Collagen, Helping You Look Good
You've probably seen it written and heard about it a thousand times but what exactly is collagen and why is it important? Well it's true to say that collagen is the scaffolding that provides the structure and strength for your body. It comes from the Greek word Kolla meaning glue!
Our production of collagen decreases from the age of 40, with significant reductions following menopause. It is secreted primarily by our connective tissue.
Factors that harm your collagen production include:
- Smoking, side stream smoke is particularly damaging
- High Sugar Consumption
Collagen can be used as a dermal filler to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scarring.
Other medical uses include for non healing wounds, dental procedures, burns, vascular prosthetics and increasingly experimented with for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Despite what the beauty industry says collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin. The improvement in your skin when you use these products is thought to be as a result of the moisturisers included in the solutions.
Collagen, elastin and melanin can be stimulated through laser therapies.
As collagen is a protein, it contains amino acids many of which are essential. That means you have to get them from your food.
Foods that support collagen formation include:
- Egg whites, meat, cheese, soy and cabbage – they contain Proline
- Blueberries, cherries and raspberries – Contain Anthocyanidinis
- Oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli – Containing vitamin C
- Shellfish, nuts – Containing copper
- Plant foods containing beta carotene such as carrots
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