Like many things in the body, collagen production is greatly affected by our age and hormones. As we get older, our collagen production slows down, which is why finding supplements like Copina Co.’s Collagen Boosting Blends can help support your body’s natural production even when it begins to slow down.*
Menopause, which often begins about a year after you have had your last period, can greatly affect your body’s hair, skin, and nails. Your hormone levels change greatly during menopause, which can make your skin texture change and dry out and hair thin.
If you want to take a look at how menopause affects your collagen production and how supplementation can help, you’ve come to the right place.
What is Happening During Menopause?
Menopause is a time in a person who menstruates life when there is often a lot of internal change occurring. Some who undergo it have a lot of symptoms and others breeze through the change.
Some of these changes might be:
- Hot flashes
- Losing a period (always occurs)
- Trouble sleeping
- Pain during intercourse
- Mood changes
These symptoms can occur in the years leading up to the stage of menopause and are called the “menopausal transition”. This often happens between the ages of 45-55. Some go through the transition for 7 years and others for 14, many of which vary from person to person. During this transition time is when the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone will begin to vary.
Menopause can also be triggered by a hysterectomy or surgical removal of ovaries, which produces hormones naturally.
We are not medical professionals, if you believe you might be going through a menopausal transition time or are postmenopausal please consult with your doctor.
How Does This Affect Internal Collagen Production?
We’ve talked about how important collagen is to our hair, skin, and nails- but collagen overall is incredibly important to the body. It is one of the most abundant proteins in our body and is linked to vibrant health.
As we age, collagen naturally begins to weaken and break down. Naturally, our body stops making as much and as quickly as it used to. You can feel it in your skin, hair, nails, and joints. This degradation of our natural process can begin around 25-30, but at a really slow rate. For people with ovaries, menopause is when a lot of collagen loss occurs. 30% of skin collagen is lost within five years after menopause and it will continue to decline about 2% with each additional year. This is often linked to the loss of estrogen.
How Menopause Affects your Skin, Hair, and Nails
As you enter menopause, you may begin to notice your skin has begun drying out, has thinned, and is not as elastic or full. This can be due to the dip in collagen loss due to hormonal changes in the body. The slow decline is often sped up by the natural internal changes going on within your body.
How Collagen Supplementation Helps During & Post-Menopause
Vegan vs Animal
Many studies online and in academic journals talk about collagen peptides, which is much different than our Vegan Collagen Boosters. Our Vegan Collagen Boost Blends help naturally support your internal collagen production through plants.* Collagen peptides are complete proteins sourced from animal products like fish scales, animal hides, bones, and other parts of the animal that have collagen present in them. When digested, the collagen is broken down into amino acids, and then absorbed and used to produce either collagen or other proteins, depending on what your body needs.
The consumption of animal vs plant-based collagen supports has a wide variety of differences, take a look at which one is right for you on our blog.
As you age you might notice your nails break more frequently or are more brittle. This is linked to your collagen production. Supporting your collagen levels can help your nails grow longer while strengthening their nail beds. Our collagen supports have some of the best vegan nail supplements available like biotin and bamboo leaf extract.*
Some of our plant-based ingredients that can help you with your nail health are:
- Bamboo Leaf Extract: Silica-rich bamboo has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese herbal medicine for centuries as a remedy to heal skin ailments, relieve congestion, promote bone health, and more.*
- Biotin: important for strengthing and helping nails grow.
Due to the natural loss your body is experiencing, it can be beneficial to begin taking collagen support. Supplementing during your menopausal transition phase can help support your body’s natural collagen production*. If you didn’t, no worries. Our vegan collagen supports can still begin to help support your body at any age.
As we have mentioned before, we have some great ingredients within our blends to help your skin’s collagen but overall, just helps your skin!
- Tremella Mushroom Extract: This superfood has historically been used to help boost skin hydration over time after being consumed.* The mushroom’s ability to hold water, as well as its nutrient properties, make it a skincare powerhouse.
- Hyaluronic Acid: It’s also been shown to help smooth wrinkles, boost elasticity, help with skin firmness and boost skin radiance.*
It is always important to take note when going through changes in your body. Going through menopause you’ll notice hair breakage and thinning. There are a variety of ways to help stimulate hair growth and to help with scalp health, but the main reason why there is a loss of hair is due to your estrogen levels. Although Copina Co. does not work with hormone levels, keeping your collagen levels healthy can help your hair growth in the future.
Here are two of our great ingredients that can help strengthen and grow your hair:
- Biotin: critical for the daily use of fats, carbohydrates, amino acids (like in collagen), and energy (ATP).*
- Amla Berry: has been traditionally used as a general tonic both topically and internally as a coolant to moderate excess heat and inflammation in the body and also to increase vitality, enhance digestion, stimulate hair growth, and promote longevity.*
If you want to take a further look into how Copina Co. specific blends can help with your hair, skin, and nails, take a look at the results from our Consumer Survey!
When going through your menopausal transition and entering menopause, it is important to find the support of your doctor or a medical professional to manage any symptoms or hormonal changes you are going through.
If you want to learn fun ways you can use our Vegan Collagen Boosting Blends, take a look at our latte and drink recipes!