ALL ABOUT COLLAGEN
When you take collagen supplements internally, you are giving your body a natural boost to help support all of its important structures and to keep the whole body healthier (1).
Collagen has many benefits, such as a healthier gut and improved skin, but why? Quite simply because collagen stimulates the elasticity of the skin, which helps it shine and fight against the signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Additionally, it has also been shown to help everything from your heart and muscles to your bones and joints.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the main protein in your body. There are at least 20 different types of collagen, but the majority of them fall into one of the following three categories. (1)
Type 1: Dense and strong fibers that structure the skin, bones, connective tissues and tendons (also found in marine and cow collagen)
Type 2: Loosely packed fibers that help build elastic cartilage and other tissues that cushion the joints (also found in chicken collagen)
Type 3: Helps support muscles, organs and arteries, and is usually found with type 1 (also found in cow collagen)
Structurally, collagen is a long protein that occurs in the form of a helix and contains 19 different amino acids. The three most important are:
Wisteria, which helps in the production of DNA and RNA and helps reduce inflammation
Proline, which contributes to the production of collagen in the skin and arteries
Glutamine, which helps with digestive and immune health, muscle building and brain function
Collagen is found in bones, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, cornea, teeth, and intestinal lining. (It is also found in the connective tissues of animals, such as the skin of chicken and pork.) (2)
Its role in the epidermis and the benefits it brings.
Our skin takes a hit. As your biological armor and the largest organ in the body, it is the very thing that is exposed to the outside world. This means UV rays and other toxins can damage it, not to mention lifestyle factors like stress, smoking, alcohol, and natural aging that put your skin at risk. The effect: Sagging, wrinkled, damaged, discolored skin.
With the overall collagen drop of around 1 percent each year, you can see why mature skin is often the first sign of the aging process. One of the benefits of collagen is to reduce wrinkles. (3)
Your allies in building and supplying collagen.
It helps to make the precursor of collagen and helps bind amino acids necessary for the formation of collagen. (4)
Find it in: lemons, limes.
It is one of the three main amino acids in collagen.
Find it in: egg whites, dairy products, cabbage, asparagus, mushrooms.
It is also one of the three main amino acids in collagen.
Find it in: gelatin, pigskin, chicken skin.
This trace element protects against the degradation of collagen. (5)
Find it in: garlic, kale and other leafy greens, eggs, grass-fed beef.
This activates an enzyme which helps in the production of collagen.
Find it in: shellfish, grass-fed beef, nuts, liver.
The pigment that gives plants their vibrant green color, has been shown to increase the precursor of collagen and protect against harmful UV rays via its antioxidants. (6)
Find it in: bok choy, arugula, kale, lettuce, green beans, broccoli.
By taking the right foods internally and combining with sun protection as well as treatments based on vegetable oils that support its regeneration externally, you give yourself every chance of aging beautifully!
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