You have probably heard of collagen, but what is it exactly?
Collagen is a protein that makes up a lot of our body parts, including muscle, tendons,
ligaments and the skin. Collagen plays a key role in skin structure and bone strength.
Collagen supplements are becoming increasingly popular as new research comes out to show it can improve skin elasticity and increase bone density.
Why do I need a collagen supplement?
Collagen production reduces as you get older resulting in your body becoming unable to keep up with its own demands. This can lead to reduced bone density, signs of aging in the skin, and also joint and muscle pain.
Collagen is present in animals such as cows, pigs and chickens, but the majority is stored in bones and skin, the parts of the animal we don't often eat. The type of collagen in our food is also not absorbed by our bodies very well. Collagen supplements are available in a form that is more efficiently absorbed and distributed.
There are many potential benefits to collagen supplements, these include:
1) Improve skin health
2) Prevent bone loss
3) Relieve joint pain
4) Promote muscle mass
There have been multiple studies done worldwide that show collagen supplements provide a range of health and beauty benefits. Research from Germany and Korea has shown that those who took a collagen supplement over a certain period of time showed increased skin elasticity and hydration and reduced wrinkles on both an objective and subjective level compared to those given a placebo.
We stock a wide range of collagen supplements, coming in different forms. Shop our range online at www.ezypharmacy.co.nz, or if you have any questions about whether collagen could be right for you, then come in store and chat to our knowledgeable team.
James the Pharmacist