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What Does Collagen Do and How to Reduce Collagen Loss

Sunmay International | Updated: Sep 18, 2017
Source: Admin

What Does Collagen Do?

Collagen is secreted by various cells, but mainly by connective tissue cells.

It is found in the extracellular matrix. This is an intricate network of macromolecules that determines the physical properties of body tissues. A macromolecule is a molecule containing a large number of atoms.

In the dermis, or the middle layer of skin, collagen helps form a fibrous network of cells called fibroblasts, upon which new cells can grow. It also plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.

Some collagens act as protective coverings for delicate organs in the body, such as the kidneys.

With age, the body produces less collagen. The structural integrity of the skin declines. Wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens.

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Women experience a dramatic reduction in collagen synthesis after menopause.

By the age of 25 years, a slide decline in collagen production begins among most of people.

By the age of 60 years, a considerable decline in collagen production is normal.

What Damages Collagen?

Some factors can deplete the levels of collagen within the body. Avoiding them could keep the skin healthy for longer.

-High sugar consumption

-Smoking

-Sunlight

-Autoimmune disorders

Avoiding tobacco and excess sun exposure and following a healthful dietary and exercise regime can help reduce visible aging and protect collagen, keeping the skin, bones, muscles, and joints healthy for longer.

Attention:

Many products containing collagen, including creams and powders, claim to revitalize the skin by increasing collagen levels within the body.

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This is unlikely, however, as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.

Any benefit is probably due to the moisturizing effects of these products. They do not directly increase collagen.

The aging process causes collagen levels to deplete naturally over time. There is no way to prevent this.

Such treatments are also not classified as drugs, so any claims regarding their efficacy do not need to be scientifically proven. Caution is advised when using these products.

Reduce Collagen Loss

RF Radio Frequency can help to lift the face and tighten the skin, as it can stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin.

A healthful diet can help the body produce collagen.

Nutrients that may support collagen formation include:

Proline: In egg whites, meat, cheese, soy, and cabbage.

Anthocyanidins: In blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries.

Vitamin C: In oranges, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli.

Copper: In shellfish, nuts, red meat, and some drinking water.

Vitamin A: Occurring in animal-derived foods and in plant foods as beta-carotene.

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