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Collagen is often referred to as the body’s scaffolding, as it is the protein that glues the body together and one of the most abundant proteins found in the human body.
For hundreds of years, the Chinese have used collagen as a Fountain of Youth, using the animal product to smooth withered skin and preserve ageing joints. In the 1980s collagen became popular in the USA as an expensive injectable filler to plump lips and soften lines. But more recently, science has shown the true benefits of collagen and companies have created edible versions of the wonder protein, collagen.“It’s definitely among the top three products people ask me about,” says Mark Moyad, MD, director of the complementary and alternative medicine program at the University of Michigan Medical Center. 

Collagen is the Body’s Scaffolding

Collagen is often referred to as the body’s scaffolding, as it is the protein that glues the body together and one of the most abundant proteins found in the human body.“It’s the glue that holds the body together,” says New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out.
Whitney says that collagen supplies the volume that keeps your skin looking plump and prevents ageing lines. It’s also very high in the important amino acids proline and glycine, which work to repair your tendons, bones, and joints, extremely important for athletes and as you grow older. “As we get older, we break it down faster than we can replace it,” she says. Whitney Bowe learned only a few years ago that people were now eating collagen instead of injecting it to make their skin look younger, and she was sceptical. But she has since changed her mind after seeing the science and her client’s results.“Just in the last few years, there have been some impressive studies showing that ingestible collagen can indeed impact the appearance of skin,” says Bowe. In 2014 a study of 69 women ages 35 to 55 revealed that those women who consumed only 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for 8 weeks showed a huge improvement in their skin elasticity, compared with those who did not consume the collagen. Another study confirmed this result and found that women who took 1 gram of collagen per day for 12 weeks had 76% less dryness, 12% fewer visible wrinkles and better blood flow in the skin.


So What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in our body and is made up of long chains of linked amino acids. Collagen are the building blocks of our connective tissue, which is essential to the function of our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, skin, blood vessels and digestive system.

Unfortunately, the production of our natural collagen begins to decline in our mid-twenties at a rate of 1.5% per year, but by consuming collagen you can combat this decline. Our dietary source of quality collagen comes from parts of the animals that aren’t popular in today’s diet. Traditional diets that would use the whole animal were rich in collagen, whereas modern diets lack this collagen and need help from a quality supplement. So unless you wanting to boil bones to create bone broth every day, you may need a quality collagen supplement. But not all collagen supplements are made the same, you need to be careful.

You need to be sure that you find a collagen supplement that is in a format that our body can easily access and use. Hydrolyzed collagen is what you need, which simply means that it contains a smaller molecular structure making it easier for the collagen peptides to enter your bloodstream and be transported to the area your body most needs it.



The benefits of Hydrolysed Collagen

1. Skin and Hair Benefits

  • Improves skin hydration and elasticity.
  • Can visibly improve your skin tone and appearance.
  • Reduces fine lines.
  • Hydrates dry, brittle hair.

2. Joint Benefits

  • Maintains joint health.
  • Reduces risk of joint damage.
  • Strengthens you cartilage and ligaments.

3. Gut Benefits

  • Helps to repair the digestive tract and prevents leaky gut.
  • Optimizes immune function of the intestines.
  • Helps maintain the function and health of intestines.



References for Collagen: The Fountain of Youth

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology: “Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.”

Clinical Interventions in Aging: “Ingestion of BioCell Collagen, a novel hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract; enhanced blood microcirculation and reduced facial aging signs.”

British Journal of Nutrition: “Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial.”


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