Do Collagen Supplements Really Work?
What Is Collagen And How Does it Work?
Collagen is our skin’s basic building block, which gives skin its structure, plumpness and elasticity. In effect, it’s like ‘biological scaffolding’ which gives your skin that plump look and feel, at least when we are young!
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in your body, making up approximately 30% of all the proteins you have. It’s in your muscles, tendons, bones, organs and even blood vessels, as well as in your skin – it’s essentially the ‘glue’ that holds everything together, making up around 70% of your skin in total!
Whilst it has many important bodily functions, the role it plays in skin health and in slowing the ageing process of your skin is significant. It strengthens and improves the integrity of your skin and provides structure and firmness. It also helps retain moisture and reduces dryness levels. Along with another protein called elastin, it helps maintain the elasticity and plumpness of your skin.
Collagen in your skin (along with elastin) is under constant attack from a whole range of sources, with sunlight and smoking being by far the worst skin damagers. Skin is also under attack from high levels of sugar too.
What Happens To The Production Of Collagen As We Age?
As we age, our skin cells become less efficient at renewing lost collagen. The collagen network that provides our skin with its firmness and structure starts to break down and your skin starts to lose this. The appearance of your skin becomes more dehydrated and thinner and lines, wrinkles and deeper furrows can start to appear.
Whilst you can’t easily measure the levels of collagen in your body, you can tell when levels are starting to drop as you’ll start to see the development of these wrinkles and the onset of dull and wrinkled skin when you look in the mirror. This is a completely natural part of the ageing process, but there are things you can do to increase the level of collagen to help you keep your skin in tip top condition as you age.
What Are The Benefits Of Taking Collagen Supplements To Aid Skin Health?
It’s well known that a large amount of the over 50s are failing to reach the recommended intake (RDA) for many of the vitamin and mineral nutrients involved in collagen production. These nutrients are responsible for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Whilst there are collagen rich foods you can eat; collagen supplementation is the best way to absorb collagen directly. As you age, collagen tends to break down faster than the rate you form new collagen. This is where supplementation can play a key role in trying to inhibit this ageing process, by maintaining collagen levels as high as possible.
The consumption of collagen helps to increase skin elasticity and support your body’s skin repair process and encourage your body to form new collagen. It can increase skin hydration, smoothness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The collagen molecule itself is too large to be properly absorbed and isn’t as effective in this form. The best type of absorbable collagen is a special form of the protein: ‘hydrolysed’ collagen. Water is used to split the molecule into smaller, more absorbable pieces - making the collagen more ‘bio-available’.
Studies have shown that by regularly taking hydrolysed collagen, it can improve overall skin health and combat the effects of ageing. This form of ‘hydrolysed’ collagen is the very best, as your gut immediately absorbs it and sends it directly to your skin through your bloodstream - ready for action.
What Are The Best Ways to Take Collagen?
There are many ways to take collagen and you have the ability to get rather creative with this too.
At Prime Fifty, we have two types of collagen-based products – Collagen Shots and Skin, Hair & Nails tablets and capsules. These both have a high dose of hydrolysed marine collagen and also have a blend of multiple other micro-nutrients to throw even more beauty benefits into the mix.
Our Collagen Shots are easy to incorporate into your everyday lifestyle. Whilst many people love to drink them straight from the sachet for a refreshing citrus burst in the morning, you can also get creative with how you take your collagen shot such as:
- Mixing it into your porridge
- Adding it into your morning smoothie
- Adding it into a hot drink
Prime Fifty Collagen ‘Beauty from Inner Health’ Products
Prime Fifty’s Beauty From Inner Health formula has been designed to nourish and protect your hair, skin and nails from within by using an advanced, age-specific, multi-nutrient formulation. This comprises the most essential vitamins, minerals, natural extracts and other scientifically researched ingredients such as: Bioperine, evening primrose oil, copper, zinc, vitamin C and bamboo extract.
How To Take Prime Fifty Products?
Collagen Shots – you will only need to take one shot daily for 14 days. By doing this, you will absorb not only significant levels of collagen (5000mg) but will also benefit from the anti-oxidative and skin protective effects of Retinol, Vitamin C and Selenium too. The Prime Fifty shots also contain Biotin, Iodine, Zinc and evening primrose oil, which together will give you a significant health boost to your overall skin, hair and nails beauty regime.
Skin, Hair & Nails – the tablet and soft-gel ‘combination’ product is more of a longer-term maintenance product which offers the same benefits over a full three months. This uses a slightly different formulation to allow you to benefit from other relevant ingredients over this time period, before repeating the cycle starting with the shots again.
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