Collagen: secret to the “fountain of youth”

KELETSO THOBEGA
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Tyra banks swears by collagen Tyra banks swears by collagen

Apart from looking gorgeous, healthy looking skin signifies good health. But as people age, their skin loses elasticity and suppleness. That is where collagen comes in. Collagen has been the entire rave for several years. International celebrities such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tyra Banks and Nicki Minaj, among others are said to swear by collagen supplements.

Collagen is reportedly an abundant protein and a component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles in the body, and is known for strengthening the bones and keeping skin supple and self-healing. From an aesthetic perspective, collagen provides the skin with structure.

Collagen is viewed as a “miracle” supplement because it can relieve joint pains in elders, and also improve their skin health. As we age, the collagen levels in our system decrease and the skin cannot repair itself fast and also loses elasticity and suppleness.  The collagen supplement available here, which is powdery and has a palatable taste, is mixed with water or yoghurt and taken twice a day.

The collagen also has psylium husk, which is known for cleansing the colon, so it has multiple benefits, says Chronicles Health shop, Director, One Minkie Sabone during an earlier visit to the Rail Park Store. She has lost a considerable amount of weight through Banting and has the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of herself in the store.

She also offers advise on lifestyle changes and supplements as she also uses them. Sabone says that intake of collagen improves the skin’s hydration and elasticity, which keeps wrinkles and dry skin at bay. Most collagen supplements are broken down and therefore easier to absorb in the system.

She points out that some people are wary of supplements but they do help in maintaining good health, beauty and youthfulness. “We all age but it should not be a negative experience; you can still be fit, healthy and look good even when you are older. Supplements help you help yourself feel and look better particularly if complemented with a healthy diet and regular exercise.” **NB – If you have any medical conditions, it is advisable to consult your doctor before using supplements.

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