How Collagen Helps You Radiate

What is collagen?

Collagen is the largest protein in the body, making up about 30-35% of the total protein. Collagen is in every tissue of the body and is the connective tissue in structures such as skin, hair, nails, bones, lungs, heart and liver. It is often referred to as the glue that holds the body together, it's name is derived from the Greek word for glue "Kolla". As the most abundant protein in the human body, it creates the structure for the skin through amino acids that maintain skin elasticity and help create a healthy glow. As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, causing the typical signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. Other lifestyle factors — like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure — also contribute to depleting collagen levels.

What does collagen do exactly?

Smoother, more hydrated skin

Skin and connective tissue contain special cells called fibroblasts that manufacture collagen. They can crank it out as long as they have plenty of glycine, proline, hydroxyproline. The best way to get those amino acids is hydrolyzed collagen, which has been broken down so it’s more bioavailable.

Hydrolyzed collagen:

  • Improves skin elasticity.

  • Decreases skin cracking.

  • Helps smooth out wrinkles.

  • Increases fibroblast density, a marker of healthy, elastic skin.

  • Increases skin moisture.

Stronger joints

Collagen can also strengthen joints, increasing their resilience. Several studies have found that taking hydrolyzed collagen decreases joint pain after exercise and increases the density of cartilage, making joints more flexible.

Collagen is also a great hack for endurance athletes, particularly if the preferred exercise is tough on joints. Long-distance running is the worst offender. Most sports take their toll, as can heavy lifting.

Faster recovery

Collagen is the main protein the body recruits to help build everything from the connective tissue in skin to the tendons that attach muscles to bone. It works well for several reasons:

  • Collagen forms a flexible matrix, covering new tissue while still allowing it to move. It acts as a sort of scaffold that holds everything together so other cells can rebuild.

  • It helps keep tissue clean.

  • It can assimilate with surrounding tissue, helping to bring pieces of tissue together.

Marine collagen vs. Land animal collagen

Marine collagen, extracted from fish skin and scales, is recognized as the safest source of collagen. It is free of all possible toxins and diseases linked to collagen derived from land animals. We source our collagen exclusively from sustainably farmed fish as opposed to bovine (beef) or poultry (chicken) due to its superior bioavailability (amount that your body actually digests and absorbs). Because of this, it is considered the best type of collagen for your hair, skin and nails.

Hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides are collagen amino acid strands that have been broken down into a smaller molecular size for easy absorption. In this state, case studies have shown 95% of the collagen strands are absorbed within the first 12 hours. Additionally, since collagen peptides are known to stimulate fibroblast cells (these make up the structure of the skin), effects are long-term in helping to promote collagen production naturally within the body.

Why choose HEYFRIDA?

As a young active woman with a lot going on, it's not always easy to make sure you take all the supplements you should be taking. With our bars, we create an easy, efficient and healthy way to take your collagen supplement. Our formula was carefully selected to improve skin elasticity and hydration, increase internal collagen production and support anti-inflammatory benefits.¹ We take extreme pride in our diligent research and taste-testing to make sure we are using the very best of every ingredient we put into our product.

 

¹ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Tessa Wanders