You can’t see collagen, but it’s the essence of healthy skin, joints, and bones — it’s like the glue that holds us together. It's a protein, but no ordinary protein! Unfortunately, the body's natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25. You can only guess what this decline in collagen does to us. Yep, you got it — wrinkles, tendon injuries, and joint pain.
NeoCell is the originator and industry authority on collagen health.
Every system in our body (except the nervous system) needs healthy collagen, and it provides the strength and resilience typically associated with youth, beauty, and wellness.
#1: Improves Joint and Bone Health
When we lose collagen, our tendons and ligaments start moving with less ease, leading to stiffness, swollen joints and more.
Collagen’s gel-like, smooth structure covers and holds our bones together, allowing us to move without pain. Ingesting collagen is like greasing a creaky door hinge—it helps your joints move more easily, reduces pain often associated with aging and even reduces the risk of joint deterioration.
#2: Builds and Maintains a Healthy Gut Barrier and Supports Good Digestion
Collagen helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids.
#3: Supports Skin Health in several ways
Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally.
A study looking at the anti-aging properties of collagen found when women aged 35-55 took 2.5-5 grams of collagen hydrolysate daily for eight weeks, they saw a significant improvement in skin elasticity, skin moisture, and skin roughness, all with little to no side effects.
Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. If you’ve noticed more visible cellulite as you’ve gotten older, it’s not your imagination. It’s due to skin losing its elasticity because of decreased collagen, which makes cellulite more evident. Improving skin’s elasticity through collagen helps reduce that dimpling on your skin.
#4: Supports the Growth of Hair and Nails
Collagen might be to blame for peeling and splitting nails, so adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails strong and possibly reverse signs of hair loss.
Collagen is extremely helpful for detoxing your body of harmful substances and improving blood flow. When the liver absorbs harmful substances, toxins, or alcohol that shouldn’t be passing through it, glycine helps minimize damage caused to the liver.
How To Take Collagen
Collagen peptides are easy to add to your daily routine. If you prefer collagen in powdered form, it’s flavorless, dissolves quickly, and will not gelatinize – perfect for stirring or blending into your warm or cold beverage of choice (ie: smoothie, water, coffee, broth).
If you would rather go the supplement route, NeoCell has a variety of collagen options that are super easy to take.
Strengthen, Hydrate, and Protect your skin from within with collagen by NeoCell.
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
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