In Los Angeles, Collagen is mostly known as an aging woman’s best friend. Collagen is the wrinkle-preventing protein that the body produces naturally, in women and men alike, keeping skin smooth and young. However, as we age, this fountain of youth begins to run dry and our skin begins to sag. Therefore, in an effort to stay young, many turn to Collagen injections or creams to stave off the years. Facial injections ranging from two to four times a year. Nightly creams or masks. It all becomes part of the next generation beauty regimen.
But is skin health all this structural protein that makes up from 25% to 35% of the body’s entire protein content good for? How about Collagen supplements? Yes, is there really a pill one can take to look, fell and stay younger? Meaning, can it even benefit the body in other areas as well?
The amazing thing about supplementing with Collagen is that it not only helps the body produce more of this miracle protein on its own; it can stimulate the body’s production of other proteins that help keep the integrity of the skin’s elasticity over time. Try aking 2.5-5 grams for eight weeks and see if there is a difference.
Studies have shown that taking Collagen supplements on a regular basis can have a positive impact on Bone Loss and Joint Pain. For those experiencing Bone Loss, a daily dose of 5 grams for a year may slow or improve osteoporosis scores. Less Joint Pain, try a dosage of 8–12 grams daily and adjust from there.
Nothing really says one is young and healthy more that having a strong heart and good muscle tone for keeping up one’s activity level. Stiffening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) which can lead to heart attacks, is a sure sign of aging. Can it be reversed? One study showed that after a six month regimen of 16 grams of Collagen a day, 31 healthy adults saw a significant reduction in artery blockage and a 6% increase in HDL levels – dramatically lowering their risk of a heart event.
While Collagen only comprises between 1–10% of muscle tissue, it plays an important role in keeping muscles strong and operating as they should. However, another disease one may encounter with age is sarcopenia (the deterioration of muscle mass). However, there may even be good news on that front as well. There is evidence that supplementing with Collagen may stimulate muscle growth when taken after exercise.
Even though Collagen is the wrinkle-preventing protein, it has many other benefits. While researchers agree that more studies are needed to solidify the benefits of Collagen on and in the body, there doesn’t seem to be any downside. However, if you are like me and don’t like to supplement with pills or mixtures, you can choose to increase your levels naturally by introducing more Collagen-rich foods into your diet.
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