Feeling beautiful has a lot to do with what appears on the outside. But feeling beautiful begins with being healthy on the inside. When one of the primary building blocks of health, such as collagen type 1 & 3, is on the decline, it makes sense that feelings of wellness and beauty will also decrease.
Collagen Types 1 & 3 for Hair, Skin, Nails, and Bones
Collagen Type 1 & 3 comprise 90% of all the collagen made in the body. Collagen Type 1 & 3 include proteins in the form of amino acids which make up hair, skin, nail and bones. Collagen in hair contributes to hair thickness, reduces hair loss, and improves elasticity. The collagen in skin gives it a smooth, firm appearance. It helps prevent weak or broken nails and is a part of the repair process for split nails or damaged nail beds.
Collagen is something to consider adding to your collection of standard nutritional supplements. It’s a vital part of supporting what we see and don’t see – especially when the signs of aging begin to appear. Thinning hair, and fine lines and wrinkles are just a small sign that your collagen supplies are shrinking. Like the breakdown of mortar between bricks, eventually the elements can lead to a need to rebuild the walls with a fresh supply of the stuff that holds the bricks together and in place.
Considering that one third of your body’s protein comes from collagen, and that collagen production steadily decreases after the age of 25—taking your daily dose of collagen is just as important (if not more so) than your multivitamin. By age 40, collagen production is down by 25% and by age 60, it’s down by 50%. In addition to age, lifestyle choices like consuming high amounts of sugar, exposure to environmental factors (smoke and unfiltered sunlight), and chronic stress can also deplete collagen reserves.
As with the spectrum of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in your multivitamin, it is possible to get some of your collagen from food. But if you want to be sure you’re getting an adequate amount of collagen, as well as the correct type, taking a high-quality, bio-available Collagen Type 1 & 3 is important.
Collagen Type 1 & 3 is also vital in the repair and maintenance of connective tissues. This improves elasticity in tendons and ligaments, increases circulation, and adds to visual improvements such as the promotion of wound healing.†
Of course, what we see makes the bigger impression, but knowing that collagen is working to nourish factors of both inner and outer beauty makes us feel even better.
Why Internal Collagen Type 1 & 3 Supplements?
Supplementing with collagen has been shown to, “increase skin hydration by 28%, decrease micro-furrows by 26%, and increase skin suppleness by 19% – NeoCell Products and Tips
Though there are topical collagen treatments, taking an internal collagen supplement can increase the amount of collagen the body produces. As collagen particles mimic the natural collagen already in the body, they stimulate and replenish the need to make more collagen. Continual supplementation provides this stimulation after created collagen is lost as part of the natural collagen generation and breakdown cycle.
Because Collagen Type 1 & 3 must be formulated in a way that the body can assimilate it, a factor to consider is collagen absorption. Not all collagen sources are easily assimilated by the body. High-quality collagen comes from natural animal sources and is hydrolyzed for maximum absorption and bioavailability.
Supplementing with Collagen Type 1 & 3 may:
- Improve youthful, vibrant overall appearance
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles1
- Strengthen and add shine to hair and nails
- Fortify connective tissues and the skin matrix
What about topical collagen treatments?
Though skin creams and gels may offer temporary visible benefits, added ingredients and the collagen used generally only go skin deep. The cell makeup of topical treatments is too large to go deeper and do not encourage the body to produce more collagen as a result.
The better option is to take collagen Type 1 & 3 as an internal supplement, where the tiny fragments are absorbed and help to stimulate new collagen as a part of the collagen regeneration cycle. Regular intake of quality collagen as a supplement will keep this cycle going and offset the normal depletion of collagen that happens with age and exposure to outside elements.
Where Does Collagen Come From?
When using a collagen supplement, the source and formulation of collagen is important. Collagen is extracted from animals such as cows and chickens. The healthier the animal source, the higher quality collagen can be extracted. Since our natural collagen is found in our skin, ligaments, and joint cartilage, it makes sense to retrieve supplemental collagen from those same sources in animals.
