Collagen: what is it used for and why does it have an anti-aging effect

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As the years go by, the collagen in the body will naturally decrease progressively. After the age of 40, the cells in your body will begin to lose the ability to synthesize this protein from food, and by the age of 60, its production will be reduced by an average of 35 to 50%.

Because of this, from a certain age begins to “leave” the skin, wrinkles, hair and nails more fragile, weakness of muscles, bones and ligaments and degenerative diseases of the cornea and osteo-articular system.

Researchers say that this process of collagen loss can be slowed down if we keep a proper diet that covers our daily protein needs (and always making sure that these are good quality proteins).

People need a lot of vitamin C because it plays a very important role in the synthesis of collagen. That is, if we take protein, but not vitamin C, we will be half. An average adult needs about 80-120 mg of vitamin C a day (smokers need a little more because they “consume” a good portion of this vitamin to neutralize free radicals in tobacco).

Vitamin C can be obtained from the following fruits: citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, gogi berries, tomatoes, red bell peppers and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli.

Sometimes, for dietary reasons, in cases of advanced age or degenerative bone disease, it may be necessary to supplement with hydrolyzed collagen. It comes in the form of powders that can be mixed with water or juice, and one tablespoon a day is enough.

Collagen not only has effects on the skin, it is also used to treat joints and the musculoskeletal system. It benefits from proline and lysine compounds, which have the role of synthesizing fibroblasts in the creation of new collagen proteins together with vitamin C, essential for its correct use.

Many doctors recommend it for the treatment of osteoarthritis, where collagen regeneration is essential, as well as is widely taken by athletes, who suffer from special wear of these tissues. In recent years, its use in anti-aging treatments has taken off, as its effect on the skin is remarkable, providing more firmness, flexibility and health.