Collagen 101: What is this stuff?
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the different collagens that are available and how beneficial they are for your skin, hair, nails, muscles and bones. If you haven’t heard of this, then sit back, relax and keep reading.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the “glue” that holds our bodies together. It is the most important building block and comprises approximately 30% of the proteins that are in our bodies. Collagen is the key anatomical protein that ensures the coherence, elasticity and regeneration of our connective tissues, which includes, skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Collagen can strengthen and fortify various body structures and also improve the integrity of our skin.
WAKE UP! Sorry if I put you to sleep for a minute, but it’s important to know what all this is before I discuss how important it is and if you should be taking a collagen supplement to boost your body’s natural supply.
Okay, so what are the benefits, lady?!! Here we go!
- Improve Skin Health:
- Collagen helps to strengthen skin and improve elasticity and hydration. As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen leading to dry skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- A study found that women who drank a beverage containing a collagen supplement daily for 12 weeks experienced increased skin hydration and significant wrinkle reduction.
- Helps Relieve Joint Pain
- Collagen helps to maintain the integrity of your cartilage, or the rubber like tissue
found in your joints.
- Some studies have shown that adding collagen supplements into your daily routine can help to improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and reduce overall joint pain.
- Could Prevent Bone Loss
- Bones are comprised mostly of collagen, which is what provides them with their strength. By incorporating collagen into your daily diet, you can greatly increase the strength and density of your bones and aid in reducing the speed of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
There are several other benefits of collagen that I could bore you with forever. There are also many different types, brands and methods of taking collagen should you be interested in incorporating it into your everyday diet.
As with all things health, please consult your doctor or physician prior to taking any collagen supplement. Safety is of utmost importance.
Should you have any questions regarding collagen and what we offer here at MACS, give us a call! We’re always happy to hear from you and happy to answer questions. Here’s to healthy bones, tissues, muscles, hair, skin and nails! 412-704-5259.