The Importance of Collagen
Our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally slows down from the age of 20 yrs old.
Supplementation through our diet is required to maintain collagen structures of skin, muscles, bones, tendons and cartilage. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body (approx. 30%) and up to 80% of skin!
This makes it the second most abundant substance behind water.
CEN Collagen for Women Benefits
Skin Elasticity & Repair
From the age of 20, natural collagen production decreases within the body by approximately 10% each decade. (1,2)
Collagen is a protein that aids in the elasticity of the skin, maintaining volume and a youthful appearance.
CEN Collagen includes both Type I and Type III collagen which maintains skin elasticity. Type III is vital for the function of fibroblasts which together aid in elastin production.
Both Types I and III collagen are also fundamental in wound healing and overall skin health. (3)
Healthy Hair & Beautiful Skin
Hair and skin are comprised predominantly of keratin. Amino acids, used by the body the create keratin, are supported by collagen Types I and III to assist in the growth of strong healthy hair. (4)
The dermis layer of the skin contains up to 70% collagen, providing a rich environment to increase the health of the papilla. The papilla is where the hair follicle starts its life cycle and where the most nutrition is gained.
Increasing the nutrition in the most influential stage of growth may assist in the reduction of hair loss.
As the production of collagen decreases post 20 years of age, wrinkles can occur due to a loss in elastin. Boosting collagen intake of Types I and III, can help preserve that “youthful glow”. (1)
Vitamin C is vital for the body to produce collagen. CEN Collagen contains a quality source of Vitamin C in the form of Sodium Ascorbate which is an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis. This form of Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate) is more bioavailable and “alkaline” for digestibility (stomach-friendly). (5)
Joint, Bone & Tendon Health
Collagen peptides have been shown to support joint health and comfort. (6,7) Improvements in joint flexibility and mobility was seen in a 2014 study involving elderly women with osteoarthritis. (8) Collagen forms approx. 90% of the organic mass of bone and tendon.
Strong & Healthy Nails
Type I and III collagen may help support nail growth and maintenance. This can provide strength and help prevent brittleness. Nail health can indicate good overall health with sufficient collagen production in the body.
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- Yang FC, Zhang Y, Rheinstädter MC. The structure of people’s hair. PeerJ. 2014;2:e619
- Hinek A, Kim HJ, Wang Y, Wang A, Mitts TF. Sodium L-ascorbate enhances elastic fibres deposition by fibroblasts from normal and pathologic human skin. J Dermatol Sci. 2014 Sep;75(3):173-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2014.05.011. Epub 2014 Jun 11. PMID: 25015208.
- Benito-Ruiz P, Camacho-Zambrano MM, Carrillo-Arcentales JN, Mestanza-Peralta MA, Vallejo-Flores CA, Vargas-López SV, et al. A randomized controlled trial on the efficacy and safety of a food ingredient, collagen hydrolysate, for improving joint comfort. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60 Suppl 2:99–113.
- Clark KL, Sebastianelli W, Flechsenhar KR, Aukermann DF, Meza F, Millard RL, et al. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008;24:1485–96.
- Jiang, J.-X & Yu, Shen & Huang, Q.-R & Zhang, X.-L & Zhang, C.-Q & Zhou, J.-L & Prawitt, Janne. (2014). Collagen peptides improve knee osteoarthritis in elderly women: A 6-month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech. 25. 19-23.