Why people eat collagen to achieve an everlasting, youthful glow
Collagen is used in many skin care products, but some people turn to supplements for the effects of the protein. So what do collagen and supplements work?
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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and act like “the glue or the scaffolding that holds it all together.
Collagen is found in ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and skin. It’s even in your blood vessels, muscles, intestines, and teeth.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which can lead to outer wrinkles and less supple skin. Internally, less collagen can also lead to slower wound recovery time.
But eating protein may not be the most effective way to keep your collagen levels high. Because the complex protein is made up of 19 different amino acids, the digestive system breaks it down before releasing it into the bloodstream, according to The Guardian.
“Collagen does not remain collagen” Pia winberg, a marine ecologist studying the benefits of algae for wound healing, said The Guardian. “[Your body] only do it if [that’s] what you need in terms of protein first and you have the right set of amino acid building blocks to make it.
“The marketing of collagen supplements gets people a bit of a ride, unless they’re deficient in certain dietary amino acids, in which case of course that will benefit. But they could also achieve this by simply increasing the amounts and / or diversity of protein intake, ”she added.
Collagen comes in the form of pills, powders, topical creams and liquids, but “absorption can be a tricky game.” according to the New York Times. A board-certified dermatologist told The Times that it is difficult for collagen in creams to penetrate beyond the skin and penetrate deeper into the body.
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