What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body, and specifically in our connective tissues. It is a major building block for our bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Collagen is primarily made up of 3 nonessential amino acids: proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline.
This protein can be sourced from chicken, cows, or fish. Though collagen is produced naturally by the body, production declines as we age (collagen decline starts around age 25) and can also be affected by factors such as:
- Poor diet
- Chronic stress
- Sun damage
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Environmental toxins
Loss of collagen can result in aging of the skin, joint pain, muscle and bone loss, and thinning hair.
What are the benefits of collagen?
Through the supply of amino acids, collagen may provide the building blocks to promote hair growth, encourage hair thickness, and reduce hair thinning.
– Skin elasticity
Many women swear by collagen supplementation to appear more youthful as this protein has been shown to improve the appearance of the skin by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen can help to keep your nails beautiful and strong. Collagen supplementation has been associated with reduced nail brittleness, increased nail growth, and decreased frequency of broken nails.
Collagen may benefit the immune system and our ability to stay healthy and fight infections as it is a key component of our tissues and organs as well as our gut. And we now know that 70% of our immune system resides in the gut! Amino acids also have an important role in keeping our immune system strong and resilient. Glycine, for example, is needed for the body to make glutathione, the master antioxidant responsible for protecting your cells from damage. This amino acid is also involved in regulating the immune response.
– Bone health
Did you know that our bones are made primarily of calcium and collagen?
An important component to bone health collagen has been shown to help increase bone mineral density and reduce bone degradation.
– Muscle mass
Collagen supplementation combined with progressive strength training has been shown to increase strength and preserve muscle mass.
– Joint pain
Collagen has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of joint pain by reducing stiffness and inflammation while improving mobility, flexibility, and recovery. It has also appeared successful in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
As mentioned, collagen is particularly rich in the amino acid, glycine. Glycine has various health benefits and functions in the body, including improved sleep. This is because glycine is a calming amino acid that has the ability to promote feelings of calm and reduced anxiety as it supports serotonin production, our happy hormone. Serotonin is also a key ingredient in melatonin production, needed for a good night’s sleep! Glycine may help you to fall asleep more easily but also reach a deeper state of sleep.
What is included in Sleeping Beauty?
Sleeping Beauty is a collagen booster, it does not contain collagen but instead, provides the building blocks for the body to make more of its own collagen.
Melatonin helps with sleep quality including helping to fall asleep sooner, stay asleep longer, restore the circadian rhythm and reduce jet lag without causing drowsiness the next day.
GABA is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. It has a natural calming effect and helps brighten our mood. GABA helps to improve the quality of sleep and even reduce the incidence of insomnia.
– Zinc Citrate
Zinc Citrate supports eye health, immune health and is known to promote healthy, youthful skin by reducing the early signs of aging (skin, wrinkles, age spots). Zinc is also helpful to heal skin lesions and reduce the severity of acne.
– Magnesium bisglycinate
Magnesium bisglycinate provides the largest dose of elemental magnesium per serving and is the easiest form for the body to absorb. It promotes restful sleep, relaxation and reduces the symptoms of stress caused by anxiety.
– Indian Gooseberry
Indian Gooseberry has high levels of vitamin C, a strong antioxidant that reduces the body’s natural aging process and boosts immunity. It is also well-reputed to prevent collagen breakdown in the skin tissue and promote hair growth by inhibiting an enzyme that causes hair loss. Indian Gooseberry is also beneficial to protect against age-related macular degeneration by improving mitochondrial health.
Lysine is an amino acid required for the formation of collagen the essential building block for healthy connective tissue. Lysine reduces the symptoms of stress by reducing cortisol and blocking receptors involved in the stress response. This important amino acid also supports calcium absorption and retention and helps boost the immune system.
– Vitamin D
Vitamin D is well known for its benefits in helping with bone formation, healthy teeth, and immune health. Vitamin D also helps in the growth and repair of cellular tissues which helps to reduce the signs of premature aging.
– Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps with vision health, supports immunity, and may help treat skin lesions and acne by helping to form new skin cells.
– Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin and cells from age-related deterioration. Vitamin C also has immune-boosting properties and is an important nutrient for collagen formation.
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