Collagen – why is it so important for a healthy lifestyle… By Shelagh Foster

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I have suffered back and neck pain since my 30’s. It started with an impact to my spine from a car accident, which weakened my body. Little did I know then, that my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) was also depleting collagen out of my bones and joints. I did not understand then, how is collagen absorbed in the body so I was started to see and feel the effects that the lack of collagen can have on on the body. As we get older our bones become brittle, joints become weaker and the skin becomes saggier, this is all due to collagen depletion. This is where a collaggen supplement of some description may help.
What is Collagen
• Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It’s found in our skin, bones, connective tissues, muscles, tendons, gut, blood vessels and even our teeth. It’s the body’s building block.
• As collagen is a protein, its building blocks are amino acids. Amino acids are produced when the protein we eat, such as meat, fish and dairy products, are broken down. These amino acids are then rebuilt into other proteins such as wound healing, muscle repair or collagen. However, collagen production decreases with age, which causes weaker connections. This is why skin becomes wrinkly and joints become less stable.
• Collagen protein is what keeps your skins’ elasticity and is responsible for replacing dead skin cells.
• Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but it decreases with age: 75% – 80% of our skin is made up of collagen and, from the age of 20, we lose around 1% of this each year. As a result, our skin loses its ‘elasticity’ as we get older, which gives us lines and wrinkles.
How is Collagen absorbed into the body?
The body absorbs collagen through the food that you eat. The body combines amino acids from high protein foods with other vitamins like vitamin c, copper, and zinc to produce collagen. Collagen contains the amino acid hydroproline, an amino acid that is unique in youthful skin. Eating collagen type rich foods will help your body naturally produce the collagen protein that it needs.
So, ingested collagen doesn’t just go directly to the skin. It is absorbed to various parts of the body. A collagen supplement of collagen protein will benefit the whole body, especially in older people with collagen deficiencies. Collagen benefits the entire body, and that includes the body’s largest organ; the skin.
Foods to help increase Collagen
• Our skin is constantly fighting free radical damage during exposure to high levels of stress, pollution and processed food, and this damage cause’s harm to collagen. Let’s coax our skin into producing the best collagen naturally. This, as with so many things, starts with your diet.
• Reduce sugar intake diet and increase your vitamin C intake, which will assist in stimulating the best collagen production.
• Blueberries – contain phyto nutrients (natural chemicals in plants) that help collagen fibres link together in a way that helps your body produce collagen.
• Dark Leafy Greens – spinach, kale and Swiss chard are all rich in vitamin C and A and encourage the body to produce more collagen protein. (Cancer protection is also another benefit).
• Orange vegetables and fruits, like carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, apricot, mango tangerine are rich in vitamin A,which restores and regenerates damaged collagen protein. Mango, which is rich in Vitamin C, works with these acids to boost your bodies best collagen production.
• Eggs are naturally rich in amino acids, which are essential for the formation of collagen.

Why use skin care products with Collagen in?
The aim of collagen for skin creams is to slow down the loss of this ‘youthfulness’ protein and keep wrinkles off your skin for as long as possible, and to help the body make more collagen. With the right face cream, it will help protect the collagen you have. A collagen infused cream helps nourish and moisturise the skin, which makes wrinkles look less prominent. In skincare products, hydrolyzed collagen is basically collagen that has been broken down into smaller chains of amino acids which are called peptides. It is believed that peptides can penetrate deeply into the skin and can help support collagen production.
Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen with a high SPF every single day.

The collagen type we use in our Simply Skincare products is Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, to promote natural collagen protein production in the skin and body. It is sustainable and completely natural.

But it’s not just collagen doing all the work –we use other active ingredients, such as, Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid- leaves skin plumped and hydrated), plant stem cells to promote collagen production and natural oils that moisturise your skin, protect it against aging and make it glow.

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