One of the common questions we get asked a lot is whether or not there are side effects when taking collagen supplements for hair loss. There are known side effects when taking collagen but none of the side effects are anything you really should be concerned about. These side effects apply whether or not you’re taking collagen supplements for hair loss or any other reason.

If you aren’t aware collagen is basically a family of fibrous protein which essentially are the building blocks for skin, bones as well as teething cartilage in all connective tissues. It’s something that the body naturally produces and we all needed it. The great thing about using natural things such as collagen is that when your body naturally produces something if whatever you’re taking to supplement it originates from an organic source the body won’t know the difference. This is definitely the case when taking collagen supplements, the side effects that I’ll list below is basically user specific and not a general thing that affects everyone.

High Calcium Levels

MedlinePlus (supported by the national Institute of health) states that one of the potential side effects of taking collagen supplements is high calcium levels or hypercalcemia. This can be a cause of concern if you’re using marine based collagen which uses shark cartilage or shellfish cartilage in their supplements. These two ingredients have been shown to have a high level of calcium which could significantly raise your calcium levels assuming you already have high calcium levels. This can easily be tested by checking your calcium levels while you’re on collagen to see how your body reacts to it. The average rate for collagen levels are 8.5 to 10.2 mg/dl. Anything higher than 10.2 mg/dl should be a cause of concern but like I said earlier this affects very few people. A few of the signs indicating that you might have high calcium levels are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, constipation as well as bone pain.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Another side effect of taking collagen supplements could potentially be hypersensitivity reactions. This has been noted by the national Institute of allergy and infectious diseases. This usually only affects people with immune system disorders, the immune system having a negative response to allergens such as food, drugs as well as collagen. So basically what this means is that if you’re allergic to marine-based food products then you should probably avoid marine-based collagen. Even though marine-based collagen is the most effective form of collagen if you’re allergic to marine-based animals such as shellfish your only choice would probably be to use a bovine based collagen product which is not as effective for hairloss as well as reducing wrinkles. If you’re not sure simply ask your doctor to give you a hypersensitivity test so that way you can know for sure before taking any collagen supplement.

Bad Taste in the Mouth

Last but not least the aftertaste is something that people really hate when it comes to collagen supplements according to MedlinePlus. Most marine-based collagen products have an unpleasant aftertaste which is why some people shy away from it. Skinade happens to be one of the only marine-based collagen products that has an extremely great aftertaste, so much so that they even won an award for their proprietary blend of tropical flavors. It’s by far one of the best tasting collagen supplements on the market.

That’s pretty much it! These are the only known side effects of taking collagen, there might potentially be more but since it affects such a small group of people I don’t think any major studies have been done on them.