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Collagen Supplements for Healthy Skin

It seems the majority of the Western world is on a quest to fight the signs of ageing, but it is becoming increasingly popular to look for less-intrusive ways of doing this. So why is it exactly that our skin’s appearance degrades with age and what can we do about it?

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Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues throughout our body and is a major component of our skin. As we age, our skin's inner layer loses collagen, making it less supple and firm and more vulnerable to damage and noticeable signs of ageing, such as skin sagginess and wrinkles.

In young skin, the collagen framework is intact and the skin remains moisturized and elastic. It's resilient to the many facial expressions we adopt as well as everyday environmental exposure. But, over time, the support structure weakens and the skin loses its elasticity. The skin begins to lose its tone as the collagen support wears down.

You’ve most likely heard of ‘collagen injections’,  or ‘collagen creams’, the beauty industry’s answer to helping men and women fight the signs of ageing.  However, more recently, internal collagen supplementation has been recommended as an effective way to help fight the signs of ageing. Studies have shown that taking collagen capsules activates the formation of new collagen by the body, thus acting as an anti-aging supplement.

The collagen molecule historically has been considered too large to be absorbed internally but new advances have been noted in making collagen bioavailable in the form of supplements. Most collagen-based beauty supplements on the market contain what is called ‘hydrolyzed collagen’ - a substance produced by breaking down collagen derived from animal bone and/or connective tissues. The collagen is broken down by means of a process called hydrolysis, which involves the decomposition of compounds by reaction with water molecules.

Collagen supplements may improve the undesired appearance caused by collagen depletion with age. Healthy people generally do not need to take collagen supplements, but many people choose to take them to promote a youthful appearance. Collagen supplements come in different dosages because they are used for other purposes too, such as the management of arthritis. When used as a beauty supplement, collagen should be limited to about five or six grams daily.

When taking collagen supplements, it is important to have adequate Vitamin C and the amino acid ‘lysine’ in the diet. Some collagen supplements also contain Vitamin C, as it is responsible for building collagen in the body and required for collagen to work. Alpha Lipoic Acid is another supplement to consider taking with collagen, as it maximizes the effectiveness of Vitamin C in the body.

If you're considering the use of collagen supplements for anti-aging purposes or for the treatment of a chronic condition, talk to your doctor or natural health professional before starting your supplement regimen.

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