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Collagen Supplements

What is collagen?

Collagen is a vital form of protein found in the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) and connective tissues of the body where there are 16 types, with I, II, and III being the most abundant types. 

It is this form of protein that strengthens the structure of our skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. 

Unfortunately, due to both intrinsic (hormones, genes, cellular metabolism, and metabolic processes) and extrinsic (UV rays, pollution, toxins) factors, our collagen structures become messed up through time and deplete 1% per unit area every year. These changes in collagen structure and synthesis contribute to skin dryness, wrinkles, dullness, laxity, and roughness.  

What do studies say?  

Visible results were noted among women within the age of 35-55 who took 2.5g to 15g of Hydrolysate Collagen once daily. A 4-week intake increased collagen synthesis in the dermis and improved collagen structure whereas an 8-week intake showed visible results in hydration.

What makes this more promising is that even after 4 weeks of discontinued intake, findings on the collagen density and structure remained the same. It also increased the density of other proteins involved in keeping the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) strong to improve the skin barrier.

If you are not a fan of capsules, increasing your intake of collagen rich foods is an option but do know that supplements are still much more concentrated.

Collagen can be found in beef bone broth, oysters, fish stock, bell pepper, garlic, leafy greens, chicken, citrus fruits, and whole eggs. 

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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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