Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Is Collagen The Secret to Your Youth?
Collagen is one of the most used words in the wellness world, just how avocado is used in all pictures by healthy food bloggers. You probably know that it is mostly used to give people a flawless and youthful complexion and its claimed properties include skin elasticity and getting rid of fine lines. But now clean-eating influencers are adding to the list of perks from everything to a better gut health and healthy digestion, to soothing painful joints and improving performance at the gym. But will collagen actually make any difference for your health? We had a look.
Collagen is a type of protein found in all the connective tissues of our body, which means that our muscles, bones, skin and hair are full of it. The role of collagen is to help in regenerating muscles, bones and joints when they are damaged, as well as giving you glowing skin and hair. Everyone gets collagen through their diet through vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Those that consume animal products also get collagen from meat, dairy and eggs.
During the ageing process that starts around our mid-twenties, our bodies produce less collagen and therefore are repairing themselves slower and harder. Therefore, we experience things like wrinkles, cellulite and skin that is losing its firmness in general, as well as recovering slower from a joint or muscle injury.