Collagen – what is it, and what it good for?

Collagen – what is it, and what it good for?

 

It is no surprise that collagen has become widely regarded in the beauty world as a cosmetic magic bullet, creating youthful, smoother-appearing faces, lusciously-strengthened hair and full, plump lips. The word ‘collagen’ comes from the Greek word ‘Kolla’ meaning glue, asserting the fundamental role it plays in holding us together. Collagen is indeed our most abundant protein, found in our skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, gums, teeth, blood vessels and even our eyes.

 

Cosmetic medical evidence to date suggests that collagen molecules found in notoriously expensive face creams and serums do not actually penetrate the dermis. Most anecdotal evidence appears to point to the same conclusion. Yet the right type of collagen, taken internally in a sufficiently potent dosage, is potentially one of the most effective ways of achieving more youthful looking skin, reducing overall bodily inflammation and improving key health issues.

 

It is the amino acids found in supplemental collagen that are the unsung heroes of the story and are exactly what make this protein a nutritional powerhouse. Their potency is such that they deliver a physiological ‘bang-for-your-buck’ in their ability to work on both mental and physical wellbeing. Unlike our ancient forebears, modern life tends to render us deficient in these specific amino acids as we do not typically utilise whole animal nutrition, compounded by the trend towards more blended plant-based and sustainable lifestyles.

 

Collagen’s most abundant amino acid is glycine which helps build healthy DNA and RNA strands, our genetic building blocks, and which can increase prefrontal cortex serotonin, reducing stress and anxiety.  Given serotonin is a precursor to melatonin, glycine can affect neurotransmitters in a way that promotes better quality sleep and reduced fatigue the following day. It also supports a healthier digestive system due its soothing properties and ability to regulate stomach acid production. 

 

Collagen also contains arginine, which works alongside glycine to help produce creatine, increasing physical performance and supporting the tendons and ligaments every time we exercise. 

 

Other key amino acids include proline and hydroxyproline, which assist the body’s own collagen production, and are recognised as creating fuller and plumper looking complexions. Studies suggest dosing with collagen hydrolysate improves skin elasticity and moisture accompanied by a deceleration in the ageing of skin.

 

How to Choose your Collagen + Why True Collagen?

Pasture raised, grass fed or wild caught marine bovine collagen sources are superior and should ideally be in hydrolysed form for its greater absorbability. Also, please be aware of the importance on ethical sourcing, look for sustainability credentials and with no artificial ingredients or fillers added.

Here at Ancient + Brave we work hard to ensure all of the above criteria are met, alongside the fact that we are proud that our True Collagen is both odourless and tasteless and is bottled in dark brown glass jars. To learn more click here