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Collagen: The Secret Weapon You Need to Know About

As the most abundant protein in the body, “Collagen” is on every woman’s lips (no pun intended), recommended by health experts and holds essential benefits for women and men alike. Unlike many other beauty and health phenomena, the buzz created by this protein may actually be warranted considering the fact that it forms the building block promoting skin elasticity, holding together your bones and muscles, protecting your organs and providing structure to joints and tendons.

The good news is that Collagen is self-produced by the body regularly. That being said, production is affected by ageing, bad diets, smoking and sun exposure. This is why it is available in many forms today, from creams to powders and pills.

So, one would ask, what are the benefits of this wrinkle-wrestler; this bio-glue?

Improves health of skin

Supplying the body with collagen on a regular basis helps the skin look firmer, increases smoothness and repairs and renews skin cells. It improves skin moisture, preventing trans-epidermal water loss and skin roughness – all with little to no side effects.

Reduces joint pain and degeneration

When we lose collagen, our tendons and ligaments start to lose mobility causing joint stiffness and swelling. Recent studies have found that collagen also treats osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. Researchers at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston found that supplementing patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with type 2 collagen relieved them from painful symptoms by decreasing swelling in tender joints.

Boosts metabolism, muscle mass and energy output 

A rise in collagen levels may help increase metabolism by adding lean muscle mass and aiding the conversion of essential nutrients. Retaining muscle mass as you age is crucial for posture and skeletal support, preventing bone and cartilage degeneration. A part of collagen, called Glycine, forms muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy which feeds muscle cells.

Strengthens nails, hair and teeth

Adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails strong and possibly reverse hair loss. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that there’s an “essential relationship between the extracellular matrix (ECM) and hair follicle regeneration, suggesting that collagen could be a potential therapeutic target for hair loss and other skin-related diseases.”

Improves liver and cardiovascular health

For the ultimate body detox, improvement in blood flow and a young heart, collagen just might be the answer! Another part of collagen, the amino acid Proline, helps the artery walls release fat build-up in the bloodstream, minimising fat accumulation. Proline is also needed for tissue repair within the joints and arteries.

Gone are the days of “natural” ageing (however pleasant that may sound). Supplementing with collagen can see a decrease in joint pain with all the niggles that come along with it and unnecessary organ trouble that comes with age. Collagen is fast becoming an essential supplement for all to incorporate into our everyday diets! The added bonus: It may plump those deeper wrinkles too!

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