Considering Collagen Supplements?

by Natural_Skin_Care

Oral collagen supplements can benefit other parts of the body, such as organs, bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage, and can help to reverse the effects of arthritis.

Collagen is a protein that keeps skin tissue firm and supple, and is found throughout the body; in the cartilage, bones, muscles and tendons as well as in the skin. Our skin is composed of two different layers; the top layer is known as the epidermis, and the bottom layer is known as the dermis. Collagen is the main component of the epidermis and keeps the skin smooth and youthful looking.

Collagen is used by the body to repair itself, and promotes healthy hair and nails. It is essential for rebuilding and strengthening cartilage and promoting wound healing.

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As we age, the amount of collagen in our body decreases, causing our skin to sag and wrinkles to form. These are caused by the lack of collagen to keep the skin shape intact. As collagen is lost from the cartilage, it can no longer repair itself and will start to degenerate, leading to painful conditions such as arthritis.

Many people suffering from these effects are attempting to turn back time by taking collagen supplements to try to reverse these effects. Collagen can be taken either orally in liquid or pill form, as a cream to prevent or reverse wrinkles, or as an injection to smooth out wrinkles.

Oral collagen supplements can benefit other parts of the body, such as organs, bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage, and can help to reverse the effects of arthritis. However, there is some debate at how effective collagen supplements are at actually treating wrinkles. As the collagen molecule is too large for the skin to absorb, collagen creams do not actually provide the body with extra collagen. The only benefit may be the moisturizing effect they have on the skin.

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Collagen injections do have a more noticeable effect, as they smooth out wrinkled skin. However, these effects are only temporary, usually lasting for around 12 weeks. Collagen injections can also cause adverse reactions in some people, or give the face a swollen, puffy appearance. Some people are allergic to the injections, so a test should always be undertaken beforehand to determine any sensitivity.

If you prefer natural skin care, eat foods rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, such as oily fish, leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds. These help the body convert a substance known as keratin into collagen, plus regulate the body’s production of growth hormones.


If you intend to try using collagen supplements, you should discuss this with your doctor or a health professional in the first instance, and only use a recommended practitioner.

Updated: 08/06/2014, Natural_Skin_Care
 
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Sophie Bowns on 04/22/2014

I think I'm a bit young to consider them at the moment....your post was really good though!

Joan Harrington on 04/21/2014

Interesting post, thank you for sharing :)

Amy on 04/21/2014

Very interesting information! I wonder if collagen supplements would ease the beginnings of arthritis that I have in my fingers?

JB on 04/21/2014

Thank you for a well-rounded look at the subject, including sources in nature - makes it a truly informative piece.

Natural_Skin_Care on 03/07/2014

@Jeanne Melanson You're welcome!

Jeanne Melanson on 03/07/2014

Great information, as always. Thank you so much!

Natural_Skin_Care on 03/07/2014

@Carolyn Coleman-Grady Yes, those good sources too!

Natural_Skin_Care on 03/07/2014

@Ryan Biddulph Thanks for stopping by!

Carolyn Coleman-Grady on 03/07/2014

Thanks for sharing. There is always pros and cons with any product. Very important to bones and skin. I prefer the fish and natural foods. Great info

Ryan Biddulph on 03/07/2014

Nice video and collagen breakdown ;)

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