You’ve probably heard of collagen as it appears to be the new buzzword, but the benefits of collagen are too good to be dismissed as just a health trend. So, what is collagen and why is everyone from doctors to estheticians recommending it?
Collagen: The Magic ‘Glue’
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It makes up 70% of the protein in your skin and 30% of the protein in the rest of the body. It is what gives your skin suppleness and keeps you looking young. It’s a glue that keeps your bones and connective tissues strong. Collagen has many benefits to your body, check out these top five benefits:
Top Five Benefits Of Collagen
1. Improves Skin Health: Collagen is one of the best natural skin care ingredients. Research shows that women (35-55 years) that took 2.5 – 5 grams of collagen for eight weeks showed improved skin health1. Researchers found that these women reported better skin elasticity and moisture. They also reported improvement in skin dryness and roughness without side effects.
2. Strengthens Nails And Hair: When you run low on collagen it surfaces as brittle nails and hair loss. Studies reveal that collagen can help regenerate nails and promote hair re-growth by improving hair follicle regeneration2.
3. Protects Your Joints And Muscles: If you experience stiff joints and pain it could be due to loss of collagen in your body’s tissues. Studies show that taking collagen can help ease joint pain and reduce the risk of joint deterioration3,4. A recent study found collagen as an effective treatment for treating patients with arthritis-induced joint pain5.
4. Helps Heal A Leaking Gut: If you suffer from leaking gut syndrome, supplementing collagen in your diet can help heal your gut lining. There is evidence that patients with inflammatory bowel disease have low serum concentrations of collagen6. Supplementing collagen helps form connective tissue, which in turn helps heals the delicate lining of the intestinal tract.
5. Builds Muscle And Burns Fat: If you workout to increase muscle mass, collagen can be your best friend. Collagen is rich in amino acid glycine, which helps make creatine. It should come as no surprise that taking collagen can help you train longer, increase muscle mass and burn fat.
Being the magic glue that it is, our bodies produce collagen to keep up with everyday wear and tear. But, the body’s collagen production starts to slow down as we age. It causes things like…
- Sagging skin
- Joint pains
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss
Besides aging, other lifestyle factors also play a critical role in influencing the amount of collagen your body can produce. Reasons why you may be running low on collagen.
- Eating refined or processed food.
- Too much sugar in your diet in the form of soda, energy drinks, and sugary beverages.
- Don’t protect yourself from harsh UV rays from the sun.
- Exposure to pollutants, pesticides, and other chemicals.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
- Low intake of collagen-rich foods.
The good news, despite aging and lifestyle factors, you can still keep up your collagen levels by kicking up your collagen intake.
Ways To Increase Collagen Levels?
Include Plenty Of Vitamin C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C helps build collagen. Include plenty of vitamin C-rich citrus fruits in your diet like kale and broccoli.
Drink Bone Broth Regularly: Although it is a time consuming to make bone broth, it helps amp up your collagen levels.
Collagen Supplements: NATURELO’s collagen supplement has a combination of nutrients like vitamin C, E, Biotin, omega-3, and other collagen-boosting nutrients. We recommend taking it daily to increase your collagen intake.
1. Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 2014;27(1):47-55. doi: 10.1159/000351376. Epub 2013 Aug 14
2. Lack of Collagen VI Promotes Wound-Induced Hair Growth, 2015 Oct;135(10):2358-2367. doi: 10.1038/jid.2015.187. Epub 2015 May 19
3. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain, 2008 May;24(5):1485-96. doi: 10.1185/030079908X291967 . Epub 2008 Apr 15
4. Effect of collagen hydrolysate in articular pain: a 6-month randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study, 2012 Jun;20(3):124-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2011.12.007. Epub 2012 Jan 20
5. Collagen hydrolysate for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders: a review of the literature, 2006 Nov;22(11):2221-32
6. Serum laminin and collagen IV in inflammatory bowel disease, 2003 Nov;56(11):817-20