Collagen is a big buzz now in the world of beauty and skin care. See what the science says about the benefits of using collagen daily:
Reduces Wrinkles and Slows Aging
Aging causes collagen in our skin to weaken leading to visible signs of aging including wrinkles and saggy skin. Preclinical studies show that regular intake repairs skin collagen and elastin protein fibers and strengthens the outer skin surface. Other studies have reported that supplementation decreased wrinkles and improved skin hydration and firmness.
Collagen contains several amino acids including lysine, glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Proline and glycine play important antioxidant roles by protecting against free radicals that cause cell damage. Hydroxyproline is made into glycine and it may help regulate a cell’s oxidative state. Preclinical studies show that it also protects against oxidative skin damage caused by ultraviolet light from sun exposure.
Collagen supplementation increases natural collagen synthesis and helps incorporate minerals into the bone matrix. Daily supplementation also significantly increases the size and mineral density of femur bones.
Bone strength is a function of the quantity and quality of bone tissue including its collagen microstructure. Supplementation improves collagen quality while supplementation in animals significantly increases bone mineral density and toughness.
Protein Intake and Body Composition
Dietary protein is not only essential for
weight management but is also required to maintain lean body mass and muscle
repair. It is also essential to maximize athletic performance by helping to
build muscle and improve workout performance and recovery. Collagen is a
pure protein with no fat or carbohydrate to dilute its impact.
If you feel that you may benefit from taking collagen, talk to your therapist and ask about what type is best for you. You can also check out our online store!
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