Although many of us are happy to age gracefully, it’s nice to have a helping hand with certain products when it comes to slowing down the hands of time. As we age our bodies produce less collagen and elastin and this results in thinning of the skin, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles. Whilst it is impossible to completely stop the aging process, it is possible to supplement our diets in such a way that our collagen levels can be boosted. And it’s not just for aesthetic reasons either, collagen has many different roles in the body and in this article we’re going to explore them in more detail and look at how collagen peptides can help to reverse some of the signs of aging.
What Is Collagen And Why Do We Need It?
Collagen is a form of protein that is found in almost every single cell in the human body, in fact it makes up approximately 25% of our total body mass and 75% of our skin, so to say it is important is an understatement. It’s in our tendons, joints, ligaments, skin, muscles and internal organs and in a sense it is the glue that holds us all together.
The good news is the human body is super clever and can naturally produce its own store of collagen by breaking down dietary protein and turning it into all important amino acids (the building blocks of collagen). The bad news, however, is that as we age the body finds it harder to do this and so our collagen production starts to decrease and with it comes those dreaded signs of aging.
Our once plump, smooth, youthful skin starts to dry up, develop fine lines and wrinkles and as it loses elasticity it may start to sag. And our joints that once used to be agile and loose and free from pain, may not let us move as freely as we once could and may feel stiff and achy.
So is there anything we can do to prevent this from happening or can we boost our diet in such a way that we can top up our collagen levels?
Well the good news is that yes, we can supplement our diets to help with this and we’ll go into a bit more detail about this in a moment. But firstly let’s take more of a look at the amino acids we mentioned earlier and more specifically the strings of amino acids known as peptides.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides are a small collection of amino acids that are made up of specific proteins that help support collagen, elastin and other tissue structures.
They can also help to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Build muscle
- Decrease levels of harmful microbes
- Help fight against disease
Put simply, collagen peptides are those peptides (strings of amino acids) that have the specific function of supporting collagen production. As we know, collagen levels start to deplete as we age, and as the collagen in our bones deteriorates, so too does our bone mass. Supplementing with collagen peptides therefore has become increasingly popular, as it provides many health benefits, such as providing nutrients to your skin improving elasticity and hydration and strengthening your bones.
Skincare products such as moisturisers, face masks, peels, exfoliators quite often contain collagen peptides especially in products aimed at an older market, however did you know you can get collagen peptides another way too?
How Can I Add Collagen Peptides To My Diet?
These days it has become more common for people to supplement their diets with collagen peptides in powdered form. Collagen doesn’t just help to repair bones and skin, but may also provide health benefits in other areas such as hair, nails, gut health, brain health and weight loss. Aura Replenish By Herbs provide a quality collagen peptide that is also suitable for vegans, which is another factor that may need to be taken into consideration.
Powdered collagen peptides mix really well into other foods and because they are flavourless it doesn’t affect the taste of whatever you combine it with. For this reason along with the numerous health and anti aging benefits, collagen peptides have become the ‘in’ powder to add to a whole host of different foods and drinks. One of the most on trend ways to include collagen peptides in your diet is by adding it to your coffee – honestly try Googling ‘collagen coffee’ and you’ll be stunned by the number of results that pop up.
But if you’re not a coffee drinker, or if you are a true coffee connoisseur and can’t stand the thought of adding peptide powder to your morning brew, then check out these other ways to add collagen to your daily diet:
- Smoothies – you’ve heard of protein smoothies… well this is your collagen boosting one.
- Tea – prefer tea to coffee… no problem.
- Juices – you choose the fruit, add the powder, boom supercharged collagen juice.
- Porridge – stir into your morning oatmeal for a morning collagen boost.
- Soups – it doesn’t just have to put sweet, savoury goods work too!
- Mashed potatoes – collagen mash anyone?
- Pancakes – who doesn’t love a pancake (or two!) and even better when it contain collagen.
- Baked goods – replace some of the flour with collagen peptide powder instead.
There are so many different ways you can add collagen peptides to your diet when it is in powdered form, because it mixes so easily with pretty much anything, and if you are looking for ways to boost your collagen level then this is a simple way to do so.
We can’t stop the aging process entirely, but we can certainly slow it down. And if when you look in the mirror and you see wrinkles around your eyes and sagging skin and it really bothers you, then perhaps it’s time to think about doing something about it.
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