Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but as we get older, the production rate slows down. The effect of this is most noticeable in our skin and our joints.
From the age of 20, we start to lose collagen. By the age of 40, we lose up to 2% every single year. It is not abnormal at all to do so.
Collagen contains amino acids that accounts for roughly 30% of all the proteins in our bodies. They are a connective building block that provides structure for healthy skin, bones, joints and ligaments.
With age, the body produces much less collagen and the structural integrity of the skin declines. Wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens.
Supports hydrated, elasticated skin and may reduce wrinkles. Protects skin from absorbing pathogenic substances/environmental toxins
Hair and Nails
Collagen is the major component of hair and nails
Bone and Joint Strength
Increases density of cartilage, making joints more flexible
May help increase muscle mass and strength
Can help with reducing osteoarthritis pain
As with most things, there are factors that we can try to avoid to keep our skin, bones and joints healthier for longer.
Sugar increases the rate of glycation which can damage nearby proteins and weaken collagen structures.
The chemicals found in tobacco can cause damage to collagen proteins
UV rays can cause collagen to break down faster, which affects how the skin regenerates and can form wrinkles
Unfortunately there is not much we can do about this last one, but as we get older, our collagen levels will deplete over time.
Sources of Collagen
Like humans, collagen can be found in animals in the same areas such as their skin, bones and connective tissues like tendon, tripe etc.
A popular use for animal bones is to create Bone Broth, which is very rich in Collagen. This is a tried and tested way to boost collagen.
Hydrolyzed collagen (collagen hydrolysate), also known as collagen peptides typically comes in powdered form which makes it easy to mix with your favourite foods/beverages. They may also come in capsules/tablets for convenience. We recommend marine collagen above all other forms for supplementation purposes.
Collagen is often included in many beauty products such as creams, lotions and hair products.
Marine collagen (type 1) from wild caught North Atlantic fish. To ensure you won't consume any antibiotics or heavy metals that you're probably trying to avoid.
With vitamin-C for better bioavailability & boosted with C8 MCT-powder.
The importance of Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays a vital role in supporting our bodies with the production of collagen by increasing the bioavailability of the collagen.
One of the best sources of vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables such as peppers, oranges, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and green peas. The cooking process can destroy some of the vitamin C content in these foods, so it would be optimal to eat them raw if possible.
Another easy and convenient way would be to take a supplement.