Is it important to take a collagen supplement for anti-ageing?
Did you know that from about the age of 25 we have a reduced ability to produce our own collagen? And you know what that means… hello fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The good news is, collagen is the protein in our body that is found in the greatest amount, meaning taking a supplement or eating and drinking foods that contain this protein helps to keep your natural collagen production ticking along, too. To find out more about the skin-loving benefits of collagen, we asked Dr Tracy Chandler, integrative health practitioner at Dr Wellness, to explain why it’s so good for us.
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7 fun facts about collagen
1. Collagen is super-important for skin as it makes up around 75% of the dry weight of skin. Loss of elastic recoil in the skin as we age is partly due to a reduction in collagen production.
2. Collagen is a significant part of skin, bones, hair, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels.
3. As a species, we are no longer consuming all the parts of an animal when we eat – for example, the bones, which are a great source of collagen. Therefore, when your body’s ability to produce collagen is reduced it’s super important to supplement.
4. Collagen is important for our skin as it helps to heal our gut, and a healthy gut equals healthy skin. Collagen also prevents and reverses the signs of skin ageing, strengthens hair and nails and helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
5. This essential protein supports our health overall by promoting sleep, supporting the health of joints and our cardiovascular system, and aiding bowel regularity, the function of our nervous system, the detoxification of the liver and the growth of lean muscle mass.
6. There’s no such thing as a plant collagen, only plant-based supplements that support collagen production and health. The best source of collagen is animal, fish or egg products.
7. If you are vegan, there are other things you can do to boost your collagen. These include consuming vitamin C (which helps to protect your collagen production, and build new collagen), amino acids (proline, glycine, arginine and lysine) from protein-containing foods, and other key nutrients, such as sulphur (from garlic), antioxidants, zinc, manganese, vitamin A and copper.
Collagen supplements available in New Zealand