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.
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 for hair back into my routine. Luckily, I’m a big fan of using Further Food (Use code IRONDIVA10) collagen protein powder 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.
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.
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.