Monday, January 12, 2009

Only in Japan: eating collagen to stay young

The Telegraph in the UK is reporting that collagen is the hot anti-aging treatment in Japan. Eating the collagen, that is:

"Dishes which are naturally rich in collagen such as pigs trotters, shark fin and chicken skin have also soared in popularity and are appearing on menus in restaurants as anti-ageing specials.

Sales of collagen hot pots - known as "nabe" ­ at 7,300 outlets of the convenience store chain Family Mart have also sold more than double their initial target since going on sale last November, according to reports."

As part of our anti-aging services at SMAC in Boca Raton, we have hormone replacement specialist Dr. Mitchell Matez, who, as our website says, one of the best at separating fact from fantasy when it comes to things like this.

"Absorption and assimilation of oral collagen is questionable," he said. "Just providing the collagen doesn't mean it will benefit the skin and tissues without the multitude of other nutrients and co-factors that would be involved... I think topical application would be most effective. Probably a fad and I suspect many are making big money off it. Can't hurt to eat it, though."

I agree... let's wait for some controlled clinical studies before we begin assessing these claims.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

Dr. David J. Goldberg
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center
Skin Laser Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ

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