Collagen: the anti-ageing protein
You’ve heard about it, seen it sold in stores and even eaten it in one form or another. But what is collagen and what does it have to do with anti-ageing?
Collagen is simply a type of protein found in organs and tissues. Its role is as a scaffold that provides firmness and elasticity to tendons, skin and cartilage. As we age, collagen levels dip. Collagen can also be damaged by sun exposure, smoking and environmental pollutants. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar can also damage collagen. Sugar molecules attach to collagen proteins and cause them to become stiff, impairing their function.
While you cannot stop the aging process, you can improve the appearance of your skin by boosting its collagen levels.
Clinical studies have shown that 8 to 12 weeks of daily collagen supplementation results in improvements to wrinkles and skin texture. In the long term, increasing collagen not only continues to fight ageing, but has the secondary benefit of supporting overall joint, tissue health as well as gut health.