Friday, 1 August 2014


Wow, it’s August already and as usual, the hot endless summer weather has given way to rain the moment schools break up.  Still, the garden needed a bit of water, didn't it!
The garden isn't the only thing in need of lubrication as time goes on however.  Collagen production in our bodies diminishes with age, and the result?  Creaky knees and wrinkly skin.  It’s easy to see the difference when you look at a juicy, newborn baby with all their collagen intact – even the soles of their feet are plump, for heavens’ sake.
Skin Health
The collagen that is present in skin is responsible for the cohesion and resistance to damage, effectively cushioning the skin and making it both firmer and more elastic.  Collagen fibres provide the bulk of the tissues found in the skin (70%) and accounts for 90% of the volume. Collagen production by the human body decreases from the age of 25 at a rate of approximately 1.5% per year and it is this slowing down of production coupled with the natural degradation that explains the appearance of wrinkles, dryness and thinning of the skin. 
Talking of skin, have you ever wondered why you get wrinkles on your face but hardly anywhere else on your body?  Most people know that over-exposure to UV light is one of the reasons why skin ages prematurely, but few realise that’s because UV is thought to deplete skin collagen.  It’s no wonder then, that your face and hands are often the first parts of your body to succumb to the signs of ageing.
Joint Health
Collagen found in our joint tissues (type II) is the primary structural protein of cartilage which ultimately provides flexibility and support to the joints. Ageing and wear and tear of the joints combine to effectively reduce the amount of collagen present in the joints and therefore replacing the lost raw ingredients for healthy joint construction is vital to the long term maintenance of healthy joint tissue.
Unfortunately, as we are no longer partial to eating the parts of animals and fish which contain collagen (ie the bones, tendons and skin – nice!), it is not likely that we can get enough in our diet to make much difference.  The best way to make sure you get enough collagen is therefore through taking a supplement.

Natures Aid’s Collagen comes in capsules, containing marine type II collagen together with the skin supporting nutrients vitamin C, zinc, copper, riboflavin, niacin and biotin.  This is the type of collagen mostly found in tendons, ligaments and skin, and is also abundant in corneas cartilage, bones and intervertebral discs.
There are no known contraindications or interactions with other drugs, but as it is a marine sourced product it is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

To BUY Natures Aid Collagen please click here: Natures Aid Collagen; If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500.

By Randi Henderson, 
Elixir Health Foods

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