The amino acids that make up the protein in collagen can only come from animals. This means that there is not a vegetarian source of collagen available. Collagen that comes from grass-fed, free-range cows not treated with hormones or antibiotics is the best known source for skin and bone health.
Ingredients that Work with Collagen Type 1 & 3
There are several ingredients that may be included along with collagen in various types of collagen supplements. Depending on your reasons for taking collagen, choose the combination that closely matches your desired results.
Vitamin C is Key – Collagen Types 1 & 3 amino acid proteins are produced by specific cells called fibroblasts and osteoblasts. Fibroblast cells (collagen Type 1) make up connective tissues such as skin and ligaments, while osteoblast cells (collagen Type 3) make up bones. Vitamin C has been shown to promote production of normal human fibroblasts, thus leading to skin strength and density, and enhancing the extracellular matrix to improve collagen absorption.2
Hyaluronic Acid Hydrates – Hyaluronic Acid (HA) increases skin’s moisture by holding in water at the cellular level. Just one HA molecule holds 1000 molecules of water! This complements the efforts of collagen as it rebuilds the fibers that make up tissues. We see the opposite of his occur when we suspect dehydration due to evidence of dry, loose skin. Think of HA as making the difference between a grape and a raison. HA may also assist in maintaining adequate levels of fluid in the joints and helps to lubricate eyes.†
Biotin Builds Strength – As an essential B vitamin, the addition of biotin in collagen products supports hair health by increasing thickness and shine. It also promotes strong, smooth nails.
Alpha Lipoic Acid Protection – In addition to the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) provides defense against free radical damage or other outside offenders such as unfiltered sunlight or environmental toxins. It also assists with the formation of skin and reduces signs of redness or irritation.†
Collagen Type 1 & 3 Supplements
If you’re already seeing and experiences signs of collagen depletion or if you’re over age 40 and not already taking supplements that include Vitamin C or Hyaluronic Acid, choose a supplement containing all the ingredients necessary for collagen production, hydration, and protection. Or choose the form of collagen that will be most convenient. The Collagen Type 1 & 3 supplements from NeoCell come in powder, tablets, or chews to suit your preference. Take on an empty stomach or with fruit juice and an amino-acid based protein for maximum effectiveness.
The advanced enzymatic hydrolyzation process used to make Super Collagen + C bio-available supports research suggesting that bioavailable oral collagen peptides can decrease visible signs of aging while supporting the skin matrix.3 Available in tablets. Free of soy and dairy. Gluten-free and non-GMO.
Super Collagen Powder contains Super Collagen Types 1 & 3, which make up 90% of the body’s collagen supply. May support skin, hair, nail, ligament, tendon, bone, and muscle health. Add powder to water or juice and blend.
A single scoop of Beauty Infusion contains 6,000 mg of highly absorbable Collagen Type 1 & 3, plus 50mg of hyaluronic acid for hydration, and alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C for antioxidant and collagen production support, and biotin for strong hair and nails. One scoop dissolves easily in a glass of water and contains all the nutrients you’ll need in a day for that natural, healthy, youthful glow. Soy and Gluten-Free.
Stimulate the cycle of collagen production with Derma Matrix Skin Complex and 6,000mg of BioActive NeoCell Collagen™, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C-protection from amla fruit extract and ascorbic acid. Dissolves instantly in water or add to your favorite juice or smoothie recipe. Does not contain soy or dairy. Gluten-Free and non-GMO.
When the thought of taking another pill is hard to swallow, Beauty Bursts Collagen Chews are the answer. Great tasting and even addicting (in a good way), take two chews a day for the three-fold beneficial combination of hydrolyzed collagen Type 1 & 3, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C. Free of dairy, soy, and yeast. Gluten-Free.
- Benefits of collagen for healthy skin http://wellnessmama.com/60867/benefits-of-collagen
- Effect of vitamin C and its derivatives on collagen synthesis and cross-linking by normal human fibroblasts http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1467-2494.1998.171747.x/abstract
- Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology http://www.karger.com/article/fulltext/351376
- Synthesis and degradation pathways, functions, and pathology of ceramides and epidermal acyl ceramides https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27107674