Fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of why collagen supplementation is necessary. If this is important, it is legitimate to ask whether there is such a thing as overdosing collagen and, if so, what the effects might be. In this article, we will therefore discuss whether it is possible to overdose collagen, and also how it is most efficiently absorbed by the body.
About the administration of collagen
In a previous article, we have already discussed how to dose collagen. Here we would just like to briefly point out that, although there is a lot of scientific research going on, there is no official position on exactly how much collagen to take each day. Different recommendations have been made, ranging from 2,500 to 15,000 mg, depending on the goal to be achieved.
Doses between 2,500 and 5,000 mg are generally beneficial, with higher doses being more effective in keeping the skin hydrated and joints supple, while doses of around 15,000 mg are recommended for those who are more intensely active, where this is enough to support the development of stronger muscles.
Collagen preparations should be taken as a course of treatment, and positive changes can be noticed after 4-5 weeks.
Is there a risk of collagen overdose?
As mentioned above, there are several recommendations for daily collagen intake, but what happens if you exceed, for example, 15,000 mg. The good news is that you won’t have any problems, as collagen is essentially impossible to overdose. It would also not cause any problems if you took twice the recommended upper limit. However, it should also be noted that there is almost no chance of this happening, and it would not make much sense, because after a certain level – which may vary from person to person – collagen preparations do not have a major effect. It is therefore advisable to keep the recommendations in mind and follow them when taking collagen.
About collagen absorption
In the context of collagen overdose, it is also worth mentioning the absorption of collagen, which is influenced by several factors.
For example, the source of the collagen used in the product, for example bovine collagen or fish collagen, is not the same. Fish collagen has the property of being the most efficient and fastest absorbing.
Whether the product contains hydrolysed or natural collagen is also a determining factor. The hydrolysed version should always be preferred as hydrolysis is a chemical process whereby collagen is converted into collagen peptides, i.e. small protein chains, which can then be properly utilised and incorporated by the body.
Faster collagen absorption is also influenced by the consistency of the collagen, and collagen drinks such as collagen coffee are considered preferable in this respect.
Finally, it is also important to ensure a varied, vitamin C-rich diet, as vitamin C supports absorption with maximum efficiency.