Over time, the ideal levels of collagen our bodies naturally produce begins to wane. Collagen fibres break down or no longer regenerate, and lead to a “deflation” effect on the surface of the skin. The diminishing effects of reduced collagen are less obvious and often go unnoticed or are considered “normal” for the aging process. Research indicates that by the age of 40, the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases by 25%. By age 60, it has decreased by over 50%. Despite being made up of non-essential amino acids, the supply of ideal levels of naturally occurring collagen cannot meet the demand. Though it is possible to obtain extra collagen through diet (consuming animal products such as gelatinous meats, the cartilage on bones such as chicken drumsticks, and skin from poultry), some may find it unappealing or difficult to eat enough to support their body’s requirements. Collagen Makes up 50-60% of protein in cartilage. Makes up 85-90% of collagen in articular cartilage. Collagen supplements are appropriate and beneficial for adults of all ages. Hydrolyzed collagen supplements are recognised as the best for absorption.
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