I’ve recently added a new supplement to my daily diet and it is definitely worth sharing. Did you know collagen can be ingested-not just applied to the skin in order to increase skin elasticity? Yes it can and it’s so easy! Not to mention, ingesting collagen also helps many other functions in the body, including healthy thyroid function, joint and bone health and even digestion!
As a skin care enthusiast, I often talk about the importance of collagen. As you probably know, our skin produces collagen in abundance when we are younger, but when we hit the age of 40, our collagen production starts to decline. Menopause causes a dramatic decline. Collagen is responsible for giving skin a smooth appearance. It has been called the “scaffolding of the body”. It gives skin it’s strength as well as encouraging healthy cell turnover. Collagen is not only found in the skin-it is also in the bones, tendons and muscles. If a person is lacking in collagen, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle and the joints and bones lose their strength.
Causes of Reduced Collagen Production:
- Sun exposure
- Auto-immune disorders
The Many Benefits of Taking Collagen:
- Firmer skin
- Increased moisture content in skin
- Improved bone and joint health
- Hormone balance
- Improved digestion
- Faster hair and nail growth
- Stronger hair and nails
- Improved sleep
- Possible cellulite reduction
- Improved circulation
- Faster wound healing
- Anti inflammatory
- Helps maintain healthy weight
I use THIS collagen supplement. Collagen supplements typically come from bovine. The collagen in Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is minimally processed, highly bio-available, and sourced from pasture (grass finished) raised bovine hides.
Also, for those of you taking protein powder, collagen is such a better option. Two scoops of Vital Proteins is a whopping 18 grams of protein! Hello, energy!
Collagen infused skin care is not always the most effective way to increase collagen in your skin. Often times the collagen molecule is just too big to penetrate the skin effectively. Taking a 1-2 scoops a day is truly the best way to up the collagen in your body and improve your skin health.
Collagen is so simple to take. I am in the habit of adding it to my morning smoothie. It has very little smell or flavor and does not gel in liquid. You can also add it to your coffee, juice or even water.
As you can see, collagen serves more purpose in the body besides giving you younger looking skin. It’s extremely important for many functions of the body! I’ve only taken collagen for a week. I’ve actually had my container of collagen for a while but had no idea how easy it really is to incorporate it into my day. I’m super excited to add this to my routine-collagen truly is so important!
P.S. When doing research for the benefits of taking collagen, I did read that it could be very helpful in tightening loose skin due to pregnancy or weight loss!