Can Collagen Keep you Youthful?

Collagen is a helical protein found in our connective tissues. It is also the most abundant protein in the body making up at least 25% of the total protein, and plays an important structural role for our muscles, skin, tendons, bones, teeth, and gut lining. The human body continues to produce collagen into our 20’s but begins to slow down. Loss of collagen is exacerbated by smoking, sun exposure and poor diet.

Collagen Skin Creams

You’ve probably seen many adds on TV claiming that the topical application of collagen cream will make your skin more elastic and remove wrinkles. Despite what some companies would have you believe, there are currently no rigorous studies that support the claim that you can absorb collagen from topical creams. Collagen is a very large protein molecule which is too large to go through the pores on your skin. At best these creams will leave your skin hydrated and shiny, but cannot pass through or stimulate collagen production.

There are procedures available at Whitby Medspa that can trigger your skin to start producing collagen again. These procedures are Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, Microneedling and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments which all stimulate natural collagen formation.

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Oral Collagen Supplements

There are a number of different collagen supplements available at your local health food store which come in both a pill, powder or liquid form. These products have been clinically shown in

randomized controlled trials to reduce the appearance of eye wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. It is important to keep in mind that all of these studies were short-term and participants were following a balanced diet.

Also, orally taken collagen supplements are not absorbed whole but broken down into component amino acids. These amino acids can be used to promote collagen synthesis if the rest of your diet is adequate, however, there is no guarantee.

Finally, these oral collagen supplements are ty

pically made from animal products so this may be an issue for vegans. Instead, there are vegan collagen-boosting supplements on the market but as with any natural health product, they are not as strictly regulated so it is important to look for the NSF mark indicating the product has met strict quality and safety requirements.

Taking care of your body’s collagen

Eat the right foods