The main structural protein found in the skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen.
So why is collagen so important? And what does it do? It is not an opinion but a fact that as we age the collagen in our bodies deplete. It is the most abundant protein found in our bodies and it is essential for our blood, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, vessels and digestive system. It actually holds our bodies together and is naturally produced by our own bodies. Not only does collagen aid in making us beautiful with plump, hydrated skin, healthy shiny hair and long and strong nails, collagen is important for our mobility and bodily strength.
Again as we age, the natural production slows down and as a result the skin has less elasticity, wrinkles start to form, hair starts to thin and lackluster and our bodies become less flexible with joints getting stiff. The good new is that you can and should (with your doctor’s approval) take collagen in whatever form is convenient for you. There are powders, liquid and pill form and there are foods that help such as egg whites, cheese and cabbage and foods that contain contain vitamin C are helpful. Factors that help to deplete collagen are sugar, cigarette smoking, the rays from the sun to name a few.
A stop by your local vitamin store will provide you with some of the many options of collagen available. Personally, I like the Neocell Super Collagen with and without C. Its tasteless, and easy to mix a scoop in water or orange juice. If you are as lucky as I have been, in no time you will begin to see the signs of better looking skin and hair, minor aches and pains will subside and you will begin to regain the pep in your step. From my research and results, I am completely sold on the idea of incorporating collagen back into my body everyday!