Wrinkle-free skin with no wrinkles or blemishes! Who doesn’t want to have the resilient and radiant skin we had when we were kids? But, let’s face it, we’re all getting older, and our skin and joints are subjected to a lot of pressure from our diet, environment, sun exposure, stress, smoking, hormones, and genetics.
As we get older (beginning at age 40), our bodies naturally start to lose collagen. Our skin loses its suppleness and resilience, and our joints make more “snap, crackle, and pop” noises than a bowl of Rice Krispies. It’s time to focus on the “inside” if you’ve spent a lot of money on beauty treatments that didn’t work.
What is Collagen?
Collagen, in its simplest form, is a protein that makes up the majority of our skin, tendons, cartilage, bones, and connective tissue. Collagen gives our skin its suppleness and hair its strength. It also allows for the formation of connective tissues that holds our body together.
Collagen, which accounts for about 25% of the body’s protein and is necessary for the integrity of connective tissues, has possible anti-aging effects. Collagen works in tandem with elastin to keep the skin firm while also keeping joints supple.
Hydrolzyed collagen has been shown in studies to have significant anti-aging effects for the skin, bone, hair, and joints. The purpose of recent studies by Penn State University was to assess the efficacy of collagen hydrolysate.
For the treatment of wrinkles and aging skin, researchers gave participants 2.5g – 5.0 grams of collagen hydrolysate once daily for 8 weeks. In both collagen hydrolysate dosage groups, skin elasticity improved significantly in comparison to the placebo group at the conclusion of the study.
Researchers at Penn State also did a 24-week experiment on collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint discomfort. Their finding showed that collagen hydrolysates may aid joint health and potentially decrease the risk of arthritis. This is an important takeaway, especially if you exercise on a regular basis but struggle with aches and pains due to age or overuse.
Best Sources of Collagen
The greatest (bovine) collagen source is home-made bone broth. Cows are the animals that provide bovine collagen. However, it may not always be simple to produce your own bone broth at home.
Supplements are another option. Collagen supplements, because collagen molecules are too big to pass through the skin, may not provide adequate relief. Collagen capsules or powder, on the other hand, are an excellent method to increase your collagen intake.
The easiest type of collagen to absorb is one that has already been hydrolized. This implies the collagen has already been broken down into more readily digested and usable forms. Look for a drinkable supplement that includes hydrolyzed bovine collagen peptides, like YANA daily collagen shots, which you can find on our store here. This is the most easily absorbed form of bovine collagen, along with other beneficial ingredients.
Users of YANA collagen rave that they notice an improvement in skin hydration, skin elasticity, and fine lines around their eyes.
You can boost your collagen levels by adding Vitamin C to your daily collagen shots, as Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen in the body.