Collagen gives our body its form. It’s what’s beneath our skin, above our muscles, and in between all of our organs. It actually consists primarily of protein bundles with glycine, proline, and Vitamin C. And is considered connective tissue for a reason. It literally connects everything within your body.
And as we age, it gets more difficult for our body to maintain thick, lively, connective tissue, that is, healthy collagen. While most people think building collagen is the secret that gives skin its healthy glow, and prevents sagging skin and wrinkles, it actually has many benefits that go beyond the aesthetics.
There are over 20 different structures of protein, fat and mineral that we refer to as collagen. The structure of connective tissue will determine its purpose within the body. However, the raw material, the phytochemistry behind building healthy collagen, is the same for each.
How will I notice insufficient collagen production?
Signs of insufficient collagen production could include:
- Noticeable hollowing in and around your eyes and cheekbones.
- Sagging skin
- Weakening muscles
- Body aches and stiffness
What damages collagen?
- Eating sweets and refined sugars
- UV and blue light from computers, tablets and screens, and excess sun exposure.
- Stress: the stress hormone cortisol effectively reduces collagen production and can even affect bone density.
- Other factors: smoking, alcohol, toxic food and recreational drug use.
Which nutrients are critical to collagen production?
- Foods high in Proteins like Proline and Glycine
- Food high in Vitamin C
- Foods high in Methyl Sulfur compounds
- Foods high in Silica* and other trace minerals
- Foods high in Polyphenols**
*Silica stimulates fibroblasts to make procollagen and also help strengthen the connective tissues that keep them flexible and mobile.
**Dark super fruits help build the extracellular matrix of collagen and elastin.
Pea protein is an optimal source for the pre-formed amino acids necessary for collagen production.
When we’re young, 20% of our body mass is composed of collagen and as we age, it becomes more difficult to maintain.
Over time, the collagen that holds us all together begins to deplete. Without proper nutrition, the collagen layer can decrease by as much as 50%.
Purium’s plant-based Collagen pack is the answer for anyone interested in looking younger and living a healthier lifestyle!
The formulas Dark Berry Protein and Renew Hair, Skin, and Nails, have been scientifically formulated – and work together – to help reverse the results of depleted collagen. Show your age? Why? Turn back the clock with Purium.
Watch Dave’s Deep Dive
Want to learn even more details, straight from our Product Formulator and Purium Co-Founder?
Want to watch Dave Sandoval’s Products & Passion Zoom, devoted to Dark Berry and the Collagen pack? Watch by clicking here.