Collagen is a protein-like, fibrous material which is found in the body's connective tissue. Keratin is the protein that hair, nails and skin are made of. Supplementing your diet with collagen and keratin improves our body’s health and quality of life by enhancing our strength. Maximize your absorption of collagen and keratin supplements by taking them with the right combination of vitamins. The best combination depends on your reason for taking supplements.
Collagen and Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen which is present in bone, ligaments, cartilage, skin and dentin of the teeth. Collagen comprises approximately 30 percent of the body’s protein. A dosing regimen of collagen supplements in combination with vitamin C improves the system’s ability to produce collagen. If you are taking collagen to improve joint comfort and mobility, add glucosamine chondroitin to your supplements.
Collagen and Vitamin A (Retinol)
Collagen in combination with vitamin A in the form of Retinol increases collagen production and speeds the healing of wounds. This vitamin formulation can reduce wrinkles, decrease the roughness of skin and lighten the dark spots of aging.
Collagen and Vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide, Nicotinic Acid, or Niacin) is an anti-inflammatory. Taken in combination with collagen, vitamin B3 has been reported to reduce oiliness in skin, the discoloration of pigment disorders, blistering disorders, acne and to improve wound healing.
Collagen and Vitamin E
Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate, Alpha-Tocopherol) taken in combination with collagen helps to restore the skin’s antioxidant defense barrier. This supplemental mix improves sun protection, reduces atopic dermatitis, and steps up skin protection.
Keratin and Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a bioregulator for keratin. Taking a keratin supplement in conjunction with vitamin A improves the body’s mucous secretion, enhances the immune defenses of bodily tissues and increases the skin’s elasticity.
Keratin and Vitamin C
Take keratin with vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) to alleviate the symptoms of scurvy. Though rare in today's society, scurvy still occurs. A supplement combining keratin and vitamin C also helps strengthen nails.
Keratin and Vitamins B12 and B6
Keratin and vitamin B12 combine to make your nails stronger and rid them of ridges. Vitamin B12 is also know as cobalamin because it contains cobalt. Vegetarians should take the supplement B12, since it is often deficient in their diet due to the fact that it is most often present in animal products. Take a supplement combining keratin and vitamin B6 to strengthen hair follicles. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is quickly leached out of the system so it must be supplemented.