[Global] Many people are now looking for natural sources of collagen so they can reap its benefits and the benefits are many! As the most abundant protein in our body, collagen is important for:
- Fighting signs of aging like wrinkles
- Improving joint health
- Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Boosting metabolism
- Improving mental health
- Reducing the appearance of cellulite
- Strengthening hair and nails
In the body, collagen is mostly found in the skin, bones, and joints. It also is found in the lining of the gut. We now know that gut health is incredibly important for overall health!
Collagen in the body is made up of amino acids which wrap together to make a triple-helix structure. The helix structure is why collagen is so strong.
The amino acids which make up collagen are:
- Glycine: Makes up about 33% of collagen
- Proline: Makes up about 10% of collagen
- Hydroxyproline: Makes up about 10% of collagen
- Hydroxylysine: Makes up about 1% of collagen (1, 2)
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae which is really popular as a health supplement. In addition to containing lots of iron, a single teaspoon of Spirulina contains more glycine and proline than a large egg white.
Spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and it is a powerful protein source for vegans and vegetarians. Remember, collagen is a protein, made up of amino acids; Spirulina’s composition is around 65% amino acids, making it a must-have in any collagen-promoting program. Add a scoop of it to your morning smoothie and support your collagen with a great, vegan protein source.
Why you need collagen?
Our bodies are able to make collagen out of amino acids we consume through food. However, as we age, our bodies aren’t able to produce collagen as well. Thus, around the age of 30, collagen production begins to diminish by about 1% to 2% yearly. By the age of 40, we have lost 10% to 20% of our collagen!
Don’t forget that our bodies first need to have amino acids to produce collagen. If you are eating a diet which is lacking in those crucial amino acids, your body won’t be able to produce enough collagen!
To make things worse, naturally-occurring enzymes in our bodies also break down collagen. Environmental factors like pollution, free radicals, and the sun can also break down collagen.
Although the sun-protective benefits of spirulina are still new to science, the ingredient holds promise for sunscreens of the future. Like other algae, spirulina also balances skin’s natural pH, preventing irritation and infection. You’ll find it in a variety of facial products, such as masks, cleansers, and moisturizers.
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