Collagen is an important building block for our bodies. It is foundational for how our skin looks and how well our tissues function. Our bodies are 20% protein, 30% of this protein is made up of collagen. Collagen gives the skin its strength and structure, and also plays a role in the replacement of dead skin cells. It can help us ward off wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, strengthen hair, and improve hail health.
Collagen production naturally declines with age, reducing the structural integrity of the skin and leading to sagging skin, the formation of lines & wrinkles, and the weakening of cartilage in joints.
Collagen is secreted by a variety of different cells, but primarily by connective tissue cells. While young, the body consistently produces collagen, but its production begins to slow around the age of 40, with a dramatic reduction in synthesis in women after menopause. By the age of 60 there is typically a considerable decline in production.
The Three Most Common Types of Collagen
Collagen type I is used in the research industry. Type II is manufactured into capsules that are used in treatment of arthritis, cellulite, and wrinkles. As for type III it is manufactured into capsules as supplements for healthy skin, bone, and muscles.
Main sources of Collagen
Bovine collagen peptides are usually lower cost, and comprise a wide array of collagen supplements on the market due to the high accessibility of bovine materials.
Like bovine products, pig collagen peptides are usually lower cost, and comprise a wide array of collagen supplements on the market due to the high accessibility of porcine materials.
Chicken collagen peptides are known to be most effective for supporting cartilage in the body. For this reason, type II collagen supplements are usually derived from chicken.
How can we benefit?
For Healthy Skin: Choose a supplement with hydrolyzed types I and III collagen. The process of hydrolyzing makes the collagen protein easier for our body to use. For best absorption, take it at least 30 minutes before eating other protein. Science has shown visible improvements in skin elasticity and appearance with well-made collagen supplements. Two additional ingredients are important.
Because of the dramatic “anti-aging” results, we consider that vitamin C, and hyaluronic acids are key: Vitamin C activates the body’s own mechanisms for collagen production.
In a double-blind, 4 week study, individuals who added hyaluronic acid to their diet showed significant reductions in skin dryness, wrinkles, and improvements in skin moisture and fullness.
(Asethetic Dermatology Vol.12 :109~120, 2002)
While most dietary collagen taken on a daily basis can benefit your health, not all collagen supplements will bring maximum results for beauty. Knowing the types of collagen, its source, and which supporting ingredients are included will help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right supplements. Also, avoid those supplements with fillers (i.e. maltodextrin), flavors or sugars, oils, artificial ingredients, things that you don’t need to add to your body.
Here at RMB Naturals we understand the importance of collagen in skin and hair health. This is why we include collagen types 1 & 3, as well as hyaluronic acid, and 400 mg of vitamin C in our Advanced Hair, Skin, and Nails product.
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