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Health: A Chat About Collagen

-Marcia Williams

Collagen is a hard-working protein that is a significant building block in our bodies. It is in our skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As we age, maintaining a sufficient supply of collagen is critical for sustaining suppleness and the elasticity and hydration our skin needs to remain healthy and youthful in appearance.

Collagen provides structure to the joints, helps maintain their integrity, and is an essential component of muscle tissue. As collagen makes up a significant portion of bone tissue, it may also help keep bones strong and well-structured. Collagen plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the digestive tract lining, potentially supporting gut health. It might also aid in conditions like leaky gut syndrome. Emerging research suggests that collagen could enhance cardiovascular health by fortifying blood vessels and reducing the risk of heart-related conditions. A good supply of collagen could also lead to other benefits such as strong hair and nails, quality sleep, expedited wound healing, and easier weight management.

While some evidence supports the potential benefits of collagen supplements, such as alleviating joint pain and stiffness, complications with osteoporosis, and reducing the risk of heart-related conditions, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and optimal dosages for various health conditions. It's crucial to remember that individual responses to collagen supplements may vary, underscoring the importance of consulting a healthcare professional before embarking on any new supplement regimen.

Among the range of SpoiledChild products, the E27 Extra Strength Liquid Collagen stands out. This unique collagen supplement, enriched with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid, is designed to promote smoother and plumper skin, stronger hair, and joint health in just six weeks.

You can take 1-2 tablespoons daily, on its own or mix it into a shake or your favourite beverage, and you're good to go. It comes in mango or pineapple and is so good. I drink mine straight, and it is amazing! You can buy SpoiledChild either one-off or by subscription. The packaging, rather cool-looking capsules, are reusable and recyclable.

In the UK, collagen taken in pill form is still prevalent. Several products containing sea kelp are the top-ranked supplements, including Theonia's Collagen Complex with Hyaluronic Acid & Sea Kelp, Hey Nutrition's Marine Collagen Complex, and Vitimini's 365 V Advanced Collagen. Absolute Collagen, New Nordic's Collagen Shot and Zooki are wellness companies that promote liquid collagen products that can be taken straight from the package or mixed into smoothies.

While collagen helps regulate the body's tissues and organs to keep it youthful on a molecular level, exercise is vital to maintaining the body's resilient and strong muscles. It is well-documented that adults should attempt 10,000 steps a day to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. But did you know that only 4000 steps a day also have benefits? Walking at a reasonable speed for 30 minutes, 4000, approx two miles, is readily achievable, and losing 1 pound per week is possible!

But what about the brain? New research from the Queen's Reading Room states that reading for just five minutes daily has invaluable benefits for brain health and mental well-being. Reading reduces stress, improves concentration, and helps connect people, reducing loneliness. It doesn't matter how you read: book, paper, tablet, phone, or audiobook; it's getting involved in the story that's the thing.

Remember to check with your doctor, give any new health or wellness routine at least six weeks to show results, and enjoy ageing gracefully!!

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