It seems everybody is talking about collagen or taking a collagen supplement lately. But you might be wondering why is collagen good for you? What does it do to your body?
Collagen is a protein contained in our body in a big amount. It makes up 80% of our skin structure. One of its functions is to provide structural support in connective tissue, muscle, and skin. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity. It is like a glue that holds our bodies together.
As we grow older, collagen production depletes and the skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles appear. Hair gets thinner and, depending on the styling, often also more brittle. It is not shiny anymore and seems not to grow as the split ends break and fall off.
Collagen helps to address all of the above. In addition, there are many other benefits for your overall immunity, your joints, and gut but I just want to stress the benefits to skin and hair. Those are the reasons why I personally take collagen powder in long term.
5 reasons why is collagen good for you
So here are my top reasons with regards to your beauty:
- improves the appearance of your skin
As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, it is looser. You start noticing signs of aging like wrinkles or creases. As our natural collagen production decreases, we need to replenish it in our diet. That’s where collagen supplements come to the word. If you take collagen, your skin becomes more smooth and firm. It helps you look younger. I have personal experience with that. Having been taking collagen powder for several months, I’ve noticed my skin became smoother and more elastic.
Collagen helps the skin cells renew and repair themselves.
- helps your hair
Our hair is made up with keratin. Keratin is a protein just like collagen. To build keratin, our body needs several amino acids. And some of them can be found in collagen.
When we consume collagen and other proteins, our body breaks the proteins down to amino acids and uses the amino acids to build new proteins.
Some amino acids are essential i.e. can be obtained from our diet and some are non-essential i.e. the body can produce make them. Collagen contains three of the non-essential amino acids: glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline.
Collagen is rich in amino acids that our body needs to build keratin.
I also found some resources saying collagen may help slow greying. Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. But the amount of grey hair has been the same for the last 15 years or so and that’s why I would be inclined to confirm it really is efficient.
- repairs your nails
Nails are composed largely of keratin that is also in skin and hair. Collagen may increase the strength of the nails and prevent brittleness as well as stimulate nails to grow longer.
- helps improve the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks
When skin loses its elasticity, cellulite becomes more visible. Collagen helps with that as well. With increased collagen intake your skin becomes smoother and more elastic which makes cellulite less obvious.
- impacts your joint mobility
Collagen allows your joints and tendons to move easily, to glide smoothly. As we age, collagen production is reduced and the joints become stiff causing pain. Collagen helps to support joint mobility.
These are the reasons I use collagen in my daily diet. I actually added it because I wanted to make my hair become thicker and grow faster. I experimented with a lot of external means to boost my hair growth but being a strong supporter of healthy diet affecting our look, I knew I had to add something else to improve my hair (and skin as well).
Where can you get collagen from?
You can increase your collagen intake by adding it to your daily diet in two ways:
1. food (meat, skin, and bones from chicken, beef, pork or fish so a bone broth is a great source of collagen)
2. supplements (collagen-containing products)
There is a huge variety of products that contain collagen in the market. My top choice is powdered collagen and I use it every evening mixed in a glass of water or lukewarm tea.
It is essential to add that production of collagen in our body is boosted by vitamin C as well. Vitamin C is contained in many fruits and vegetables so if you want to increase your vitamin C intake, you can either increase the number of fruits or vegetables such as oranges, strawberries, or peppers or buy some vitamin C supplements. I add vitamin C to my collagen drink – actually not adding it to the drink but take a little bit of it at the same time as my collagen drink.
How do you know, if you lack collagen?
Lack of collagen results in common signs of aging. When you see sagging skin that has lost its elasticity and wrinkles, as well as stiff joints, you can be sure the body is producing less collagen. With high collagen levels, the skin is soft, smooth, and firm.
If you experience such signs of lacking collagen, I highly recommend you to get yourself a high-quality collagen supplement and add bone broth to your daily diet. However, be patient when you do that! It takes several months to see significant results. Same as everything, long-term results can only be achieved with long-term habits.
Adding a collagen drink made of powdered collagen to your daily diet may bring some incredible results to your look! Your skin may get more elastic and healthy looking, your new grown hair may be stronger and your nail may stop breaking.
I’ve noticed my skin got more firm after taking collagen for a few months. My hair is stronger and my nails grow faster. And my hip joints and knees stopped hurting.
In my opinion, our look i.e. skin, hair, and nails reflect what we eat most of anything. It is good to be aware that if you care for your look and want to keep your skin look young as long as possible, have long and healthy hair, etc.
It is also important to take care of our skin and hair externally. You can find out more about hair care in the article how to make hair grow faster.
I hope this article has helped you to find the answer to the question of why is collagen good for you. If you have any questions related to it, feel free to write down below in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to help you out.