Collagen is an amino acid and the most basic form of protein in the body. Basically, it’s what holds us together. It’s found in our skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, bones, blood vessels, discs and the gastrointestinal tract and it’s responsible for keeping everything nice and strong.
It’s also what gives skin its elasticity, which is why many anti-ageing products contain collagen. Over time, the body’s natural collagen production declines with age, and can be influenced by lifestyle factors like stress, gut health and diet. That’s where supplementing comes in.
Here are 5 reasons why you should explore a collagen supplement or powder, according to Peta Shulman, founder of GoodnessMe, Australia’s largest health food sampling box, and mama-to-be
Boosts skin health
Thanks to its amino acids, collagen works to moisturise skin and keep it smooth, supple and elastic. It helps the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to regenerate, and by doing so, promotes more youthful-looking skin (and helps hide those bags!).
Improves hair and nails
As the body’s most basic form of protein, collagen has a lot to do with the quality of our hair and nails. It strengthens nails, and keeps hair thick, strong and shiny. If you’re lacking in those departments, incorporating collagen into your diet may help.
Alleviates joint pain
The amino acids in collagen, glycine and proline, are known for their abilities to repair connective tissue, reduce inflammation, and build bone density. As such, collagen boosts bone and joint health, and can even help provide relief from joint pain.
Collagen works to soothe, heal and coat the digestive tract, making digestion a smoother, easier process. It also helps repair the stomach’s mucous lining, and this helps the body to better break down the protein and fat in foods.
If you toss and turn at night, or struggle to fall asleep, collagen may be the missing element. One of its main amino acids, glycine, is an important neurotransmitter. In other words, it sends messages to the brain about when it’s time to go to sleep, and time to stay awake.
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