Probably, everyone has already heard about the benefits of collagen for youth and body health. And yet, often we do not have enough arguments to start accepting it. Here we name a few disturbing and often non-obvious «bells» that speak of collagen deficiency. And we will give a couple of tips on how to correct it.
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is a protein found in all tissues of our body. It is actively involved in the formation of the connective tissue that makes up our skin, hair, nails, joints, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and even some mucous membranes, such as the intestinal mucosa.
Hydrolyzed collagen supplements are a combination of 20 amino acids (glycine, proline, arginine, etc.) that the body uses to synthesize its own collagen.
SIGNS OF COLLAGEN DEFICIENCY
With age and as a result of other factors, the connective tissue rich in collagen changes. The activity of the cells responsible for the production of collagen decreases, provoking its deficiency in body tissues. This, of course, adversely affects the condition of the skin, nails, blood vessels and the whole organism as a whole.
Collagen deficiency can manifest itself in different ways.
On the part of the skin, it can be dryness, long wound healing, dull color, early wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.
On the part of the hair and nails, the manifestation may be brittleness, dullness, thinning.
Also, vessels suffer from a lack of collagen, they become less elastic and fragile. Outwardly, this can be manifested by spider veins and other signs of varicose veins. And more serious consequences can be cardiovascular disease.
Bones, joints, and ligaments become weaker and more fragile due to collagen deficiency, which can lead to injury and diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
And this is only a small part of what happens to our body, with a lack of collagen.
HOW CAN WE IMPROVE COLLAGEN SYNTHESIS?
It is important to understand that our body produces collagen on its own, using for this «materials» (amino acids, vitamins and minerals) that it receives from food.
Therefore, the first and simplest thing we can do is to adjust our diet.
Add to it:
green foods: spinach, broccoli, cabbage, celery, avocado, etc.
foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants: citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime), berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, cranberries), bell peppers
foods rich in amino acids: bone broth, nuts, legumes
foods rich in vitamin A: carrots, eggs, apricots
foods rich in sulfur: onions and garlic.
And for the maximum effect, it is worth introducing supplements with hydrolyzed collagen. They contain a complete set of amino acids necessary for the body to synthesize its own collagen. And, thanks to sufficient processing, they have an accessible form for assimilation, in contrast to the native collagen contained in animal food.
Collagen synthesis can also be stimulated with silicon, sulfur (MSM) and copper supplements. They provide the body with the basic nutrients necessary for the production of collagen.
PS The main thing in taking care of your body is to understand how it works.