What is the function of Collagen?
Again to quote Medical News Today –
“Various cells manufacture Collagen, but the majority by connective tissue cells.”
Collagen exists in the extracellular matrix. These are a complex network of macromolecules. A macromolecule is a molecule containing a large number of atoms. They determine the physical properties of body tissue
With age, collagen weakens, leading to wrinkles and cartilage problems.
In the middle layer of the skin (dermis), collagen helps form a fibrous network of cells. These are fibroblasts, upon which new cells can grow. It also plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.
Some collagen also acts as a protective covering for delicate organs in the body, such as the kidneys.
With age, the body produces less collagen. The structural integrity of the skin declines. Wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens.
Women experience a dramatic reduction in collagen synthesis after menopause. By the age of 60 years, a considerable decline in collagen production is normal.
So how can we slow the loss of collagen – or aid its production?
You can supplement your diet by eating fish, particularly tuna, salmon, sardines. Fish oil supplements, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin A are also recommended. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin A also works on free radicals, both of which can prevent loss or degradation of collagen.”
Can some procedures boost Collagen production?
Collagen injections can assist in smoothing skin contours and filling out wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers containing collagen may remove lines and wrinkles from the face. These fillers are usually extracted from humans and cows. It is advisable to undertake skin tests for allergy reaction before use.
Do Collagen boosting Creams work?