Benefits of Collagen
You may or may not have heard the new craze going around in the health space called - collagen.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, it helps us build our connective tissues such our bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage and supports healthy skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion.
Our bodies produce collagen, but like most things in the body it slows down with age. Other factors such as smoking, sun exposure, and an unhealthy diet can also reduce production.
So what’s so good about collagen? Let’s see what the science says.
The most exciting benefit of collagen is glowing, vibrant and tight looking skin! This is because collagen is the protein that provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthy.
A study by Proksch E et al (2014) randomly chose 69 women, aged 35-55 years old and gave some of them a collagen supplement and the rest a placebo. The women who took the collagen showed an improvement in skin elasticity within only four weeks!
Another study by Proksch E et al (2014) showed that the same supplement significantly reduced wrinkles after just eight weeks.
It may also help with cellulite! Another study by Schunck, M (2015) found that after 6 months of collagen supplements the woman aged 24-50 demonstrated a clear improvement in skin texture and waviness on the skin!
CAN I GET A HELL YEAH!
It gets better! Collagen can help to strengthen our hair and nails. In a study by Hexsel, D (2017) they gave participants daily collagen supplementation for 24 weeks and found improved nail growth and reduced broken nails by 42%! As for hair, a study by Glynis, A (2012) supplemented 15 women with thinning hair, 180 days of collagen supplementation and it resulted in improvements in hair volume, scalp coverage, shine, and thickness. Skin moisture and smoothness also improved!
Other ways collagen may help include:-
- Digestion health
- Joint health & reduce joint pain
- Improve blood sugar levels
- Improve bone density
What doesn’t collagen do!
Unfortunately, sometimes we are unable to get enough collagen from diet alone, and this is why we added collagen protein to the SLIM MAMA SHAKE! Collagen powder is broken down into smaller particles, so the amino acids are much easier to digest and absorb. We got your back mama’s, we knew it was important to add it in so you too can get the benefits of collagen!
Doris Hexsel MD Vivian Zague PhD Michael Schunck PhD Carolina Siega BSc Fernanda O Camozzato MD Steffen Oesser PhD (2017) 'Oral supplementation with specific bioactive collagen peptides improves nail growth and reduces symptoms of brittle nails', Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 16(4), pp. 520-526 [Online]. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jocd.12393
Glynis, A. (2012). A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 5(11), 28–34.
Proksch E, Segger D, Degwert J, Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S: Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014;27:47-55. doi: 10.1159/000351376
Proksch E, Schunck M, Zague V, Segger D, Degwert J, Oesser S: Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin Wrinkles and Increases Dermal Matrix Synthesis. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014;27:113-119. doi: 10.1159/000355523
Schunck, M., Zague, V., Oesser, S., & Proksch, E. (2015). Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology. Journal of Medicinal Food, 18(12), 1340–1348. http://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2015.0022