THE KNOWN FACTS
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s one of the main building blocks of your body’s connective tissue and can be found in the skin, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as other areas such as blood vessels, eyes and teeth.
It makes up around a third (35%) of the total protein within your body and is best described as the ‘glue’ that holds your connective tissue together.
Most people associate Collagen supplements with the benefits it can have on the skin. It’s the part of the skin that gives it its elasticity and plumpness and plays an important role in giving it that youthful bounce we all long for.
THE KNOWN FACTS
What does Collagen actually do in the body?
There are loads of different types of collagen within the body (around 16 to be exact) but main four are type I, II, III, and IV.
Type I: This is the main one and the type that we use in our Advanced Collagen Supplement. It’s densely packed and makes up 90% of your body’s total Collagen stores. It’s the type that provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, connective tissue and teeth.
Type II: This is found in elastic cartilage which cushions your joints and is made up of much more loosely packed fibres.
Type III: This can be found in the muscles, organs and arteries and helps them to function effectively.
Type IV: This type is found in the layers of your skin and supports the filtration process (the process of getting rid of toxins).
Collagen and the skin
Like all things in life, we age.
It’s normal, it’s natural, and it’s a part of life, well, that we all go through.
As you age, the rate in which your body produces Collagen slowly declines. Believe it or not, this process actually starts at age 25.
At this age, your Collagen levels slowly start to decline at a rate of 1.7% per year and by age 50 it starts to diminish very significantly at around 50% per year. The rate at which your Collagen depletes is slightly different in everyone and is dependant on a whole host of factors such as your genetics, diet, UV exposure and stress levels which can all have an impact on your Collagen levels.
One of the visible signs of this natural Collagen depletion can be seen in the skin, which generally becomes less firm, supple and just has a less of a ‘glow’ to it.
You can increase your Collagen levels by eating foods that help to naturally produce more of the protein but one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways is to take a Collagen supplement.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines after just 4 weeks
Increases skin hydration for a more radiant complexion
Supports the growth of thick, healthy hair
Promotes stronger nails
Increases bone and muscle density
Supports heart health
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At what age do I need to start taking Collagen?
The truth is, whilst it sounds incredibly young (and it is) anyone above the age of 25 can benefit from taking a Collagen supplement.
Whilst, yes, your skin will look young in your twenties, the effects of ageing start to show up later in life. It might sound cliche but when it comes to looking after your skin from within, prevention really is better than the cure.
But it’s not just your natural Collagen depletion that can affect how you age. Environmental factors such as a demanding lifestyle, drinking, smoking, UV exposure and pollution can also speed up the ageing process.
Collagen supplements are here to help. The long and short of it is, it’s fine to start taking Collagen in your twenties. Whilst you may not see huge visible differences at this age (apart from glowier more hydrated skin) it’s where you can make the biggest difference in years to come.
Plus, it’s also a super supplement for other areas of the body. Hair growth, nail growth, even eyelash growth, along with muscle, joint and heart health are just some of the benefits of taking a collagen supplement.
So if you’re a heavy gym goer, or have been burning the candle at both ends, Collagen can help support you.
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Why this health coach swears by Collagen
"I was first introduced to collagen via an insider tip from my lovely neighbour, who also happens to be a hugely knowledgeable nutritional therapist.
Around five years ago, she took me aside and gave me an invaluable piece of advice. I had just had a DEXA scan that revealed the bone density of my hips was weak – something that had first been picked up when I was only 35."
Given that my mum had osteopenia and had suffered a few breaks, I was desperate to do whatever I could to protect my bones, which are, after all, the scaffolding for my whole self."