Collagen is a type of protein naturally occurring in the bodies of mammals. It is an essential component for healthy and strong bones, skin, cartilage and many of the bodies soft connective tissues such as tendons. It has a highly marked presence in the body, making up 75% of our skin composition and 30% of our bodies overall composition.
Extreme collagen deficiency, which can have both genetic and dietary causes, can lead to many serious diseases normally connected with skeletal and structural disorders.
As we age, the production of collagen in the body naturally slows down and can be the cause of many of the aches and pains we associate with getting older. In addition it will cause weakness, fatigue and lack of stamina.
As collagen is responsible for the well-being and elasticity of the skin, often the most obvious signs of collagen deficiency are wrinkles, lines and loose skin on the neck and face.
Natural Sources of Collagen
The degradation and lack of healthy collagen in the body is a natural and inevitable process.
As one of the main signs of this is evident in the aging of the skin, the business of collagen replacement is a multi million dollar industry. Women in particular will spend a fortune in an attempt to combat aging of the skin and as a result there are literally thousands of creams, potions and lotions that claim they will boost collagen or introduce healthy collagen levels into the body.
However, according to many experts the majority of these claims are false due to the body’s inability to absorb or assimilate the introduced collagen.
1.) Cynergy TK
There have recently been some products that have come onto the market which enable or stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. Many users of these products claim they are very effective.
Cynergy TK is one of these products. Developed by a New Zealand company, it utilizes the natural keratin found in the sheep of wool.
2.) Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps the body produce and heal collagen. Vitamin C is found in many fruit and vegetables and citrus fruit is a particularly rich source of it. Rose-hips also contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for a balanced diet and for health maintenance. Many claim it is effective in slowing down the aging process too.
3.) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids will help the body with the production of collagen. The best known source of Omega-3 is oily and fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon. However, it is also present in many seeds and nuts of which walnuts, Brazil nuts, soy nuts and pumpkin seeds are examples. Soy bean oil is also rich in Omega-3.
Some experts claim that once the body’s collagen production starts to degrade then there is little that can be done to combat it except hope for a temporary slowing down of the process. Introducing natural sources of collagen may have little or no effect and sources that help the body produce collagen may lose effect as the aging process gets well under way. However, including Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet will benefit your overall health regardless of whether they effectively help combat the signs of aging so are perhaps worth trying.