Did you know that your collagen production naturally begins to slow down at 25 years old? Especially for people that have gone through menopause, your collagen production naturally begins to produce less and less collagen despite being an important protein in our body’s system.
But in what ways can collagen supplements help me if I’m older than 25? Is it too late to start? The answer is that collagen supplementation can be beneficial in a variety of ways and it is never too late to try and help strengthen your body’s natural collagen production.
So, what do collagen supplements do for you overall? Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body. It’s a structural protein made from amino acids that are located in the bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. What makes it so cool is that it acts as a glue that holds the body together and keeps things running smoothly. Throughout the body, collagen works as a building block, keeping the joints and bones healthy and strong. It also supports the skin by strengthening, hydrating, and maintaining the elasticity it keeps your complexion looking glowy and youthful!*
As much as collagen supplements are about helping aid our skin, hair, and nails– we know there is more to the picture.
Your cartilage is what helps keep your joints strong. If your cartilage is weaker you are more prone to injuries and other joint-related pain. Some signs your collagen production has slowed down are joint pain or decreased mobility in your joints. If you are an athlete who puts a lot of wear and strain on your joints, helping aid collagen production could be beneficial as you age through college or professional sports.
One of our ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid, also has been shown to help support lubricated joints and promote joint health.* Increases in collagen levels have also been linked to improved joint health.
Your bones are also significantly impacted by collagen loss. Our bones are made up of collagen similarly to our joints, so when we age our bone mass deteriorates as our collagen production lowers.
As your bone mass deteriorates you are more affected by movements that can lead to injury. Helping boost collagen production and maintaining a calcium-rich diet can help strengthen bone mass as you age.
In a year-long study, women were given a calcium supplement with collagen and a calcium supplement without collagen daily. By the end of the study, those who had taken the collagen supplement had lower blood levels of proteins that break down bones than those who had just taken a calcium supplement.
In order to continue to keep your bones strong and healthy, collagen production support can be beneficial to help support your body’s internal chemistry.
With a healthy amount of collagen, your skin will feel more plump and bouncy. When our skin is not collagen-rich it can begin to feel hollowed out, dehydrated, or feel as though it is being pulled down.
Through ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Tremella Mushroom Extract, you can both support your skin’s natural ability to be hydrated while also supporting your body’s collagen production.* They also help with skin elasticity.*
Supporting your skin through a collagen booster like Copina Co’s can help your skin be healthy from the inside out.*
Another part of your body that is affected by collagen loss is hair. As you age, apply more heat or hair color to your hair, and experience more stress it is natural for your hair to begin thinning, having breakage, and shedding.
As we age we might notice our hair is more brittle or “fried” from our hot tools or hair dye. Using a collagen supporter can help air your hair growth and strength.
One of our powerhouse ingredients that helps with hair health is Amla berry. Amla berry happens to be an incredible antioxidant. In a 2009 study, amla berry had the strongest antioxidant activity amongst other plants and one of the highest polyphenol and tannin content.
As for its benefits on hair health, amla is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and antioxidants. These properties can help to promote circulation to the blood vessels in the scalp which helps to enhance hair regrowth and scalp health. Amla also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce scalp inflammation and the production of excess oil production.
Lastly, another benefit of collagen support as you age is nail health. Nails can go through a lot when you are using gel nails, stick-on nails, or acrylics. With less collagen production in the body to support our nail growth, nails can become weak and brittle over time.
Supporting your collagen production throughout the body will help your nails grow and decrease their brittle, weak feeling when they get long. In our formulas, we also have added vegan biotin. Biotin helps support the process of taking nutrients we eat into energy the body can use. Its function in our blends helps with your nail and hair strength.
Within our beauty blends, we use an ingredient called bamboo leaf extract which has silica. Silica from bamboo extract helps promote strong nails by supporting increased collagen production and supplementing our bodies with extra nutrients.*
Taking a vegan collagen booster like Copina Co. daily can help your body naturally produce and provide collagen to your hair, skin, and nails.* You can start taking it at 25 or 45 to help your body support and produce collagen production.
Our formulas are herbalist-approved to counteract the negative effects of collagen loss that begin as early as 25. If you want to learn more about collagen loss, take a look at “What Age Should I Start Taking Collagen”. The truth is it is never too late to start supporting your body and as you can see the benefits are both internal and externally rewarding.
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