Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and it makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. Technically a polypeptide, collagen contains a mixture of amino acids like proline and glycine, which are found in all connective tissue within the body.
A double-blind placebo study found that women who took 2.5 grams of collagen each day regularly for 8 weeks saw a 20% reduction in wrinkles!
Because of this kind of scientific evidence, collagen is becoming one of the most popularanti-aging supplements.
Your body produces its own collagen to make your skin, bones, hair, nails, muscles, and all your organs, but as you get older you produce less and less. This is a sign of aging process. Hydrolyzed collagen supplements actually help stimulate this collagen growth to healthy levels.
Collagen also supports the re-growth of joint tissue and can help relieve joint pain.
Collagen helps prevent bone loss (osteoporosis). Many scientific studies have found that supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen can prevent and relieve osteoporosis due its ability to stimulate bone-creating cells (osteoblasts).
Collagen can help reduce cellulite and prevent stretch marks! Cellulite is typically due to a lack of collagen in the dermal layer. Essentially, the combination of too much fat and too little collagen is the cause of cellulite.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, the authors investigated the efficacy of collagen supplementation in 105 women aged 24-50 years.
They concluded that a long-term therapy with orally administered collagen supplement leads to a very important reduction in cellulite and a positive impact on skin health.
Other benefits of collagen supplementation:
– Collagen is an important part of healthy hair growth
– Collagen helps you grow stronger nails
– Collagen supports healthy teeth
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