What Is Collagen? And How Do I Keep My Collagen Healthy Well Into My Later Years?

Collagen supplements have become quite popular in recent years, as more people are beginning to understand that healthy skin depends on much more than simply applying topical medicines and skincare products. “Beauty starts from within” is a term you will hear our Zuma Nutrition team often say, as quite literally, your skin loses a layer every 30 days, with fresh layers being generated from within. We’d all love to have healthy glowing skin, and our Zuma Nutrition team is here to guide you and help you understand how you can achieve this goal by understanding how all of your body’s systems are interconnected.

So, what is collagen? We often hear this term and that its good for us... but what exactly is it?

Collagens are a family of extracellular proteins that are a key constituent in skin, and give skin its ability to move, stretch and rebound into shape—we call this skin elasticity. Collagens aren’t just in skin, but are in our glands, organs, bones, heart valves, brain, liver and lungs as well. It’s the most prevalent protein type in our body, and is crucial for healthy skin, organ function, athletic performance and so much more! After the age of 30, our body’s natural collagen production begins to slow down.

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Your body has the natural ability to create collagen in a process called collagen synthesis, but this is a delicate process that needs key building blocks and the perfect environment otherwise this process gets stopped in its tracks. 

Most of the collagen supplements you see on the shelves today come from ground up animal parts. One of the biggest red flags with animal-based collagen is the presence of contaminants like antibiotics, steroids, prescription drug metabolites, and insecticides that are still present in the tissue of the animal at slaughter. Once these contaminants enter your body, they increase oxidative stress. In addition, many of the powdered collagen supplements on the market are oxidized after sitting on shelves for months.

In addition to some of the issues with collagen supplements stated above, collagen is a finished molecule—meaning that collagen is a molecule the body produces. Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as eating collagen supplements and having this collagen absorb directly into your skin. The body cannot utilize finished molecules, so eating collagen supplements particularly often poorly mixed with sugar are ineffective.

For optimal collagen synthesis, one should feed their body the 3 key building blocks that help the body produce collagen in dosages required to do so. In addition, it is crucial that the body has low levels of inflammation in order for this delicate process to occur. Inflammation is driven by free radicals creating oxidative stress in the body. At night, our bodies repair small frays and tiny breaks in collagen cells that formed during the day. Inflammation interferes with this process, and instead of feeling recovered and rested the next morning, we wake up feeling stiff and often times exhausted. High levels of inflammation literally stop collagen synthesis in its tracks. 

Here are a few tips to lower inflammation levels in the body:

Try to avoid the following foods:


Some other causes of inflammation include: 

  • Poor sleep quality
  • High levels of stress and cortisol
  • Pollution and sun damage

To lower inflammation:

  • Make sure to eat clean, live a healthy lifestyle, limit processed foods and avoid the foods listed above
  • Increase the amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods in your diet
  • Utilize the power of herbs—we recommend using our Biodynamic Inflammation Tonic Formula

 

At Zuma, we believe that harmonizing our body’s natural processes is the key to sustaining youth and vitality. We’ve formulated our collagen pre-cursor daily packs with all of the essential building blocks in the proper form and dosage needed for optimal collagen synthesis.

 

Our packs are 100% vegan and ethically sourced offering those with a beauty regimen a more effective, cleaner and safer alternative to conventional collagen supplements. One pack per day gives your body everything it needs to optimize the process of collagen synthesis. For optimal effectiveness make sure to stack the collagen pre-cursor packs with our biodynamic turmeric herbal tonic formula to lower inflammation levels in the body.

 

As a finishing note, here are some key reasons to take great care of your collagen:

  • Skin, hair and nail health
  • Sports performance
  • Ability to perform physical labor
  • Work performance
  • Injury prevention
  • Healthy collagen makes you more resistant to skin wrinkling, and you have a better chance of avoiding joint and circulatory problems down the road.
  • Organ function
  • Collagen is the most prevalent protein type in the body, and it is responsible for numerous body functions. Making sure that your body has proper levels of collagen is an essential way to maintain healthy skin, organ function, athletic performance and much more.