In the race to perfection, people will do about anything for a younger look. Nip here. Tuck there. Lift that, smooth this, and this and this too. With all these things buzzing around, you probably heard the word "collagen" a time or two. Maybe preceding the word "injection." Why are people putting this in their bodies?
Collagen is actually a protein already found in your body. It's is a three stranded protein, which gives it an elastic characteristic, and it is found in muscles, tendons, and in the skin. Its abundance in the skin and connective tissue allows for the youthful vibrance and flexibility. As we age, our skin looses this elasticity and ::gasp:: wrinkles can form. The skin turns less vibrant and will even, dare I say, sag. Collagen also gives your nails and hair vitality. Youthful hair strands can be slightly tugged and it will stretch. If you do the same thing to hair that has lost collagen, the strand will snap. Hello split ends and flyaways. Trust me, it's not a good look.
But this is just the exterior. Collagen affects the muscles and tendons just as dramatically. We need our tendons to remain stretchy and resilient. Our tendons hold our muscles to our bones. Whenever we use our muscles, which is always, the flex and pull of the muscles can only be done properly with the malleability of the tendons. As we age, the collagen in our body begins to diminish slowly and our tendons and muscles can become stiff.
Now, let's be honest. Most people would be more concerned about the VISIBLE affects of diminished collaged. But vanity can be a powerful motivator, which, in this case, will benefit the body as a whole. Collagen can be added to your diet easily. Collagen supplements come in powder or tablet form. But, do some research to figure out how that particular collagen is sourced, especially if you follow a certain dietary lifestyle. Some is sourced from collagen of other mammals (fish or cows) so these would not do well for vegetarians but these may have more bioavailability, meaning they are absorbed better by your body. Also, liquid or powder form is usually absorbed faster than pill form for most medicine or supplements.
At GoodPill pharmacy, we carry NeoCell Collagen in powder form and YouTheory Collagen in tablet form. Both contain collagen derived from mammals and have a high bioavailability. If you don't take tablets well, the powder may be the way to go. One scoop in the morning before a meal and you are set for the day. If you are the type that may be on the go and don't have time to take the powder supplement 30 minutes before breakfast, the YouTheory tablets may work better. The dose can be taken at any time.
Next time you come in to GoodPill pharmacy, talk to our staff about the benefits of adding collagen to your daily routine. It's never too early to give your body an extra boost of vitality and flexibility!