Published Article on Sibyl Magazine March 2016, page 73

The new buzzword seems to be collagen. But what is collagen and why is it so important as we all age? Collagen is actually the “glue” that holds the body together.

 

It comes from the Greek word kola meaning glue. Representing 25% to 35% of our total protein content in the body, it is really one of the most important structural components of our bodies. It is an essential protein made up of amino acids. Making sure of the regeneration of bones, skin, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles is a huge role collagen plays. Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract.

 

As a person gets older, collagen production in the body slows down. At the rate of 1% every year after the age of 25 the body loses its own natural collagen. Many factors contribute to this loss. Pollution, smoking, poor diet, free radicals and aging may all contribute to this loss. Looking in the mirror at a face you no longer recognize due to the sagging skin, wrinkles and dark circles, plus thinning hair looking dull and lifeless are all signs of the loss of collagen. Skin is composed of about 75% collagen, allowing for elasticity and firmness.  Sun exposure may damage existing collagen plus not caring for the skin properly may cause it to break down. What may be happening on the inside of the body you may feel but can’t see. Joints may ache and be less flexible. Blood vessels throughout the body may become less flexible and stiffen, resulting in perhaps heart problems and blood pressure rising.

 

There are ways to increase collagen. There are currently products on the market that have been used by many
people around the world. Well known in the Asian markets and Europe, collagen can be found in natural health
products and food.

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