Nutrition-based beauty is here. As we turn to daily diet lifestyles that are organic, whole ingredients and non-processed foods and we can actively reduce ingestion of GMOs and synthetic chemicals, these small changes can have huge impacts on our outward appearance. Beauty-nourishing diets which include juicing, coconut oil, apple cider vintage, and such have become commonplace. And we are now learning more about how supplemental nourishment from hydrolyzed collagen and antioxidants such as Vitamin C can provide beauty supportive nourishment.
Today, let’s deep dive into the collagen conversation.
If we take a look at our diets here in the United States, we realize that reduction in collagen consumed has been directly compounded by our intense desire to lose weight. Unlike Asia and Europe, where collagen-rich foods like bone broths, whole chicken and whole fish recipes, marrows and gelatins still reign culturally, consumers in the United States have in most recent years engaged in the routine removal of skin and bones in our diets. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a staple in our diet due to the dieting craze of the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, what we now know is that this practice has impacted the health of our skin, hair and nails.
Today, with new science-backed studies and advancements that support what we have observed and learned from other cultures around the world, we are returning to beauty nourishing diets to provide outer beauty health from the inside out by providing nutritional support of these key proteins. We know that the continual ingestion of these nourishing proteins in our food and through nutritional supplementation can yield long-term positive results.
So what is Collagen?
Collagen is one of the most important proteins in our bodies and the most abundant protein found in the skin. The most integral part of the skin’s fabric, collagen is a mesh-like structure. In fact, approximately 30% (roughly one third) of all the proteins in the human body are composed of collagen. The naturally-occurring protein is regarded as the substance that holds the whole body together and can be found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons. Collagen gives the skin its strength and elasticity, and is also responsible for new skin cells. Collagen keeps skin resilient and joints working smoothly and provides the structure in the tissue that connects our organs.
As we age, collagen production typically begins to slow down. As our production of collagen declines throughout the years, the internal supportive mesh weakens resulting in sagging and thinning of the skin, and hallowing of the skin surface.
How can you boost your collagen production?
Collagen has been in our everyday diets as long as we have been eating meat, fish and bone broths. When you cook a broth or a stew, the jelly-like stuff that rises to the top is “collagen”. You will want to boost your collagen intake through diet: return to cooking whole poultry, meat and fish on the bone. Enjoy bone broths year-around, and consider adding shellfish to your diet; the minerals found in lobster, for instance, like zinc and selenium, have been shown to support collagen production naturally. But note, even as bone broths return to the United States on the wellness front, you may not be able to include collagen containing foods on a daily basis; therefore, you may want to add collagen supplementation to your daily routine to ensure that you are getting some collagen every day.
This concept of replenishing collagen through supplementation beyond food — through ingesting collagen through liquid form — has been around for ages and originates back to the Orient. At Reserveage™ Nutrition we have spent time learning these secret solutions including traveling to China and Japan. Collagen is as present in their grocery stores and bodegas as coffee is here in the United States.
Advancements in Collagen Supplementation
We now know that the key to what makes collagen peptides effective than ordinary collagen protein is the hydrolysis (the breakdown) of the proteins into smaller molecules (peptides) which can allow for faster and more effective absorption. When the fragments are the right size, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and can be used more easily by the body in the production of collagen in the skin’s matrix. Additionally, the an important ingredient to support collagen production is Vitamin C. You will want to look for a standardized ingredient in a collagen supplement to ensure the science has been applied to the ingredient (ensuring ingredient integrity and quality, strength, and hydrolyzed factors). We use Biocell Collagen® and Verisol® Bioactive Collagen Peptides®, which have been tested in clinical studies. And, our collagen also provides Hyaluronic Acid which can provide additional support for skin hydration.
We have worked with our team of Ph.Ds and nutritionists to develop a suite of ingestible Bioactive collagen products to provide you this awesome beauty supplement. We offer collagen in the form of capsules such as Reserveage Collagen Hydra Protect with Ceramides, which features a patented complex of Biocell Collagen® designed to help support healthy skin and promote smooth texture. These powerful capsules supply the nutrients needed to replenish the skin’s vital lipid barrier. A clinical study has shown improvement in elasticity and hydration within 14 days if used daily.
We have also developed an amazing collagen powder with Reserveage Nutrition Collagen Replenish Powder: Verisol® Bioactive Peptides®, Vitamin C, and Hyaluronic Acid which is specially formulated in a flavorless powder to dissolve instantly in cold foods or liquids. Add it to your favorite shakes, yogurt, or smoothies as a boost of collagen in your daily routine. And for on-the-go supplementation, we also offer collagen in the form of a delicious chew, with triple-action collagen that includes clinically studied Verisol® Bioactive Collagen Peptides®, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C!
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