Collagen and Beautiful Skin
The number of dietary supplements and food items, like bone broth, containing collagen are on the rise – and for good reason. Increasing your dietary intake of collagen has been linked to positive effects on health, including improved skin appearance, reduced joint pain, and better digestion and gut health. It may also help strengthen nails, hair, and bones.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein found in the bones and connective tissue of humans and animals. It provides support and structure to the body, particularly the skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skeletal system.
Collagen is made primarily from the amino acids Glycine, Proline, and Hydroxyproline. The body produces its own collagen from free amino acids, but this process slows as we age.
It’s thought that this natural decrease in collagen production plays a role in the development of many common age-related concerns, like wrinkling of the skin, and joint pain and bone loss associated with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, respectively.
Collagen comprises 80% of our dry skin weight - it is the major structural component of our skin and is what gives our skin elasticity and strength. Skin signs of aging include wrinkles, loss of firmness, dryness, and sagging. These signs may occur due to less collagen being made as we age and breakdown of existing collagen.
Research has found collagen supplementation results in significant improvement in the texture of skin, including fewer wrinkles, increased elasticity, and increased hydration. These findings suggest collagen supplements can be beneficial in slowing or even reversing signs of aging skin.
Natural collagen production in the body declines as we age. In fact, we lose 1% of our collagen production every year.
Unfortunately, collagen in topical form is not effective at treating skin signs of aging. Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed into the deep layers of skin. Similarly, the collagen we eat through our diet or through many collagen supplements is also too large to be absorbed. To get to where it’s needed in our skin, it first needs to be broken down into short chain segments called peptide chains.
This matters because our skin cells have specific receptors that, when activated, trigger collagen production. These receptors are activated by a specific—and short—peptide chain. When large collagen chains get digested they end up being broken down into random peptide sequences that are not always specific enough to activate skin cell receptors.
CanPrev has just launched a new product called Collagen Beauty. This formula supplies peptides that are unique because of their ability to specifically activate fibroblast skin cells. Fibroblast cells are responsible for producing collagen synthesis directly at the skin. Collagen Beauty peptides are the exact sequence of peptides needed to stimulate collagen synthesis at the skin.
Can I consume more protein instead of taking collagen?
When we consume large proteins they are broken down into smaller random sequences not all of which will activate collagen synthesis where we want it. Small amino acid sequences, like the ones in Collagen Beauty, are absorbed whole by our body, without a need to break them down further. The longer the amino acid chains, the less effective the collagen production.
Research-proven Collagen Beauty featuring Verisol® Bioactive collagen peptides™ have been internationally studied and recognized. Three published research trials support the ability of these peptides to reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve nail growth, and decrease cracked or chipped nails, all while increasing the smoothness and firmness of the skin in 28 days!
CanPrev Beauty Collagen is now available at all Amaranth locations! All CanPrev products are 12% off in February 2019.
This post has been sponsored by CanpPev and approved by Amaranth.