Collagen Benefits for For More Youthful-Looking Skin
Written by Hannah Williams Naturopath
Collagen—the number one nutrient for more youthful skin. A grand statement, I know! But hold tight you are about to read why.
Collagen makes up approximately 80% of the structure of our skin, making it the most abundant protein in the body. It is responsible for providing your skin with its firmness and bounce. It makes up the connective tissue that keeps everything in place.
The unfortunate thing is that after the age of 20, our natural production of collagen starts to decline. This is when wrinkles start to appear, and our skin starts to lose its plump and youthful appearance.
There’s good news!
Taking collagen may combat many of these changes. A study in 2013 of 100 women between the ages of 45 and 65 showed a significant reduction in wrinkles after only 4 weeks of use.
How do you get more collagen in your life?
Getting more collagen is not as simple as buying the latest anti-aging cream. Collagen molecules applied topically are too large to reach the deeper layers of the skin where collagen production takes place. Eating gelatinous cuts of meat and drinking bone broth will provide you with a generous dose of bioavailable collagen. If you are after a more convenient solution, try hydrolysed collagen.
Why hydrolysed collagen?
Hydrolysed collagen is broken down into smaller molecules. It is easy to digest and is water soluble. Taken internally, it can increase the collagen in your skin by 60%!
Your body also relies on other nutrients for healthy skin. A sufficient amount of vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis. Although many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, it is often not enough.
Consider supplementing with a natural food-based vitamin C, such as Acerola Berry and Guava. Guava has the added benefit of zinc, a mineral superstar that is needed for almost every cellular function in the body, including maintaining healthy skin.
When looking for collagen supplements, look for a quality product made with hydrolysed collagen. Take 2,500mg a day for more youthful, radiant skin.
Always consult with your GP or Healthcare Practitioner before commencing any supplementation.
Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin Wrinkles and Increases Dermal Matrix Synthesis Proksch E., Schunck M., Zague V., Segger D., Degwert J., Oesser S. Skin Pharmacol Physiology, December 2013
Varani J, Dame MK, Rittie L, et al. Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin : Roles of Age-Dependent Alteration in Fibroblast Function and Defective Mechanical Stimulation. The American Journal of Pathology. 2006;168(6):1861-1868. doi:10.2353/ajpath.2006.051302.