Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.

Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. This process is clear to see in the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, muscles loss and aching joints etc. Lifestyle factors like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure can contribute to depleting collagen levels.

It’s thought that collagen related issues come from a combination of either genetic defects, poor intake of collagen-rich foods, nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems affecting the natural production of collagen. Collagen is also said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretchmarks too.

When the skin loses its elasticity due to decreased collagen, there is more visible cellulite because your skin is now thinner. That’s one reason to make sure that collagen levels are maintained!!!!!

As we age, due to the natural lowering in amounts of collagen, it’s wise that we either boost our diets with foods that are protein rich such as meat, fish and eggs or take supplements. Taking supplements is not so easy for Vegetarians or Vegans - as we’ve personally found out - but after lots of research, here’s what we take.

 
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Kim, being a Pescetarian (Vegetarian most of the time) is taking: Golden Greens Collagen Complex. I add this to my smoothies at breakfast time; not only do I see the benefits especially in my skin texture and the strength of my nails, It also tastes delicious - which is a bonus!

£17.99 for 10 days supply https://www.greensorganic.co.uk

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Lizzie, being a Vegan, is taking Anima Mundi Plant based collagen, https://animamundiherbals.com