What is Collagen? Why do we need it?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, working like a “glue” that gives structure and resilience to your skin, hair, bones, joint cartilage, muscles, nails, and so much more. It plays many important roles that affect how you look, feel, and function. Because the body makes its own collagen, many of us don’t think twice about it – that is, until there are signs of collagen decline.
The hard truth is that collagen production slows with age and many people begin to notice symptoms of declining collagen levels in their 30s. This is when you may experience classic signs of aging, such as fine lines around the eyes, thinner skin, deep wrinkles, cellulite, weaker muscles, and joint pain. In addition to declining levels, existing collagen within the skin can become further damaged from exposure to sunlight.
Collagen supplementation is one of the most beneficial ways to address declining levels. Hydrolyzed forms of collagen, such as Verisol®, are more effective at reducing the visible signs of aging than non-hydrolyzed forms because they have been broken down into smaller units that can be absorbed and used by the body most efficiently.
It is also important to take collagen with the essential amino acid L-tryptophan in order to make it a complete protein and support cognitive function. Supplementation stimulates healthy collagen and elastin production, helping to nourish healthy skin, connective tissue, and bones, while reducing joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. Collagen provides anti-aging support from the inside out.
Blog written by: Natural Factors - Patience Lister, August 26, 2019
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