Tuesday , 25 April 2017
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How to Defy Aging with Collagen

collagen-defy-agingCollagen has been the buzzword in the beauty industry for a while and for good reason. It’s not only the most abundant protein in the entire body, but acts as the connective tissue holding it all together. You can see why this would be of significant importance to maintaining youthful skin against aging, but also to a variety of health concerns, such as loss of bone density, joint strength, and blood vessel compromise – all which are common hurdles among the aging process. With much regret, this process of degeneration and collagen compromise is occurring at a faster rate among today’s society due to a variety of factors. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what you need to know to defy the odds, and reclaim your collagen!

Factors that Cause Collagen Breakdown 

  • Sun (UV) exposure – it’s known to many that sun exposure creates free radical damage. What this means in relation to collagen exactly, is that UV radiation increases the production of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. This is important because these enzymes directly DEGRADE your collagen stores.
  • Smoking – a HUGE culprit when it comes to aging and poor health in general. Smoking produces oxidative stress and free radicals which in turn increase inflammation and destroy collagen throughout the body. It’s a habit you’ll want to kick sooner than later!
  • Stress – cortisol is the steroid hormone released during the body’s response to stress. The evolutionary function of this hormone is its usefulness in the ‘fight or flight’ response of an organism. The problem is in today’s society people experience chronic stress and as a result turns into a detrimental state of inflammation. Stress studies have actually shown that collagen loss in the skin is 10 times greater than any other tissue during chronic stress, making it one of the biggest culprits to dull, think, and sagging skin (Dr. Schauch, 2014).
  • Environmental toxicity – the amount of toxins being released into the environment each year is astonishing. Although impossible to completely avoid, it’s crucial to reduce this toxic load on the body as much as possible. From BPA, dioxins, phthalates, perchlorate, and atrazine – these merely form the 5 major groups contributing to not only our aging process, but unfortunate health compromise. These toxins are responsible for producing free radicals (highly volatile molecules) that disrupt the cellular environment, destroying collagen in its wake. 
  • Unhealthy diet – a diet high in processed foods, pesticides, and harmful additives not only increase the toxic burden on the body, but don’t provide the nutrients necessary for collagen production. It’s a lose-lose formula. Eat FRESH, LOCAL, and ORGANIC foods!
  • Aging – a normal component of the aging process, collagen production actually slows down 1%/year and beginning as early as 21 years of age! This reduction in skin thickness and elasticity is responsible for the gradual signs of aging such as loss of skin suppleness and wrinkle formation.

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Dietary Changes

Although supplementation is very much needed during certain times, absolutely nothing can replace the benefit derived from a healthy diet and lifestyle. For this reason, it should always remain a focus during any health intervention. Here are the crucial changes you need to make in order to ensure that you are reaching optimal collagen production and removing any barriers to it’s formation:

  • Ditch sugar – especially refined!

“When there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can link up with sugar molecules and create AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. Since our body does not recognize these as normal, the immune system is triggered and the skin experiences the result of an inflammatory reaction. That is, aggravation of the dermal layers, destruction of collagen and elastin causing wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, and accelerated aging!” – Dr. Marita Schauch

  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants (i.e. Vitamin A, C, E, and Selenium) – Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins and antioxidants, dark leafy greens, colorful vegetables like carrots and squash are high in beta carotene, and brazil nuts are ultra high in selenium!
  • Get your Omega-3s – these include oils like flax, {uncontaminated} fish, and hemp – and are paramount in helping the body to reduce inflammation. In turn, collagen production is supported as well as healthy cell membranes and joints!
  • Enjoy more Polyphenols — these include catechins (obtained from Green tea), bioflavonoids (from citrus fruits), carotenoids (like lycopene + lutein from tomatoes), resveratrol (from the skin of red grapes).

What to Look for in a Collagen Supplement 

 There are many collagen supplements on the market, but not all carry the desired quality, high standards, and optimal effects. Here’s what to look for if you’re in the market for a superior collagen supplement:

  • Bio-availability – this is extremely important since you want your body to actually be absorbing the collagen. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure it’s in hydrolyzed form, meaning that the proteins have been separated allowing the amino acids to be assimilated.
  • Vitamin C – the formation of collagen is highly dependent on vitamin C in order to obtain its proper helical structure. It’s also acts as a catalyst to ensure the optimal level of biosynthesis, making it an important addition to the formula.
  • Liquid Form – The speed and absorption level of liquids reaches 98%, compared to 10-20% for tablets, making it the preferred form of supplementation. It’s obviously also easier to swallow and can be added to a morning juice or smoothie routine.

LAND ART COLLAG-N

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OTHER USES:

  • Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and cartilage.
  • Helps in the formation of conjunctive tissue.Relieves pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Reduces morning stiffness.
  • Increases range of movement.
  • Reduces the pain associated with the use of the affected articulations.
  • Reduction of swelling and sensitivity.
  • Improves gripping ability.
  • Increases the density and the lubricating effect of synovial liquid.

This product provide 4.8 g proteins per dose.

DOSAGE : Adults: 1 tablespoon (15 ml) per day.

MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS : Per 15 ml: Hydrolyzed Collagen (3.0% L-Lysine), 5000 mg
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), 250 mg

DISCLAIMER: This article does not replace the advice or care of a medical health professional.

References

Clark, Kristine L., Wayne Sebastianelli, Klaus R. Flechsenhar, Douglas F. Aukermann, Felix Meza, Roberta L. Millard, John R. Deitch, Paul S. Sherbondy, and Ann Albert. “24-Week Study on the Use of Collagen Hydrolysate as a Dietary Supplement in Athletes with Activity-related Joint Pain.” Current Medical Research and Opinion Curr Med Res Opin 24.5 (2008): 1485-496. Web.

“Collagen: Myths & Misconceptions.” Doctor Marita. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Aug. 2015.

Sibilla, Sara, and Maryam Borumand. “Daily Consumption of the Collagen Supplement Pure Gold Collagen® Reduces Visible Signs of Aging.” CIA Clinical Interventions in Aging (2014): 1747. Web.

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