Nutrition for Collagen: The True Fountain of Youth

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Nutrition for Collagen: The True Fountain of Youth
Degradation of collagen will affect the whole body, as it is the primary structural protein that forms the matrix of your connective tissue and organs. Seventy-five percent of your skin is made of collagen. Wrinkles and sagging skin are some of the first signs of degrading collagen in the body. Wrinkles can also be a sign of collagen loss in other parts of the body as well. Bones, for instance are made of fifty percent collagen, though it is mineralized for strength. Your joints, ligaments and tendons are also greatly affected.

Hope-in-a-jar wrinkle creams can temporarily improve the look of skin, but nutrition offers a solution that can actually support natural collagen production throughout the body. If the signs of collagen breakdown are starting to stare back at you in the mirror, add these collagen building nutrients to your healthy supplement routine.

Protein - Protein serves as the basic structural molecule of all tissues in your body. Approximately one-third of all the protein in your body is used to form collagen. If your diet is lacking adequate protein, then collagen production will suffer. Ideally, you want to get half of your body weight in grams of protein per day. To help boost your protein intake, try an easy-to-digest whey protein supplement that also includes all of the essential amino acids.

Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a primary component of healthy skin. Declining skin levels of HA are associated with dryness, reduced flexibility, and wrinkles. In a study conducted at Ostuma University in Japan, 96 women, ages 22 to 65 years, were given 40mg of hyaluronic acid per day for 45 days. At the end of the study, 83 percent of the women reported improvement in skin moisture and smoothness. Keep in mind, low molecular weight, natural hyaluronic acid is the best type to supplement. Avoid synthetic sodium hyaluronate, as it does not provide the same benefits.

N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG) - N-Acetyl-Glucosamine has anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties in the skin. It is the rate-limiting nutrient in the formation of any connective tissue. Without adequate glucosamine, new collagen cannot be made no matter what other nutrients are available. One interesting study concluded that NAG can actually increase the rate that fibroblasts make hyaluronic acid and collagen while simultaneously reducing inflammation in the skin. Glucosamine is essential to collagen production.

Grape Seed Extract - Grape seed extracts have a unique ability to attach themselves to weak collagen structures and strengthen them. The proanthocyanidins (OPC’s) in grape seed extract have a very high affinity for collagen and also lend powerful antioxidant protection to the skin to maintain its health.

MSM Sulfur - Sulfur has long been called “the beauty mineral” because it is highly concentrated in skin, hair, and nails. Collagen fibers are wrapped into a triple-stranded helix that forms a flexible, but strong, cord. Sulfur is required to form the disulfide bonds that hold collagen strands together and keep them strong. Without adequate sulfur, your skin can age prematurely.

Cinnamon - Researchers studied skin fibroblasts, the carpenter cells in skin that are responsible for collagen production. These cells become dormant during aging, leading to suboptimal synthesis of new collagen for skin. Cinnamon extract turned the fibroblasts back on, thus stimulating collagen synthesis. Researchers of this study concluded, “cinnamon extract is useful in anti-aging treatment of skin”.

Vitamin C - Scientists have known for some time that vitamin C is essential to the process in which collagen is made. Without adequate vitamin C, collagen production is slowed or collagen of low quality is made. Since radiation from the sun causes DNA damage to the skin and fibroblasts, vitamin C is highly important for skin health. Vitamin C has the ability to repair DNA damage in skin that leads to wrinkles, and reverse premature aging.

If the quality of your skin has got you down lately, don’t fret. Most of these tried-and-true beauty nutrients can be found in Wellness Resources skin supplements. Using these nutrients to help increase collagen production will not only help turn back the clock for your skin, but improve connective tissue throughout the body.*

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