Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Natural Health 365
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Toxic “healthy” habit: Collagen supplements contaminated with heavy metals

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

collagen(NaturalHealth365) The word collagen comes from the Greek word for “glue.” It’s a structural protein that binds cells and tissues together, helping them maintain their shape.

Collagen makes up 80 percent of our skin.  As we age, the body produces less and less collagen, resulting in signs of skin aging and joint pain. In fact, starting in our 20s, we begin losing 1 percent of our collagen each year.

In a bid to turn back the clock and maintain a healthy glow, consumers have turned to collagen supplements, a health habit that has origins in China – Chinese women have viewed collagen as a fountain of youth for centuries, routinely consuming pig’s feet and shark fins – but which has recently been endorsed and marketed by American celebrities.

In 2020, U.S. consumers are expected to spend over $293 million on collagen supplements, up from $50 million 2014.  The popular health habit, which has come under fire for being an edible hoax, is far more dangerous than any “placebo miracle pill.”  In fact, many collagen supplements are derived from industrial factory farms and contain heavy metals!

Heavy metals are worse than a spoonful of pseudoscience

While images of grazing cows, open pastures and cage-free chickens often grace the packaging on collagen supplements, followed by labels claiming that they’re “Pure” and “All “Natural,” most collagen supplements are neither pure or all natural.

The Organic Consumers Association and Clean Label Project recently tested 28 of Amazon’s best selling collagen supplements. The results are as follows:

64% tested positive for measurable levels of arsenic
37% tested positive for measurable levels of lead
34% tested positive for trace levels of mercury
17% tested positive for measurable levels of cadmium

How dangerous are heavy metals? Some heavy metals are classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as known or probable carcinogens. Even at low levels, heavy metals can cause organ damage.

For example, low levels of lead exposure has been linked to various neurological impacts, and chronic cadmium exposure has been linked to kidney, liver, and bone damage.

Beware: Collagen supplements made from animals raised on industrial factory farms

Animals raised on industrial factory farms (CAFO’s) are routinely exposed to heavy metals. Over the course of a year, concentrated animal feeding operations are said to generate over 575 billion tons of manure containing everything from nitrogen and phosphorous to antibiotics, bacterial endotoxins, and heavy metals.

Here’s a key point: if you’re going to purchase collagen supplements, buy “certified organic” only.

Consumers love the powder form in their breakfast smoothies and post-gym shakes.  But, whether this will make your skin look dewy and fresh and your bones and nails strong remains to be seen.  The widely sought after ingredient has as many detractors as it has supporters.

Still, one thing is for certain: if you want to take collagen as part of your health routine, be sure to use certified organic products only!  Due to the fact that 99 percent of U.S. farm animals live on factory farms, discovering safe products might be a lot like … finding the fountain of youth.

Sources for this article include:

The post Toxic “healthy” habit: Collagen supplements contaminated with heavy metals appeared first on NaturalHealth365.

Visit Natural Health 365 Here /

Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at

Get our Free Ebook, "Suppressed Health Secrets"  with  Natural Cures THEY don't want you to know!

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Organic Hemp Extract (CBD) - Full Spectrum high CBD (3300mg) hemp extract eases stiff joints, relieves stress and more!
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Load more ...




Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.