Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in our bodies. Here, Maxine Laceby, the founder of Absolute Collagen, describes the function of collagen, the “glue” that holds us together.
It holds all living tissue together and ensures the integrity, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bones. Collagen is also found in the hair, nails, joints and intestinal tissue. When collagen becomes weaker and less substantial it begins to sag often showing as crows feet or turkey neck, doctors call this Ptosis. This is due to collagen depletion. In our later years, we may begin to experience other conditions linked to collagen deficiency, such such as rheumatoid arthritis.
When might I need extra collagen?
Collagen production peaks around the age of 20, by the time we get to 40 we will have lost around a third of our collagen, which can cause our skin to wrinkle and sag. However there is no lower age limit to taking a collagen supplement as it is beneficial for many things including hair and we have many younger #absoluters who are all about prevention.
Where can I get collagen naturally in my diet?
Bone Broth: This is how I discovered the wonderful benefits of collagen. Cooking down bone broth for long periods of time helps release collagen from the bones (as well as other amino acids, proteins and electrolytes that can improve the skins appearance.
Fish; The collagen found in fish is the jelly like substance that sits just under the skin of fish. Fish collagen, also known as marine collagen, has a far superior bioavailability than any other type of collagen, meaning the way your body breaks it down is far superior.
Eggs ; Chicken eggs are another one of the rare foods that actually contains collagen in the yolk
Leafy Greens; All green plant foods (such as bok choy, green algae, arugula, kale, lettuce, green beans, and broccoli) contain chlorophyll. Studies have shown that consuming chlorophyll increases the precursor to collagen (procollagen) in the skin
Citrus; Citrus fruits are amongst the richest sources of vitamin C, which helps link the amino acids together that are needed to form collagen
Berries; Berries contain a nutrient called ellagic acid, which has been shown to prevent collagen breakdown from UV damage. In addition to being protective against the signs of ageing, berries may also help produce collagen. Like citrus fruits, berries are rich in vitamin C, which as you now know, helps link specific amino acids together for collagen formation.
Tomatoes; Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to protect the skin from sun damage and prevent collagen breakdown
Pumpkin seeds; are one of the richest plant sources of zinc, which as mentioned above, acts as a cofactor for collagen synthesis. Studies have also shown taking zinc supplements may help slow down the rate of collagen breakdown
Avocados; avocados provide vitamin E to help prevent collagen breakdown.
Garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks; all contain various organosulfur compounds, sulphur is a trace mineral that helps synthesize and prevent the breakdown of collagen
What should I look for if I do choose to use collagen supplements?
Where possible go for a liquid supplement as they contain no fillers or binders like pills and powders and liquid supplements have a much higher absorption rate, around 94% compared to around 42% in tablets and powders. When sourcing a collagen supplement marine collagen is better as it has a better bioavailibilty, meaning the way your body breaks it down. Absolute Collagen contains collagen Peptides which have a high solubility digestion and absorption rate. Your body can only break down so much collagen in one go, which is why Absolute Collagen contains 8 grams, any more than that taken in one go will simply be flushed out. You can take more than 8 grams per day but this needs to be spread out throughout the day, for example 2 x 8grams doses per day, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t supplement with collagen?
People with certain conditions such as Scleroderma which causes the body to produce too much collagen, should avoid collagen supplements, but as with any condition we always advise seeking medical advice from your medical practitioner
Is there anything that can clash with it?
No, Absolute Collagen has been designed to be taken anytime of day and has superior bioavailibity because it it type 1 marine collagen and infused with vitamin c which works synergistic for maximum absorption. We are not aware of any contra indications.
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