5 Health Benefits of Taking Collagen
Collagen can improve the look and feel of your skin, hair, and nails and is often spoken about as the ultimate beauty supplement. But while collagen is nothing new, this exact delivery method is, and there’s lots of confusion and misinformation out there.
We have rounded up five of the most important benefits to taking supplements containing pure collagen.
1) It supports your skin's natural collagen and elastin production.
The two main layers that make up the skin are the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis contains fibroblasts, which are cells that produce elastin and collagen. For the skin to function normally and appear youthful, the structure of the dermal layer must be maintained, but as we age the structure suffers because aged fibroblasts produce less collagen. This results in visible signs of aging, which are usually most prominent on the face.
Our body produces collagen throughout our lifetime, but the production slows as we get older. Collagen supplementation will help support the body's natural production.
2) Supports skin hydration.
A few studies and clinicals have been done on collagen supplementation and skin hydration, showing that with regular use, it supports your skin's hydration levels. One double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial found that participants' moisture levels in the skin were seven times higher than those who did not take the supplements (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6073484/)
3) It smooths the appearance of fine lines.
Likely due to a combination of the above factors, a few clinicals and studies have shown that collagen can support skin elasticity and potentially make fine lines appear smaller. One double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial found that when a small group of women took a collagen supplement that was also formulated with hyaluronic acid and a few other actives, they reported a significant reduction in the appearance of wrinkles (source: http://www.jmnn.org/article.asp?issn=2278-1870;year=2015;volume=4;issue=1;spage=47;epage=53;aulast=Borumand) .
4) It supports nail health, reducing brittleness.
One study found that when patients took collagen daily for 24 weeks, their nail health improved, including better growth rates, reduced breakage, and improved appearance (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28786550).
5) Full body benefits
Collageb can also have benefots in other parts of the body. Research has found that one of the main amino acids in collagen, L-glutamate, supports the intestine by neutralizing oxidative stress. Additional research shows that collagen supplements may help those with digestion conditions support gut health.
And while reduced joint pain may seem like a strange benefit, remember that collagen is found in connective tissue all over the body, not just in the skin. A recent study showed that when athletes who previously suffered joint injuries regularly took collagen, their overall joint health was supported (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885).
What are the other ingredients to look for?
Have you ever wondered why some products have additional ingredients and others don't? Here is why we add other ingredients to our pure collagen supplements:
Vitamin C plays a major role in collagen formation in the body and is a vital molecule for skin health. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health.
Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. It also helps prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo-damage.
Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM)
Adding MSM to your diet can improve skin health by strengthening keratin and reducing inflammation. Inflammation damages skin cells and is the main cause of premature ageing, acne and breakouts.
Silica gives you a glow because it is a strong carrier of oxygen, and it increases the transport of both nutrients and oxygen to the skin. It helps red blood cells to carry 20% more oxygen and, because of that, the skin stays more hydrated as well.
Chondroitin reduces skin inflammation. It also contributes to the maintenance of healthy cartilage and connective tissues found throughout the body.
You can find all of these key ingredients in Good Habits SKIN.