You may have heard about Collagen many times from your medical specialists, beauticians, dermatologists or even cosmetics ads and products and how good it really is for your body, especially skin. Obviously, all that hearsay must have given birth to curiosity inside you to know more about Collagen and how does it really work? Well, your answers lie in this article. We will be addressing you about Collagen through verified, scientific and factual, well-researched studies.

 

If you really want to know and care about what role (Spoiler alert! It’s very important) does exactly Collagen play in our body then we advise you to read till the end and be a part of this informative journey.

 

 

  • What is Collagen?

 

Collagen is basically a protein which is found in and is one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. In fact, it is one of the most abundant proteins in the body making up to 35% of all body protein content. It is also a key component of our connective tissues which are responsible for binding, holding, supporting and strengthening other body tissues, as well as insulating and protecting the organs. Therefore, Collagen is absolutely vital to health and proper integrity and function on ALL body tissues and organs.

 

Collagen requires Vitamin C to synthesize and without an adequate amount of Vitamin C in the body, the Collagen synthesis isn’t efficient, which ultimately can have drastic effects on the body (discussed later). Although there is one good news – your body produces Collagen on a regular basis, but it slows down as we get older. Many lifestyle habits can also bring Collagen production to a screeching halt. Some health conditions may also deplete your Collagen storage.

 

  • What can happen if your body is Collagen deficient or can’t synthesize it?

 

As discussed earlier, Collagen is extremely important for almost every organ and tissue in our bodies. It is what basically holds together our body parts and provide elasticity to the skin, structure to bones, tendons, and ligaments, protect the organs, and helping the blood clot. So, the question here is that, since Collagen is so important that without it our body might just ‘fall apart’, what exactly are the fatal effects can its absence or non-efficiency bring upon our body? The most common signs, symptoms and effects of decreased Collagen synthesis are as following:

 

~ Decreased skin elasticity, sagging, wrinkles, easy bruising.

~ Joint problems such as arthritis, stiffness, and pain.

~ Frequent sports injuries e.g. torn ligaments.

~ Broken facial capillaries – so-called ‘spider veins’.

~ Bone problems – osteopenia, osteoporosis, fractures.

~ Rare conditions such as Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which are caused by genetic mutations which disrupt the structure, production, or processing of Collagen.

~ Intestinal permeability, aka ‘leaky gut’.

 

So, it is quite evident how significant Collagen is throughout for our body. If your curiosity hasn’t died yet then read on to learn what habits and behaviors can damage Collagen production and synthesis.

 

  • How to save Collagen from getting damaged?

 

We all may have been guilty of doing any of the following Collagen damaging things. Perhaps, now it might get clear as to what behaviors should be avoided to protect Collagen.

 

~ Sugar and refined carbs: Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. Minimize your consumption of added sugar and refined carbs.

~ Too much sunshine: Ultraviolet radiation can reduce collagen production. Avoid excessive sun exposure.

~ Smoking: Smoking reduces collagen production. This can impair wound healing and lead to wrinkles.

~ Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, can also damage Collagen.

 

Along with trying to avoid these habits, to help the body with healthy Collagen production, synthesis, and protection, we should provide plenty of the following nutrients:

 

~ Vitamin C increases Collagen synthesis by acting as a co-factor for enzymatic processes.

~ Rutin is a flavonoid which has antioxidant properties. It supports circulation, decreasing blood vessel fragility and permeability.

~ Hesperidin helps to spare Collagen in connective tissue and reduces inflammation.

~ Hyaluronic Acid is a viscous substance found in different types of connective tissue like skin and cartilage, muscles, organs –e.g. brain and eyes. It increases skin moisture in people with dry skin, whilst long term supplementation may improve symptoms of osteoarthritis.

~ Rosehips provide more vitamin C than citrus fruits and have high antioxidant activity. Rosehip’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make it a potential agent for protecting joints and supporting osteoarthritis, by reducing degradation of joint cartilage.

~ Nucleotides are organic compounds which are part of DNA and RNA, essential for cell division, repair, and regeneration of damaged tissue.

~ Glucosamine prevents Collagen degradation and free radical production.

 

All of those nutrients together are much more powerful than a single ingredient. Because of the abundance of collagen in the body, supporting its production can potentially have many positive effects on our health.

Now, you might be wondering where can you get these nutrients from? Don’t worry, scroll down to find out!

 

  • How to increase Collagen intake?

 

As mentioned above, the nutrients that must be a part of your diet for healthy Collagen production and synthesis can be found in many natural food sources, Dietary Supplements or creams for external use in treating skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, etc.

 

Naturally, the aforementioned nutrients are abundantly found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, egg whites, wheat germ, dairy products, cabbage, asparagus, mushrooms, organ meats, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cashews, and lentils. Also, eating high-quality protein like, meat and seafood, give your body the amino acids it needs.

 

Collagen can now also be taken as Supplements in powdered or peptides (capsules or pills) form which can be mixed with food or drinks. Studies and experiments have shown these Supplements to have the same effects and benefits on the body as natural sources.

 

So, as promised in the beginning, if your curiosity enables you to read the whole article then you’d have the much-needed information about Collagen and how it works, and no, it’s not useless information because the more you know about your body, the better! Whether you rely on natural ways or on Supplements, both are beneficial. Stay healthy and fit!

 

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