The health benefits of collagen powder*
Collagen has long been important in the beauty industry – it occurs naturally as the most abundant protein in the human body and is a natural building block for muscles, bones, skin and cartilage. Lots of beauty products nowadays contain collagen as a key ingredient, one of my favourites is Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Collagen fillers are also available as injections to treat minor imperfections in the face like scarring and wrinkles and can be injected to create fuller lips and cheeks. Not only can beauty products help boost your collagen but supplements like collagen powder can help too.
Collagen is essential for the skin as it helps to retain moisture and promote smoothness, firmness and elasticity. In the body it helps maintain the musculoskeleton, protects the joints, rebuilds tissues like ligaments, tendons and bones, and increases strength, muscle mass and bone density. Basically – it does pretty much everything!
The body’s collagen begins to deplete as we get older and factors like smoking, a poor diet and sun exposure can increase the levels and rate of depletion. Collagen powders are suitable for all ages and help care for your skin and joints. The powders can be added to juice or water. I usually take my supplements in the morning as that way, it’s easy to incorporate into your routine.
If you’re interested in trying collagen powder, there is a fantastic new range available from Hellenia.co.uk. They’re available in three different flavours – orange, berry and natural – and they are formulated using Naticol, a type 1 hydrolised marine collagen, from a natural and sustainable source. It’s also GMO free, fat free, carbohydrate free, preservative free and purine free. Each flavour is specially formulated and tailored to specific needs – orange is for older people, berry is especially for the skin and natural is great for people who do a lot of sport or working out.