What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant building block of healthy skin, constituting a whopping 75 - 80% of skin's dry weight. It's a structural protein that gives the skin its strength and shape. Think of it as a "frame" for the skin, while elastin and hyaluronic acid act as “paddings” on the frame.
There are 28 different types of collagen! Over 90 percent of collagen in the body is comprised of Types 1 and 3 collagen. These support skin, muscles, bone health, and hair and nail maintenance.
Collagen Type 2 makes up the fluids and function in the cartilage and joints.
Where does Collagen come from?
Our mighty bodies make it by breaking down the protein we get from foods into amino acids. And these amino acids are put together again into various types of proteins including collagen. This is why a balanced diet of protein-rich foods (chicken, beef, eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts and whole grains, for example) and a variety of fresh produce is so important for an all over health and glow. A diet high in fresh vegetables and fruit has the added benefit of providing antioxidants, which protect the body from oxidative stress that can degrade collagen.
Why to supplement with Collagen?
The fact is that as we age, collagen production in our bodies decreases. Starting from around 30 years of age and by the age of 40, the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases by about 25%, and by age 60, it has decreased to somewhere around 50%. This is why wrinkles and sagging start to happen. There are of course other factors, such as genetics, diet, skin type and sun damage that can affect how fast our skin ages. But to help our bodies make collagen at optimal levels, we can help by consuming hydrolysed collagen peptides.
Which Collagen to take?
The selection of different collagen products seems to be growing daily and things can get confusing. The good news is that more and more research has been done on this matter and a growing body of evidence has demonstrated the efficacy of collagen peptides to improve parameters of skin physiology. All of the collagen products we stock come from highly recommended brands, like Vida Glow, Morlife and Nutra Organics.
Marine collagen peptides are very popular among consumers as they are highly bioavailable and long time users swear by it. One thing to keep in mind is that marine collagen is not advised to be taken when pregnant as those pesky pregnancy hormones can cause hyper sensitivity to fish products. Bovine collagen peptides on the other hand are actually highly recommended as they provide many skin benefits for the pregnant woman.