Collagen: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Posted by BEATRICE BOURNE
We are fast approaching that favourite time of the year. Christmas is a time to relax and celebrate with our friends and family.
At NYME Nordic we want to offer you a small Christmas gift. We are giving away 7-day collagen packs with free UK delivery. This is an exciting and special offer. Collagen is our gift to you. We are offering free 7-day samples (with free postage) and all you have to do is add the following code to your basket: CHRISTMAS
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN?
WHY ARE COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS SO POPULAR?
Collagen first appeared in skin creams, serums and facemasks. However, collagen is not naturally found on the skin’s surface, so it can be challenging to comment on the effectiveness of such products. Collagen is actually found in the deeper layers of skin.
Today, collagen is a popular dietary supplement due to its anti-ageing properties and positive effects on joints. The demand for collagen has skyrocketed across the globe because collagen increases the elasticity of skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Marine collagen, sourced from fish, is the best type of collagen for skin, because it contains a large proportion of Type I collagen.
Collagen is produced by our own bodies, but collagen levels decrease with age and environmental factors.
"Collagen makes up 70% of our skin"
Collagen is a protein and makes up 30% of all protein in our bodies and 70% of our skin. Collagen is produced by our bodies and adds structure and strength to our skin, organs, bones, tendons and ligaments. It contains three key amino acids: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, all of which play an important role in our bodies.
There are a few factors which lead to a decrease in collagen levels. From around the age of 25, we start losing collagen. Smoking, alcohol, processed foods, sugar, the menopause and exposure to UV lights (tanning), can all lead to reduced levels of collagen. When sitting in the sun, wear sunscreen or limit the amount of time spent in direct sunlight. It is worth noting that 10-20 minutes in direct midday sunlight 3-4 times a week provides adequate vitamin D for most people. Stress which can lead to chronically high cortisol levels may decrease collagen production.
Some people are good at preparing and eating collagen rich foods and leading a healthy lifestyle. However, some people choose to use a collagen supplement.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN OPTIMAL COLLAGEN LEVELS?
The good news is that there are options available to boost collagen synthesis. Changes to your diet and/or adding a quality collagen supplement, are the most popular solutions.
When thinking about changing your diet, focus on a diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods. Collagen-boosting foods can help to protect your skin, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Please remember that several foods contain collagen, however, it’s unknown whether these foods offer the same benefits as supplements.
Bone broth is increasing in popularity and is readily available in supermarkets. It is promoted as a health food rich in this protein. Many people decide to make bone broth at home. All that is needed for this process is animal bones, water, vinegar and lots of time!
The animal bones have to be simmered in water with a small amount of vinegar for 4 to 24 hours. The vinegar is supposed to help dissolve the bone and release the collagen and minerals. The amount of amino acids released varies depending on the type of bones and the cooking process.
"Marine Collagen Type I is best for skin"
Make sure you have a diet rich in Vitamin A and C, both of which are great for an internal collagen boost. Foods rich in these vitamins include: citrus fruits, berries, tropical fruit, eggs and garlic. In addition, make sure that you eat enough protein (meat, fish, eggs, greek yoghurt), as amino acids are critical for collagen synthesis.
The amino acids required for the synthesis are: glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline.
Examples of high-protein sources include fish, chicken, seafood and lean cuts of beef and pork. It is worth remembering that a high intake of red meat is not recommended by most health professionals, as part of a long-term healthy and environmentally sustainable diet.
A practical option is to drink NYME COLLAGEN+, which contains 10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen (sourced from fish). Our products also contain: hyaluronic acid, 6 vitamins and 5 minerals. Hydrolysation ensures that this important protein is broken into smaller molecules, which makes it easier for the body to absorb.
We all know that it is difficult to avoid certain foods during the festive season, especially if you are thinking about boosting your collagen. Foods to be avoided are: processed biscuits, cookies, crackers, breakfast cereal, pasta, bread and baked goods, which contain sugar and chemicals.
Collagen and Wellness from Within
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS?
Collagen supplements are generally well tolerated, with few reported side effects. Some collagen supplements are made from common food allergens, such as fish, shellfish, and eggs. People with allergies to these foods should avoid collagen supplements. Please read all labels. NYME COLLAGEN+ is sourced from fish and should not be taken by people with fish or shellfish allergies. Collagen supplements appear to be safe for most people.
Collagen is a protein which is produced by our bodies. As with all supplements, we recommend that you read the instructions for use before starting your collagen journey.
It has been reported that people have had mild stomach cramps, when they have taken too much collagen. Most research uses collagen concentrations of 10,000mg, which is exactly the dose we use in NYME COLLAGEN+.
We would also advice you to speak to your GP or midwife before taking any type of supplement, including collagen, if you are pregnant or nursing. At NYME we would also suggest this if you are planning to get pregnant.
NYME COLLAGEN+ is halal friendly, because it contains collagen from fish. There are no traces of any other animal proteins.
We wish you a Merry Christmas with your friends and family. We hope that you enjoy our small present of NYME COLLAGEN+. The 7-day sample will certainly be enough for you to taste the delicious and natural strawberry taste. We are confident that you will love the taste.
All you need to do is to log onto our website.
Use the code: CHRISTMAS and we will take care of the rest.