Collagen products are popping up in stores left, right and centre. However, few of us really understand what collagen is, how it benefits us, and how best to get enough. We’ve got the inside scoop so get your pens and pencils ready!
The science and benefits
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins found in the body and is super important in providing structural support, including within bones, joints and muscles (Avila Rodriguez et al. 2018). Thus, to keep our bodies strong and at their best, collagen is vital. The main reason why collagen is receiving so much attention recently is because oral supplement research is also suggesting it’s got the potential to support skin structure and elasticity (Avila Rodriguez et al. 2018).
Collagen production can be enhanced or inhibited by several factors. For example, smoking can be detrimental, whereas vitamin C is essential for supporting collagen production (Borumand & Sibilla 2015). Our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally declines with age, so ensuring we consume enough as we get older may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keep skin’s elasticity, among other benefits (Borumand & Sibilla 2015).
To naturally boost your intake, eat a combination of protein-rich foods, such as beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products. If you’re vegan, seek advice from a registered nutritionist. Remember, collagen production in the body also requires vitamin C, so be sure to consume plenty of citrus fruits, berries and leafy greens.
A convenient way to consume collagen is also through food supplements. Find collagen in tablets, powder or protein shakes. However, these can be pretty pricey and quality varies greatly between products.
Swisse Me have combined the delicious taste of natural food with the ease of supplements in our products. For example, our Boost Me Collagen Jelly Sticks feature 500mg of Fish Collagen, combined with Vitamin C, Grape seed and Orange peel extract to support beauty from within. Meanwhile, mouth-watering Manuka and Aloe Vera add flavour and enhance the nutritional benefits of these handbag-sized saviours.
We believe in the benefits of collagen as far as to create not one, but two new products. Let us introduce you to our refreshing and juicy Boost Me Collagen Shots! These travel-sized beauties contain 5g of Collagen plus Blood Orange per 30ml bottle. Small but mighty. This just leaves the question; which one will you try first?
Avila Rodriguez, M.I., Rodriguez Barroso, L.G. and Sánchez, M.L., 2018. Collagen: A review on its sources and potential cosmetic applications. Journal of cosmetic dermatology, 17(1), pp.20-26.
Borumand, M. and Sibilla, S., 2015. Effects of a nutritional supplement containing collagen peptides on skin elasticity, hydration and wrinkles. Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals, 4(1), p.47.