As we begin to age, our skin quality and appearance starts to deteriorate, this is due to environmental influences, photoaging and hormonal deficiencies, to name a few. Consequently, we lose collagen and elastin, constituting to changes in appearance and feel of the skin resulting in visible signs of aging.
Skin functions and healthy appearance depend on a sufficient intake of essential nutrients. There has been an increase in awareness, focus and popularity on the relationship between nutrition and skin– with many skin clinics incorporating this as part of their treatments.
There have been numerous studies indicating the possible delay in skin aging and improving overall quality and appearance of the skin with the intake of dietary supplements, such as collagen.
Bovine Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in the connective tissue, bones, cartilage, and hides of cows. There are several types of collagen in the market, all composed of different amino acids. The collagen found in cows is the most similar to what we have as humans in our bodies. There are 3 types of collagen that make up 90% of the human body – Type I, II and III, and bovine collagen contains Type I and II.
But are there any proven results from collagen?
Yes, there has been a variety of studies around collagen and it’s benefits and results. In one study, 15% of women who took a supplement containing Type I collagen, present in bovine collage, had fewer facial lines and wrinkles after 60 days and 39% had reported improved skin moisture. Another study found this collagen supplement improved skin elasticity after four weeks of continuous use.
There have been studies on the collagen’s ability to support and improve hair growth and strengthen nails. In a study, participants who took 2.4 grams of collagen peptides every day for 24 weeks, experienced a 12% rise in nail growth and 42% drop in frequency of broken nails.
Generally, results from collagen can take between 27- 42 days to see and will slow down as we continue to age. It’s also important if you start to take collagen to continuously use it, if you decide to stop for a long period of time (more than 2-3 days) you can lose the benefits you have gained.
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