I’ve been involved in health, beauty, and fitness for more than ten years, and I admit I’ve been neglecting collagen. I knew what it was and what the primary functions are. But I was skipping over the more important point – about our decreased ability for natural production.
I knew that the number went lower, but that curve goes sharply down in ways that you may not want to think about. Good news! We’re here to deliver the bad news.
Hold on to More Collagen for Younger Skin
I began to notice people skin and hands (hi – my own) and in particular; the older person gets, the more likely their skin is starting to look thin and transparent. I’ve also seen that people with low levels of collagen tend to show bruises more easily.
One of the primary functions of collagen is to act as a shock absorber under the skin. When you can see the underlying structures, i.e., joints, tendons, veins, it suggests that collagen levels may be low. Collagen also acts as a storehouse for moisture and lubrication of the skin so dehydration can play a factor here as well. Always make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
There are many many things that you can do with topical beauty, but it’s also important to focus on what’s happening underneath your skin as well.
Collagen for Joint Health
Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the ability of collagen supplements in the treatment of degenerative joint disease. Other benefits linked with collagen supplementation include firmer skin, a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, fast recovery from injuries, stronger nails and healthier hair.*
Collagen is a vitally essential type of protein. It is fibrous in nature, connecting and supporting other bodily tissues, skin, bone, tendons, muscles, and cartilage. It also helps the internal organs and is present in your eyes and your teeth. In fact, collagen makes up some 50% of your whole body protein content.
Collagen can even be thought of as the glue that holds your body together – without it, you could fall apart. However, from the age of 25, the human body starts to lose collagen at a rate of 1% each year. That is a significant decrease over time.
What is Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Hydrolyzed collagen (i.e. collagen protein that has been enzymatically or otherwise processed to make it more digestible) has been proven in studies to accumulate significantly in joints and cartilage after oral consumption. As some 25% of the population is suffering from soft-tissue and joint problems at any single time, more collagen could be helpful. The soft tissue present between bones that enables your joint functions and absorbs impact is easily damaged. The repair process can improve with an increase in the biosynthesis of collagen.*
Want Healthy Joints?
There is clinical research in Germany, UK, and the US into different types of collagen. Studies show that taking a daily supplement of collagen can help sufferers of arthritis and ease joint pain.*
Athletes susceptible to joint impact injuries have been successfully treated in the US with larger doses of collagen over a three-month period. After the three months; the posttreatment study showed results of reduced joint pain at rest, joint pain when walking or standing, and reduced joint pain when carrying objects or lifting.*
Collagen for Radiant Skin
Japanese clinical researchers used collagen peptides and monitored thе hydration status in the skin of females. They noted improvements in the water absorption capacity. (hello – hydrated complexion)Their studies showed that taking Collagen helps smooth the appearance of skin and soften fine lines and wrinkles.*
Increased collagen intake can improve your eyes, strengthen your nails and improve the condition of your hair.*
All kinds of Collagens – Type I, Type II, and Type III are available relatively inexpensively as capsules or powders, or as a liquid. Collagen supplements are available at our main site under anti-aging supplements, and bone & joint supplements.
Keep in mind that blog posts are our opinion only and are for informational purposes. Always consult with your doctor or medical professional before taking any supplements. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Have you considered taking collagen supplements? If so, do you prefer capsules, powders, or the liquid formula? We’d love to hear your experiences.