Collagen is well known for helping restore your bodies youthful appearance, but the benefits are more than skin deep. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, playing a vital role in the health of our bones, joints, muscles, gut, skin, hair and nails.
It makes up approximately 70-80% of the skin’s structure, contributing to its elasticity, firmness and overall health. Our skin is primarily made up of Type 1 Collagen, followed by Type 3 Collagen, Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid and specialised cells known as ‘Fibroblasts”, which synthesise new collagen.
In addition to improving the skin’s structural integrity, the consumption of collagen may improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture and promote the production of hyaluronic acid, a key molecule involved in dermal hydration.
Your body uses several amino acids to build keratin, the primary component of hair and nails. Proline, which is the primary amino acid used to build keratin, is one of the three non-essential amino acids found in collagen. As collagen is rich in the amino acids needed to build keratin, the consumption of collagen may contribute to the integrity and health of hair.
Choosing a supplement that contains ingredients that encourage our body’s natural production and synthesis of collagen like Beauty Bites® is important for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails.