We’ve all seen and heard a lot about collagen over the last few years. However, it’s not always clear exactly what collagen is or when we should start taking it. We hope to answer some of your questions about collagen, when to take it and what to take it for in this article.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up parts of the body, including the skin and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones.
However, as we grow older our bodies begin to produce less collagen. Said to slow down by as much as 1-2% each year in most individuals.
When should I take it?
The body’s natural collagen production begins to decline around the age of 25. And it drops significantly in women after the menopause. As a result, skin can become less elastic and start to wrinkle. Hair can become more fragile, joints aren’t as flexible and bones may lose density.
Some experts recommend the introduction of additional collagen through the use of supplements, from early to late 20s. But it’s never too late start! Whether you are 20 or 80, everyone can feel the positive impacts of introducing additional collagen.
What does taking collagen do?
There is a vast amount of benefits reported as a result of taking collagen, including some of the following:
- Can improve skin health.
- Helps to relieve joint pain.
- Helps to promote strong bones.
- Helps muscle health and increases muscle mass.
- Promotes heart health.
- Contributes to good gut health.
What should I do next?
Collagen can be found in certain foods. Particularly in meat products such as chicken skin, pork skin, beef and fish. This isn’t the most appealing option for everyone, especially the vegans amongst us!
Although several foods contain collagen, it is unknown whether the collagen in food has the same benefits as taking collagen capsules.
Take a look at That Hippie Co. Collagen Booster & Prebiotic capsules. They’re convenient, tasteless, vegan and a great way to introduce extra collagen to your diet.