Collagen is the most abundant protein produced by the body. It forms the structure of the connective tissue in our skin, hair, nails, muscles, joints, blood vessels and digestive system.
Collagen keeps our skin plump, taut and looking youthful, it keeps our joints flexible and protects the lining of our digestive system. However, as we age collagen production declines.
Many topical beauty treatments contain collagen, you can even have it injected into your skin and lips. While these treatment can be beneficial they only influence the epidermis of the skin - the top layers, and their results are short term.
Taking collagen as a supplements can help increase the amount of collagen your body produces and this can have a number of benefits including:
Improved skin elasticity and hydration and as a result prevention of stretch marks
Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce appearance of cellulite
Improved gut health, improved nutrient absorption and reduce severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis
Better renewal of skin cells, improved wound healingand reduce appearance of scaring
Increased keratin production resulting in stronger hair and nails
Reduced joint aches and pains and improve joint flexibility
While collagen has proven benefits for your health and wellbeing it is important to note that it can not do this job alone. Important co-factors for collagen production and glowing skin include vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, zinc and omega fatty acids.
I recommend collagen supplements in addition to a wholefood diet including an abundance of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, good quality protein, healthy oils, at least 2 litres of filtered water each day and regular exercise.
It is also important to take steps to protect your skin against collagen loss which is accelerated by excessive sun exposure, smoking and high sugar intake.