Collagen – Fact or Fiction?
Collagen first emerged in beauty products because of its tremendous benefits to skin, but it has become much more than an ingredient in topical beauty products. Let's take a step back to understanding what collagen is. Collagen makes up a third of the body. It is secreted by specific cells found in the connective tissue and provides strength and structure to the body. Collagen helps your tissues
withstand stretching. There are 16 different types of collagen produced by your body, but 80-90% of your collagen consists of types I, II, and III. As you age, collagen production decreases, which then results in reduced elasticity of connective tissues. Your body relies on the elasticity of connective tissue to support cartilage, bone, muscle mass (1-10% of muscle is made from collagen), adipose, blood, and fibrous, which provides strength to the inner layer of the skin. As early as 21 years of age, collagen production decreases. As time advances, wrinkles become more apparent; skin loses its elasticity, moisture and joint cartilage weaken. Supplementing with collagen (Hydrolyzed) especially when combined with other connective supportive supplements (Hyaluronic acid, and essential Vitamins and Minerals), has a positive effect on skin wrinkling, hydration and elasticity. The Hydrolyzed Collagen attracts water molecules (hydrating) and acts as a free radical scavenger (reducing oxidative damage and inflammation). Collagen supplements may also provide therapeutic benefits for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis by supporting the integrity of your cartilage, bone mineral density, and providing relief of pain. Referring back to collagen as the matrix for bone, a decrease in collagen production can also cause a deterioration of bone mass, resulting in osteoporosis or osteopenia. Other benefits to supplementing with collagen are for heart health, strengthening and providing structure to arteries.
Collagen – the Source Matters
As research emerges, more benefits of supplementing with Collagen are sure to develop, such as for hair and nails, strengthening the intestinal permeability, and for cellulite. However, what has remained consistent in all research is the form of collagen used during the studies: “Hydrolyzed Collagen.” Hydrolyzed Collagen is broken down into smaller molecules, so it’s easier to absorb into your bloodstream. It’s flavourless, odourless, and can be added to foods, smoothies, water or juice. As with all things that become popular, you need to be cautious about brands and the raw materials used in their
production. Natural Factors Total Body Collagen contains the preferred and more digestible form of Collagen (Hydrolyzed), the matrix of which contains glycine and proline (essential for stability and regeneration). Total Body Collagen is a unique formula with added hyaluronic acid, L-tryptophan, L-glutamine, vitamin C, and biotin – essential nutrients that promote healthy skin and connective tissues, reduce joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, and support lean muscle growth and recovery. Natural Factors uses a Bovine sourced from pasture-raised, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free cattle and has all products tested from third-party testing facilities such as “Isura.”
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