What is a Collagen Supplement

5 November 2020

What is a collagen support supplement?

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A Collagen support supplement is a potent combination of natural substances designed to enhance the body’s production of Collagen. This is the most abundant protein in the body, accounting for approximately 35% of its total protein content and as much as 70% of the protein in our skin. It consists of Amino Acids bound together into fibres to form connective tissue which provides structural support, strength, elasticity and protective coverings throughout the body. It is an essential component of muscle, tendon, bone, teeth, blood vessels, skin, hair, and nails, and is often considered to be the ‘glue’ that holds all of these structures together.

Consequently, Collagen plays a vital role in our health, performance and appearance. Unfortunately, as we age, our body produces less Collagen and that which it does produce is of a lower quality. It is estimated that we begin to lose about 1% of our Collagen per year in our mid-20s and a woman may lose as much as 30% during the first five years of menopause. The visible consequences of this are sagging skin and wrinkles. Also, wounds heal less quickly. You may experience a loss of flexibility as tendons and ligaments stiffen, and become weaker as muscle mass is lost. Less obvious is the weakening of the cartilage within our joints that accompanies a reduction in Collagen, which is implicated in the development of osteoarthritis.

How do our diet and lifestyle affect our Collagen levels?

In order for the body to produce Collagen we must provide it with right nutrients. This includes consuming sufficient amounts of high-quality protein from sources such as meat, fish and dairy. Or if you consume a plant-based diet, soya, lentils, chick peas, various beans, spirulina, and quinoa can all provide you with the protein you need.

Other less obvious but still vital nutrients include:

  • Vitamin C, a water- soluble vitamin found in large in amounts in citrus fruits, strawberries, red peppers, kale, and broccoli.
  • The amino acid Proline, which is a constituent of most proteins, especially Collagen. Good sources of which include eggs, meat, dairy products, avocados, wheat germ and oatmeal.
  • Glycine, an amino acid found in large amounts in unsweetened gelatine, soy, turkey, wheat germ cereals, pork skin and chicken skin.
  • The mineral Copper, which can be found in many foods including raw kale, shiitake mushrooms, spirulina, organ meats such as liver, nuts and seeds, lobster and dark chocolate.

We also need to avoid consuming a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates as these can reduce the body’s ability to produce and repair Collagen.

Other lifestyle factors can also affect our Collagen levels. For example, smoking and excessive sun exposure both inhibit Collagen production.

What are the benefits of a collagen supplement?

The key ingredients of Time 4 Collagen+ have been shown scientifically to provide a number of potential benefits for health and performance. These include, but are not limited to:

Why Time 4 Collagen+?

Time 4 Collagen+ provides a unique combination of carefully selected ingredients which not only contribute to increased collagen production, but also provide a variety of other benefits.

PEPTIPLUS® Hydrolysed Collagen

PEPTIPLUS is a pure source of Collagen protein produced by one of the world’s leading manufacturers and is included at a level which has been shown to be effective. It is neutral in taste and odour, mixes easily and is fat, cholesterol and carbohydrate free.

The process of hydrolysation increases its absorption rate and bioavailability (36), helping to ensure that you get the vital amino acids to where they are needed to optimise their potential benefits. In addition to increasing the body’s store of Collagen, supplementation with hydrolysed Collagen has been shown to help increase muscle mass, enhance tissue repair after injury, reduce joint pain, enhance post-exercise recovery, improve bone and nail health, and increase skin health and appearance.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for Collagen production. All Collagen starts off as a substance known as Procollagen. This is produced by the body by combining the amino acids glycine and proline using a process which involves vitamin C. Without Vitamin C, Collagen production is disrupted and as old Collagen is broken down, it cannot be replaced. We are unable to produce Vitamin C and so must rely on food and supplements as a source. In addition to its role in Collagen production, Vitamin C plays an important role in the function of the immune system, energy production, and the nervous system. It also helps to increase the absorption of iron, reduce tiredness and fatigue, maintain normal psychological function, and is a potent antioxidant.

Bamboo derived silica

Silica is a trace mineral made from a combination of silicon and oxygen. The body contains approximately 7 grams of silica, the majority of which is found in the skin, tendons, blood vessels, hair, and bones. It plays a vital role in normal formation of Collagen, bones, joints and cartilage. Silica occurs naturally in many plants, such as leafy greens and whole grains and can also be found in the form of supplements or extracts. Bamboo extract is the richest known source of natural silica, containing over 70% organic silica, which is more than 10 times the level found in the widely used Horsetail plant. In addition to its role in Collagen formation, silica also contributes to the healthy function of the skin, hair and nails, immune system, respiratory tract, vascular system, and skeleton.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane is a sulphur-containing compound with high bio-availability which occurs naturally in green plants and other food products, animals and humans. It can also be produced in a lab to create dietary supplements. Sulphur is needed for many critical functions within the body and it is MSM that provides the sulphur that is required for optimum Collagen and keratin production. MSM has also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and has been shown to provide a range of other benefits including relieving joint pain, improving flexibility, enhancing post-exercise recovery, accelerating healing, strengthening hair and nails, and improving skin health and appearance.