Nutrition is thought to play an important role in skin homeostasis and health. The use of nutraceuticals or “functional foods” in skincare along with technological innovations within the food industry has been rising with validity.
A growing trend in skin care is the use of diet and oral supplements to improve the skin’s appearance and structure but is collagen supplementation effective or is it just clever marketing?
Collagen is the most abundant component of the extracellular matrix constituting 75% of skin’s dry weight. There are several factors that influence the appearance, structure and integrity of the skin that includes aging, hormones, UV radiation and diet and lifestyle. A decline in collagen, as we age, results in loss of elasticity and thickness of our skin.
A systematic review published this year looked at 11 studies with a total of 805 participants and found promising results for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplementation for wound healing and skin aging. It also concluded oral collagen supplements increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density.
More specifically, a 2014 study found that 2.5-5g of daily oral collagen supplementation for 8 weeks significantly improved skin elasticity level in elderly women. A positive association with regard to skin moisture and skin evaporation was also observed.
All studies reported collagen supplementation had no adverse events.
Not only is collagen beneficial for anti-aging, other advantages of collagen supplementation reported include; structural support in connective tissue and muscle, assists in the improvement of joint and bone health, building and restoring muscle and gut support by reducing inflammation to assist healing your gut lining and repairing leaky gut.
Jimalie’s MCT oil Powder with Collagen contains premium quality grass-fed beef collagen. This keto-friendly blend contains approximately 3g of collagen per serve.
*Medium chain triglycerides are readily absorbed by the liver for sustained energy and may assist is weight loss and increased satiety. Our MCT oil powder also contains acacia fibre, a prebiotic, to assist in gut health. This keto-friendly blend contains our original MCT oil powder in combination with grass-fed collagen.
About the Author: Victoria graduated at the Australian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Business from the Australian Catholic University. Victoria is the co-owner of Jimalie Coconut Products. More information about her on her website www.centralcoastnutritionist.com.au
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