You might already be familiar with collagen.
Just a few years ago it was quickly joining botox as the new fangled “it kid” in cosmetic surgery. People kept turning to collagen so they could look younger.
Well, neither of the reasons to take collagen that I’ll be talking about have anything to do with plastic surgery.
The things I’ll be covering aren’t just medical gimmicks.
Fast Facts about Collagen
This list comes courtesy of Medical News Today.
- Around 30% of all the proteins in the human body are collagen.
- Type I collagen fibrils are stronger than steel.
- Collagen is most commonly found within the body in the skin, bones and connective tissues.
- Collagen gives the skin its strength and elasticity and is also responsible for the replacement of dead skin cells.
- Collagen production typically begins to decline after the age of 40.
- Collagen in medical products can be derived from human, bovine, porcine and ovine sources.
- Collagen dressings attract new skin cells to wound sites.
- Cosmetic products such as revitalizing lotions that claim to increase collagen levels are unlikely to do so, as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.
- Collagen production can be stimulated through the use of laser therapy.
- Controllable factors that damage the production of collagen include sunlight, smoking and high sugar consumption.
Bet you didn’t know that about collagen, did you?
But, the cool thing is, you can actually take collagen as a supplement to help increase your health.
The first reason to take it is for gut health (no more rumbling stomach aches) and the second is for skin health.
Let me show you why collagen will soon become one of the fastest growing supplements in the world.
How Collagen Helps With Gut Health
Collagen can be found in nature as it comes from the bones of animals. Typically, the collagen purchased by consumers comes from cows.
Most anytime you get collagen in supplemental form it’s been isolated from animal tissue, so it’s not vegan.
Collagen is isolated from the bones of animals, and it can help heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation.
The mechanism behind this owes to collagen being made up of a matrix of amino-acids that are able to soothe the gut.
Both glycine and glutamine found in collagen are some of the best known natural substances that work to repair leaky gut.
Here’s How Collagen Makes You Look Younger
Now, I’ll make it a point to tell you that I’m not really into the whole “health for beauty trend.”
I’m into “Health As It Ought To Be.” It just so happens when you’re in better health you also happen to look better.
Now, as you learned above, collagen makes up about 30% of human tissue.
As we age, our collagen production begins to decrease (just like most things), meaning without it you can become saggier and wrinklier. Sorry to be so descriptive. It is what is though.
Collagen supplements allow your body to absorb the vital nutrient matrix without the need to manufacture it on its own, which can help you
- Reduce fine lines
- Reduce wrinkles
- Smoother and tighter skin
- Firm up adipose tissue
The way this all works is collagen supplementation helps to rebuild connective tissue.
I’m not going to say this is an “anti-aging” formula. I don’t believe in such things.
To truly be anti-aging it would mean it would have to stop the earth from revolving around the sun, and if that happened, well, the sudden stop would send us all flying off the ground at 1,000+ mph hour and I just don’t recommend those kinds of things.
All kidding aside, it isn’t anti-aging.
But, it is restorative and therapeutic to damaged, stressed out skin and tissues.
Which can have the added benefit of making you look younger and more youthful than you presently do.
The bottom line is, adding a collage supplement into your diet might help you feel better inside and outside, and that’s something worth looking into, don’t you agree?
P.S. It also works as a great “paleo-friendly” protein too.