Why I Take Collagen + Biotin

Both collagen and biotin have gained a lot of attention lately for their role in skin, hair and nail care, and for good reason. They both have their own unique and beneficial properties, and can actually work together quite nicely. But I’m not here to tell you all the scientific facts or what using collagen or biotin could do for you. I’m here to share my story about collagen and why I consider it my new best friend along with biotin.

Collagen, Further Food Collagen, Biotin

What is Collagen?

Collagen has become increasingly popular in the health and wellness world for a lot of reasons. It’s not only known for it’s use for digestion, skin and nails, but it’s also great for strengthening your hair. I jumped on the collagen bandwagon early last year but haven’t been the most consistent with its use. About two months ago, I started to notice that I was shedding a bit more hair than normal in my hair brush along with noticing some thinning spots around the crown area. As scary as hair loss can be, in most cases it can be reversed with a proper diagnosis. After consulting with my physician, we decided to add collagen back into my routine. Luckily, I’m a big fan of using Further Food (Use code IRONDIVA10) collagen peptides which makes it so easy to get in my daily dose. Collagen is a powdered supplement that is virtually tasteless when added to food and drinks. A few of my favorite ways to use collagen is by adding a scoop to my morning coffee or oatmeal. I’ve also used it in baked goods in place of regular protein powder.

Image from Further Food

 

What is Biotin?

Biotin, which is actually vitamin B7 and sometimes called H(for hair), has been known to help improve the health of hair, skin and nails. It’s also one of the most widely used supplements for growing hair faster as it plays a key role in a healthy head of hair. At the recommendation of my physician, we decided to start me on 10,000 IU’s of biotin daily. I break up my dose by taking 5,000 IU’s in the morning and the remainder in the evening with dinner. Always take biotin with a meal so it absorbs properly. It’s still up in the air as to whether or not biotin supplementation can do the same work as biotin in the diet. If you prefer to get in your daily dose of biotin through food, some good sources include nuts, egg yolks, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, whole grains and halibut.

Can you safely take both?

If you want to show your skin, hair and nails some extra love, it is safe to take both collagen and biotin. No need to worry about pulling double duty. This is what works for me, but please, always consult with your own physician first.

Overall Thoughts:

It has only been a little over a month and I’m already starting to see some positive results from adding both to my daily routine. Besides my nails growing like crazy, I’m also beginning to see less hair in my hairbrush. Am I saying collagen and biotin is the magic solution to hair loss? I’m not sure, but I am hopeful it’s helping my new growth come back full and strong. Since hair loss can also be a result of issues with thyroid, I’ve already taken steps to have a full panel of blood work completed. My recommendation (as always), please do your own research before you start any new supplements or dietary changes. I’m just sharing what works for me.

Have you tried collagen or biotin before? What benefits have you seen from using either? Please share – I would love to hear from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or registered dietician. Always consult or seek guidance from your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health. 

13 Responses to Why I Take Collagen + Biotin

    • Hi Diana! Thanks for reading. Both are wonderful supplements to add to your daily routine, especially as we get older. I’m loving the amazing benefits so far.

  1. SO informative, thank you for this post! I’m so glad that you’re already reaping the benefits of biotin and collagen, and that it keeps helping you. I take a multivitamin that has an ample dose of biotin in it; and then I just started the collagen peptides last week. Love that it’s odorless and tasteless – I almost forgot I had even added it to my overnight oats the previous day😂. Here’s to more great health improvements for you, and thank you for sharing your experiences XO

    • Hi Liz! I’m excited that you’ve also started a collagen regime. I can’t wait to hear what you think once you’re taking them for a few months. Cheers to health improvements for both of us! xo

  2. I’ve found collagen to be so helpful with joint pain and thickening my hair. I have not noticed a difference with my nails though. My multivitamin has biotin in it so I think I have my bases covered. I’ll be trying the Further Food collagen for the first time since I ordered it but wasn’t able to use it since I was out of town. Thanks for the code! So glad to hear you have noticed a difference since bringing back to your routine.

    • Collagen is amazing for overall joint health and I’m hoping I continue to see improvements with my hair. Keep me posted on your thoughts on Further Food once you add it into your daily routine.

  3. I have been using collagen for a while now and definitely notice a difference in how my joints feel! I used to use biotin hoping it would help with my hair, skin and nails but did not personally see any drastic improvements there. I would love to try these products/this brand out 🙂

  4. I’m definitely interested to see if including it helps with my nails too. I need my nails to grow. IG: morrjojo (though you already know that!!). I want my parents to start using the collagen since they both struggle with joint pain.

  5. I’ve heard so much about it but never have I had so much information. Thanks
    I have tried it , how do you put it in oatmeal without clumping

    • Hi Nikki. To avoid any sort of clumping, I would suggest adding it to your oatmeal while it’s still hot and even perhaps adding a bit of water to the bowl. I’ve never had an issue with Further Food clumping in any of my foods. Perhaps it could also be the brand your using.

  6. With collagen, I noticed a change in my breasts. They began to feel extremely heavy. Did some research and found that collagen can make breasts denser. Denser breasts are more susceptible to cancer. However, hairline grew back. Check with doctor before beginning any new supplements.

    • Hi Isabelle! Thank you for visiting my blog.I had not heard that about collagen. I will definitely look into that. It’s very promising that you had regrowth with your hair. Mine is slowly filling in but not as quickly as I would like.

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