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Collagen - How much is too much in a day? Does too much collagen cause hair loss.

Posted by Dr Larry Shapiro is Developer and Founder of Help Hair Shake and Products on

Collagen - how much is too much in a day?

Does too much collagen cause hair loss.


Everyone wants beautiful hair.

There are many collagen products on the market. Many collagen products make 

claims that they are treating joint pains, arthritic pains, and are great for  


"skin hair and nails"


This a a catch all phrase giving the customer the feeling that their product is one stop 

shopping. Helping not only your aches and pains but giving your skin, hair and nails a 

rejuvenating effect.  

But is this false comfort?


For years now we have been noticing hair loss from bovine collagen taken in large quantities. The underlying

principle behind this is the relative efficacy of the amount taken and the rapid absorption of collagen in the blood

stream. Many collagen is made of bovine or fish collagen and the amounts recommended are 

usually between 4-10. grams per day.


The collagen is reported to ease joint pain and arthritic symptoms or rejuvenate the skin. And this may very well be

true. So if you are taking for purposes of mobility or rejuvenating the skin then no need to read any further since we

think that mobility and good joint movement or skin elasticity is essential for good living .

However these claims for relief of joint pains always come with the added “ hair and nails” as a thrown in term since

many companies want to sell as their products to as many consumers as possible almost a panacea for all ailments.

But with this panacea comes a more complex reasoning to differentiate between marketing hype and actual results.

First of all bovine and fish collagen effects IGF-1 serum so has an anabolic basis for increasing the DHT levels and

may even result in a positive mood swing that occurs in testosterone treatment and ashwagandha usage which is 

also. very anabolic.

But terrible for hair growth. Please see the following study:



https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6315531/#:~:text=Dietary%20supplementation%20with%20collagen%20peptide,or%20with%20placebo%20(left).

Effects of Composite Supplement Containing Collagen Peptide and Ornithine on Skin Conditions and Plasma IGF-1 Levels—A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial 

10 grams of collagen peptide was given to each test subject.


"We examined skin conditions including elasticity and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), as well as plasma growth

 hormone and IGF-1 levels. Skin elasticity and TEWL were significantly improved in the CPO group compared with

 the placebo group. Furthermore, only the CPO group showed increased plasma IGF-1 levels after 8 weeks of

 supplementation compared with the baseline. Our results might suggest the novel possibility for the use of CPO to

 improve skin conditions by increasing plasma IGF-1 levels.

The fact that the IGF-1 levels are raised and we have seen multiple times the effects of shedding 3- 6months after

taking these products suggests that lower dose is needed for optimal hair growth. "

Our Nuts4hair collagen is dosed below the the 4-10 gms serving so that

it has the maximum amount of the  finest USA sourced fish collagen per serving  combined with bovine collagen to 

give the hair the best nutritional value for optimal Hair growth plus the combination of chia, flax, pumpkin seed 

(natural DHT blockers), zinc , and magnesium. Taken with our shakes or in combination with our hair vitamins we see optimal 

growth without the effects of collagen taken at 4-10gms a day which would negate the effects of the hair shakes and 

vitamins. 

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