What Is Collagen? – The “Beauty Protein”
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body. It helps to give structure to our bones, hair, fingernails and skin – in addition to the ligaments and tendons. Collagen is also important for helping hair shine, fingernails stay strong and for skin to have that healthy glow. As we grow older, however, and the more stress we place on our bodies, the bigger the impact it has on collagen production. Collagen as part of a well-balanced diet can help our bodies replenish what’s been lost. Basically, collagen is a natural protein consisting of amino-acids that help the body’s connective tissue (like ligaments and tendons) skin, hair, nails and “gut health” function at its best.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is different from other proteins like whey or casein protein because of its high levels of amino acids. Muscular tissue growth, joint function and a general glowing appearance can be in part attributed to the amino acid blend that’s found in collagen that just can’t be found elsewhere.
Collagen and Your Skin
Collagen is an essential building block for maintaining healthy skin. It accounts for as much as 30 percent of the body’s protein and up to 70 percent of the protein in the skin.
Collagen Production and Aging
As we grow older, natural collagen production starts to slow down. Consequently, skin can become less resilient and less supple. In addition, hair color starts to fade, joints aren’t quite as flexible and bone can gradually lose density. At the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, we offer a number of excellent skin treatment and skin care products that promote collagen production and revitalize the skin. If you’d like to learn more about the many options available for improving the look and feel of your skin, call us today and we’ll schedule a consultation for you at 630-232-7860.