Let’s face it…I’m getting older. But so are you Thank God above that I’m not alone which is why we are talking collagen today.
And that means our skin wrinkles and sags, our nails become increasingly brittle and hair on our head, well, it just gives up altogether for many of us and magically sprouts on our backs (thank God above I’m dodging that bullet so far)…bwahahahaha…not funny, right?
It makes it tempting to go grab a bag of collagen to help stem the tide of aging. But don’t!
Lets’ dig in a bit first.
Collagen is the structural protein that forms the connective tissue across the body. As noted, it is present in the skin, hair and nails. In fact, it accounts for 70% of the protein in your skin. And the best benefits are reaped when collagen is met through nutrition.
Collagen Offers benefits to:
Skin and Hair
Your skin, hair and nails are largely made up of collagen fibers. It is responsible for maintaining flexibility and strength. It is that essential nutrient that makes your hair and nails strong and your skin supple and elastic.
But, collagen synthesis drops as you age. The most visible signs are loose and sagging skin, dryness and wrinkles. By boosting collagen levels you restore skin firmness and smoothness and make hair and nails less brittle. Thus, it helps delay aging.
Not many know about the benefits of collagen in relieving arthritis. The connective tissue between joints is also bundles of collagen put together. As the amount of collagen depletes, you will increase stiff, swollen and painful joints, affecting mobility.
By increasing your intake of collagen you can remedy arthritis. The structural protein fights inflammation and prevents bone-joint degeneration in the long run.
People suffering digestive disorders like a leaky gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease etc. have an inflamed, irritated or eroded gut lining. Thus, a lot of toxins gain entry into the digestive tracts interfering with digestion. Collagen improves digestion by re-coating and repairing the digestive tract as well as restoring the flora of your stomach. It can also help breakdown complex dietary proteins in lactose intolerant individuals.
Detoxification is a process facilitated by the body to get rid of toxic substances. Collagen contains an amino acid that kind of makes these toxic substances safe as they pass through the liver and other organs; in its absence there could be severe damage.
Collagen also regulates hormone production by improving amino acid balance. It enhances metabolism, increases energy levels and helps in muscle development.
Suffice to say, we need collagen…moreso as we age. And the good news is, that we can get all we need without compromising our health with heavy doses of animal proteins.
* Soy and soy products contain a plant hormone that boosts the production of collagen helping fight wrinkles and fine lines. It also blocks free radical damage.
* Peanuts and walnuts, especially fulfill the requirement.
* Pile up on the red fruits and vegetables like apples, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and beets in your diet. The antioxidant lycopene in them increases collagen production. It also blocks sun damaged and reverses the signs of aging.
* Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.Other foods you can eat to assist the cause are avocados, cabbage, carrots, French beans, flaxseed, citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, garlic and dark green vegetables.You can see that meat is not needed…another myth busted. My motto is that some of these collagen sources should be in your daily intake…are they? Will you make them so? The earlier you start, the less “old” you’ll become