Collagen is a family of structural proteins. It is found in your skin, bones, tendons, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, teeth, intestinal lining, blood vessels, and even the cornea of your eye!
Collagen is derived from the Greek word “kolla” which means “glue”. Collagen is the glue that holds your body together. Without it, you start to fall apart.
There is a direct link between the loss of estrogen with menopause and the reduction of collagen formation, It may even reduce by as much as 30% within a few years post-menopause.
Signs your collagen levels are reducing include:
Benefits of improving your collagen formation may include:
You can encourage your body to continue producing collagen by making sure you have plenty of amino acid building blocks. Consuming plenty of bone broth is one dietary way to increase your collagen levels.
Collagen production needs anti-oxidant co-factors. The most important being Vitamin C.
As an insurance policy, that you are getting enough collagen every day, you may choose to supplement with collagen peptides.
Other ways to stimulate collagen production include laser resurfacing, micro-needling and radiofrequency treatment.