Collagen is a natural protein found in skin. Collagen supports the skin and gives it elasticity helping it appear more youthful and healthy. As we age our collagen production starts to decline which results in fine lines, wrinkles & sagging skin.
Better Skin Health –Collagen makes up 70% of the protein in your skin, thus the nickname given to collagen as “the glue that holds your body together”. As we age, collagen production begins to decrease over time (this starts as early as you mid 20’s!), which leads to looser skin and more wrinkles!
However, adding a soluble collagen supplement to your diet can help increase the collagen levels in your body and in turn help to maintain smooth and firm skin. It doesn’t stop there either! Collagen is also important in hair and nail growth, strength, and regeneration.
Collagen helps increase blood flow in your body, which in return increases blood flow to your scalp and nails. This helps provide your hair follicles with the necessary amino acids and nutrients needed for strong, healthy hair. While your hair follicles are primarily made up of keratin protein, the building blocks of your hair, it’s structural support system and the amino acids the keratin protein needs come from collagen!
Improved Joint Health-Research into collagen supplementation found that using hydrolyzed collagen supplements helps promote joint health and potentially restore some bone density in people with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, also showed that it helped reduce joint pain.
Increased Muscle Mass-The researchers theorized that collagen helped stimulate the production of the proteins responsible for muscle growth.
Prevents Bone Loss-The researchers found that the women taking the calcium and the collagen had lower levels of a protein responsible for breaking down bones in their blood.
Supports heart health& Liver - Collagen plays an important role in helping heart and liver health because of the amino acids prevalent in collagen. One of those amino acids, proline, is especially helpful in reducing fat buildup in the bloodstream and repairing tissue within the arteries as well as joints. Another amino acid, arginine, helps within widening the arteries for better blood flow and relaxing the blood vessels to improve circulation.
Other potential benefits-
maintaining a healthy gut
maintaining a healthy weight
promoting healthy nail and hair growth