BY: CLAIR WHITTY
We can’t slow down the years but maybe we could slow the process of ageing? With hydrated skin, strong bones and muscles, and flexible joints. Wouldn’t that be great? Collagen can help. It’s the body’s most abundant protein after all. It’s found in skin, hair, bones, joint cartilage, and tendons. Collagen provides firmness and structure to the skin and helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity.
But once we hit our thirties, we start to lose collagen at 1.5% every year. The skin becomes dehydrated and thinner and signs of ageing begin to appear. It affects the bones — reduced collagen levels can cause bones to become more fragile and breakable. Wear and tear on the joint cartilage can result in joint discomfort.
Collagen is also associated with gut health; it can heal the gut, improving symptoms of leaky gut and IBS, and is worth researching if you suffer with Crohn’s disease or colitis. The amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon, which helps heal damaged cell walls and soothes the gut lining.
Take a look at Healthreach Collagen Pure. It’s derived from a 100% natural source and contains the highest quality hydrolysed collagen. This is a form of collagen that has been broken down into small peptide particles making it easier to absorb. Studies on increasing collagen intake through supplementation showed increased moisture levels and skin hydration by 28% in 8 weeks and a decrease in the fragmentation of the collagen network by 31%, after twelve weeks of intake. Using only 5g per day showed a reduction in wrinkles of 10% around the eyes and 13% around the mouth. Fantastic!
One scoop of Healthreach hydrolysed collagen provides you with 5mg, the recommend daily dose of collagen. For optimal results continue taking for at least 3 months. Customers have told me that as well as looking better they’ve also seen improvements in joint discomfort too.
It’s worth keeping in mind that a diet high in sugar, smoking, and high amounts of sun exposure will contribute to depleting collagen levels. Nutrients that support collagen include berries – especially blueberries, cherries, and blackberries. Animal products like eggs, poultry, fish, and milk can all boost collagen formation.
Look after your insides so you look and feel fantastic!
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