What is the link between ageing and collagen?
Consider Collagen as the body’s ‘Super Glue’ protein that keeps everything together.
Sadly, from early to mid-20’s we start to lose some of the natural store of this “Super Glue” protein. Loss varies with individuals but scientists agree that by the time you are 45 you’ve lost 30% of your body’s natural glue.
Your body will work hard to replace the lost collagen but after the age of 40 the production will become less efficient and we start seeing and feeling the signs of ageing:
- Loss of skin elasticity, formation of lines and wrinkles and the changing shape of your face.
- The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, cartilage and of course bone which, long term, can contribute to osteoarthritis.
What is collagen?
Collagen is primary structural protein found in the body and plays a key role in the healthy functioning of your body from maintaining the skin’s elasticity to keeping joints lubricated.
It makes up over 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content and is abundant throughout the body:
- All organs – especially skin where it makes up to 90% of the structural protein. Also, the cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut and intervertebral discs.
- It’s the main component of connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments
How can you slow down the ageing process?
You can protect your body’s collagen levels by living a healthy life that incorporates plenty of collagen boosting food and exercise, and by avoiding harmful oxidants such as smoking and sun damage.
But this might not be sufficient to manage that knee pain caused by arthritis or to visibly reduce wrinkles. By actively replenishing your collagen stocks you can slow down the ageing process.
What are the benefits of taking collagen supplements?
Whether your goal is beauty enhancement with the reduction of lines and wrinkles, or connective tissue repair, collagen can play a key role. Taking collagen supplements stimulate the natural collagen production giving your body the boost it needs to tackle the signs of ageing:
- Skincare: As it is orally consumed collagen influences the skin’s collagen metabolism directly from the inside, to increase the skin moisture and slow down the formation of wrinkles.
- Tissue repair and pain management: collagen’s main function within the body is to strengthen cartilage. Collagen is effective at easing the symptoms of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.