It can be difficult to get adequate amounts of these nutrients from the diet alone. That’s where supplementation can be helpful.
Back to our original question: are collagen and omegas safe to take together?
The answer is yes. These two supplements are metabolised in the body via different pathways, so they don’t compete with each other for absorption. Both have a high level of bioavailability in the body, and both can have other surprising benefits such as improved mood, reduced inflammation in the joints and better gut health.
For collagen, we love and recommend Vita Sol Pure Marine Collagen.
Our pick of the Omegas? Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega capsules.
If you have any questions about these products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team, here.