Collagen, it’s everywhere but do we really understand the science behind it and more importantly how do we weed out the good from the bad.
Make no mistake collagen is very important to the health of our bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and responsible for the skin’s structural integrity.
Our bodies actually produce our own collagen but production starts to gradually slow down in our 20’s. This slow down results in joint paint, loss of skin elastin resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.
Can you make more collagen naturally?
Yes, your body makes collagen by combining amino acids you get when eating beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products. This part is tricky though, the process also requires vitamin C, zinc and copper. You can also get these by eating certain fruits and vegetables, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers and greens.
Now that we hopefully consumed the right foods in the right combination we hit another road block. As we age our bodies have a harder time breaking down these large proteins making it impossible to absorb the proper nutrients required to build collagen.
Thus the importance of collagen supplements and other collagen induction treatments such as microneedling to improve skin, hair and nails, increase muscle mass, improve joint pain, promote bone healing and even brain health.
Now for the science
We can find three main types of collagen in the body:
Type I – accounting for 90% of the body’s collagen and providing structure to the skin, hair, nails, bones and joints.
As marine collagen is made up entirely from Type I collagen it is the best collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and hydration. It will also help rebuild your muscles, eyes, bones and spine. And if that wasn’t enough it strengthens nails and helps you grow, healthier thicker hair!
Type II – makes up the majority of protein molecules in your cartilage, that protects your bones and joints. One of best sources is Organic Chicken Bone Both Protein. It will not only protect bones and joints but all your spinal disk and eyes, making it a must for healthy joints.
Type III – is the second most abundant collagen in the body, found in large quantities in the intestines, muscles and blood vessels. It’s often used with type I collagen to heal the gut, hydrate the skin and improve elasticity.
Grass-fed collagen also known as “bovine collagen”. Bovine collagen is an excellent source of collagen types I and III.
JOINT, BONE & RECOVERY BENEFITS
SKIN & HAIR BENEFITS
It should be clear now that we can all reap the benefits of including collagen into our lives. Whether is for healthier younger looking skin, healthier joints and more mobility to healing the gut choosing the right collagen is the next step to a healthier you.
At EASTND we carry a variety of collagen powders and liquid collagen elixirs to meet your health needs.
You may also want to look into our microneedling/collagen induction therapy for healthier, younger looking skin.
Take this as an opportunity to have a professional natural skin rejuvenation treatment with our medical aesthetician at EASTND.
Karen, Medical Aesthetician
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