Do Collagen Supplements Really Work?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, making up one-third of the total protein count. It is most abundant in the skin tissues,bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and gut. Our body naturally produces collagen in order to maintain the structure of tissues and organs.
As we age, our collagen stores reduce and the body produces poorer quality collagen over time. In addition to aging, our lifestyle and genetics also play a part. Habits such as smoking, eating an unhealthy diet,or living a stressful lifestyle can aggravate inflammation and free radicals in the body, which increases the speed of collagen breakdown. Sun damage and nutritional deficiency are also common causes of collagen damage.
The most obvious signs of collagen breakdown occur in the skin, in the form of dryness, wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity. Most people focus on the skin because it is the part of the body that we can see.
However, can you imagine this happening throughout your body and in your internal organs and tissues?
As part of a holistic approach, collagen supplementation is essential for slowing the aging process and preventing cell and tissue damage within the body. Here are 5 scientifically proven health benefits from supplementing your diet with collagen:
- Skin Health
A study published in the Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals showed that women who took a hydrolysed collagen supplement reported significant improvements in their skin health – particularly in the areas of hydration and elasticity. When your skin is hydrated and more elastic, you will be less prone to signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen plays a direct role in maintaining the structural integrity of skin cells and is an important supplement for anyone looking to retain a youthful appearance.
Note: Collagen and vitamin C work synergistically together. Without sufficient vitamin C, the body will not be able to form or store collagen. Thus, it is important to take both together. Vitamin C has also been scientifically proven to improve health throughout the body.
- Cardiovascular Health
New research is showing that one of the primary causes of atherosclerosis—the clogging or narrowing of blood vessels that cause heart attacks and strokes—is tissue damage along the walls of blood vessels. This is most commonly caused by lifestyle or dietary habits that heighten inflammation and free radical damage. When the body detects that there is damage, it sends substances such as cholesterol to repair the damage. This causes a temporary narrowing of that particular area. Over time and if the lifestyle factors are not changed, the blood vessels become narrower and narrower, leading to cardiovascular disease. Collagen is an essential substance for maintaining the structural integrity of blood vessels. In combination with antioxidants, it is believed that collagen can play a key role in preventing or slowing the progress of cardiovascular disease.
- Bone & Joint Health
Did you know that your bones are made of mostly collagen?
Collagen gives bones structure and keeps them strong. Collagen is also found in the connective tissues that make up our joints, tendons and cartilages. Studies have shown that collagen supplements are effective for preventing bone loss and reducing joint pain. In some studies, women who took a collagen supplement daily actually showed an increase in bone mineral density after 12 months! This shows that collagen supplementation is essential in the prevention of osteoporosis and other bone and joint related conditions.
One of collagen’s health benefits is also its ability to help improve eyesight! Recent studies have revealed that a lack of collagen in the eyes is one of the leading causes of glaucoma and cataracts. These conditions are more common in those over the age of 50, and this has been linked with the lowered production of collagen due to aging. An increase in collagen intake has shown significant benefits for these age-related eye issues!
NewLife™’s Collasta is a proprietary hydrolysed collagen supplement enhanced with astaxanthin and an antioxidant complex for total anti-aging support!
The hydrolysed marine collagen combined with multiple potent antioxidants, works synergistically to combat what may be one of the main causes for most chronic diseases—free-radical damage.
I travel a lot and as such my skin is exposed to the weather and this has caused it to look dull and tired.
After a month of consuming Collasta, I noticed my skin texture improving and getting firmer especially in the areas around my eyes. My skin became clearer and not as dry as before. Obvious wrinkles have become less visible and not only that, my joint pains have totally disappeared. In addition to all these remarkable changes, my vision is clearer; I can now read and drive without having to wear my glasses!
I am healthy and feeling like I’m on top of the world. My daily consumption of these wonderful NewLife™ products has truly helped me.
Umi Kalsom Abd. Rahim, Kuala Lumpur
My eyesight started deteriorating after I turned 36. I started having difficulty reading the numbers on buses when I needed a ride and my eyes would strain when I tried to read road signs whenever I drove. I had to depend on my glasses. Having known my problems, my wife Sarah recommended me to take Collasta. I began drinking it every night. I liked its taste as well as the cooling sensation it left and I looked forward to drinking it. A month later, I was out and I realized that I had forgotten to bring my glasses. I noticed then that the things I saw which were usually blurry, had now appeared clearer. I could read the road names from a distance as well as the bus number without straining my eyes.
Drinking Collasta has helped me improve my eyesight!
Bernard Lim, Singapore
All Pain Gone! My Mom Can Walk Freely Again!
My elderly mother had pain in her knee joint, thighs and buttocks. She also suffered discomfort all over her body. I took her for medical check-up with an orthopaedic doctor, who took an X-ray of her spine and left knee and gave her a prescription. My mom had a history of gastric problems, so I was reluctant to let her take medication. Instead, I gave her Collasta. My mother started taking Collasta with 2 packets a day for 15 days followed by a packet a day. I was surprised that after 3 days the pain lessened and a week later, she could walk up the staircase without help. She felt improvement every day and at the end of 2 weeks the pain was gone! She was able to go back to her usual activities such as morning walks to market and Tai Chi twice a week. Thank you, NewLife™, for having such a wonderful product!
Rina Chee, Kuala Lumpur