It's a term that youve probably heard a lot in the past few years, but what exactly is collagen?
A family of fibrous proteinsthe most abundant in the human bodycollagen helps make up the structure of our connective tissue, bones, joints, hair and skin. The main component of cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone, and teeth, its made by our body throughout our lifetime with the purpose of helping tissues withstand stretching. Its responsible for skin strength and elasticity (aka it keeps skin looking plump and youthful) and is vital for healthy hair, nails and ensuring that our joints are flexible.
There are almost 30 types of collagen, but Types I (the major structural component of the skin, tendons, bones and organs), II (cartilage) and III (found in skin and bones, as well as the gut lining) account for 8090% of the collagen in the body.
How Does Your Body Make Collagen?
Our bodies naturally produce collagen by combining amino acids from protein-rich foods we eat with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, copper and zinc.
But as we get older, our production of collagen becomes less efficient, resulting in some of the most common signs of ageing like wrinkles, joint pain and weakened muscles. Other lifestyle factorsthink UV exposure, high sugar intake, smoking and a diet thats lacking in nutrientscan also impact both collagen production and the breakdown of collagen.
How Can You Support Your Bodys Collagen Production?
Without sufficient collagen, we can experience a variety of health problems, from premature ageing and brittle hair to more serious medical conditions like osteoarthritis. And while collagen is naturally present in some foods like bone broth and gelatin, and available in supplement form, there's very little scientific evidence to prove ingestible collagens real benefits for skin. Instead, you can support your bodys natural production of collagen and protect collagen from degradation by getting plenty of these key vitamins and minerals in your diet:
- Vitamin C - found in citrus, strawberries and broccoli to name a few, its a key component to help your body synthesise collagen.
- Zinc - found in nuts and hemp seeds, wild salmon and edamame, studies show helps your body produce collagen.
- Manganese - found in cloves, oats and spinach, its essential for collagen creation.
An easy (and delicious!) way to ensure youre boosting your skins natural collagen production? With our COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost, a beauty-boosting elixir that is packed with vitamin C and zinc via superfoods including maqui berry, papaya, pomegranate, blueberry and acai. The formula is also rich in antioxidants that help protect collagen from degradation, as well as grapeseed extract that studies show may help protect collagen and elastin. All the ingredients have also been supercharged by our exclusive bio-fermentation processFlora Culturewhich means the final formula contains gut-loving probiotic bacteria to support gut health and promote glowing skin from within.