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One question we frequently encounter in our office is, “Should I take collagen?” Hi, I’m Cali, a health coach here at Thriven Functional Medicine, and today I want to share with you the top five things to know about collagen.

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1. Collagen is the Body’s Super Glue Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, gram for gram; it’s even stronger than steel! It serves as the glue that holds everything together in our skin, bones, teeth, hair, nails, eyes, connective tissue, cartilage, and organs.

2. Collagen Declines with Age As we age, we naturally lose collagen. Starting at age 20, we lose collagen at a rate of approximately one percent per year. By the time you’re 71, you’ve lost almost 50 percent of your body’s collagen, leading to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Collagen Offers Numerous Benefits Collagen comes with a plethora of benefits, including reducing the signs of aging by enhancing skin elasticity, hydration, and promoting bone density and growth. It supports tendons, ligaments, cartilage, while also aiding in fat loss and muscle gain.

4. Taking Collagen by Mouth While taking collagen orally provides a range of benefits, improving gut health and consequently benefiting skin, hair, and nails, this method doesn’t directly increase collagen levels in your body.

5. Boosting Collagen Production The most effective way to increase collagen in your body is to focus on the pathways that synthesize collagen. Utilizing key building blocks such as L-lysine, L-proline, and L-glycine, along with key enzymes like choline stabilized orthosilicic acid, can help you achieve this. Choline stabilized orthosilicic acid has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by 30 percent and improve skin elasticity by 89 percent.

In summary, it’s essential to concentrate on the pathways and key enzymes that facilitate collagen production, along with maintaining a healthy diet. Dr. Anderson has designed a customized protocol for Hair, Skin, and Nails, which includes supplements proven to increase collagen production. You can find more information and access the protocol by following the link below.

We hope this information helps you better understand the power of collagen. Stay tuned for more valuable insights on health and wellness in our upcoming posts!

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