Published in Interior Wellness Spring 2016, page 23
COLLAGEN May Hold The Secret To Looking Younger
The new buzzword appears to be collagen. What is collagen and why is it so important as we age? Collagen is the ” glue” that holds the body together. It comes from the Greek word “kola” which means glue.
There are three types of collagen found in the body.
1. Type 1–comprises 90% of the skin, hair, organs and ligaments.
2. Type 2–applies to cartilage.
3. Type 3–applies to fibrous protein in bones, cartilage, dentin, tendons, and other connective tissues.
Let’s focus on ageing and loss of collagen, especially for the skin. Loss of collagen structure begins long before there is any outward signs of ageing. From 25 years on a person may lose 1% of collagen per year with the insides ageing more rapidly than the skin. Many factors contribute to this loss such as; smoking, poor diet, free radicals and of course getting older.
The signs of aging seem to appear visible around the eyes first including:
1–Fine lines and wrinkles.
2–Under eye bags.
3–Dark circles and discolouration.
4–Dull uneven skin texture.
6–Crows feet due to loose tissue around eyes.
There are currently products on the market that have been used by people around the world to increase collagen. Collagen can be found in natural health products and food. Researching the highest quality of collagen in products is important whether it is a food or skincare product. Gelatine ( the breakdown) of collagen was one of the first functional foods used as a medical treatment in ancient China.
Consuming collagen in food or drink and using a skincare product that combines antioxidants, micronutrients, and peptides that have been clinically proven to stimulate collagen growth will certainly address the major signs of aging and maybe the secret to looking younger.