Collagen: The Secret To Looking And Feeling Younger
One of the biggest culprits to looking and feeling older is the depletion of collagen!
Particularly type 1. So, what is it? Found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons, collagen is the single most abundant protein in our bodies. It helps keep our skin elastic and strong by replacing dead skin cells. Collagen also helps keep our joints moving smoothly and our tendons healthy.
Our body’s natural production of collagen slows down as we get older. This is what causes signs of aging such as joint pain, wrinkles or sagging skin. However, getting older is not the only reason for depletion. Diets high in sugar, excess sun exposure and smoking also inhibit our bodies from producing enough of this vital protein. Studies show that most collagen related diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and systematic sclerosis are caused by a combination of genetic defects, nutritional deficiencies and poor intake of collagen-rich foods.
The good news is that we can add plenty of this protein by eating or drinking collagen-rich foods like bone broth and using nutritional supplements or skin care products containing high levels of collagen. So, what can it help with?