03 Apr, 2019 ·
How to naturally boost collagen production
03 Apr, 2019 ·
Collagen has been a buzz word in the wellness industry over the past few years and seems to be buzzing louder than ever recently, and for very good reason. It is a necessity, a vital protein for healthy skin, joints, hair and nails, digestion and heart health. It has a myriad of benefits and amongst others it’s what makes us move with ease, have soft skin, not age as quickly, and boast strong bones.
Where does collagen come from, I hear you ask? Us! It’s flowing through our bodies as we speak, it is something we are born with, and produce, in abundance - hello that super-soft-deliciously-supple-and-perfectly-kissable baby skin! - and in fact it’s the biggest protein in our bodies and actually accounts for almost 1/3 of our total protein. However, as we get older, it decreases and depletes which from a beauty perspective results in wrinkles, dry skin, loss of suppleness and lack-lustre, brittle, slow growing hair and nails and from a wellness point of view it impacts our bone density, muscle tone, joint mobility and digestion which is why we need to make sure we are putting it back into our bodies.
When formulating the L O V E W E L L mama formula; Blossom, collagen had to be a priority for all of those amazing aforementioned benefits. However, aside from the collagen we have in our bodies, collagen is only found in the connective tissues of animals which goes against the L O V E W E L L ethos and plant based formula (side note: gelatine is the substance derived from collagen once it has been cooked) and including a collagen source derived from animals simply wasn’t an option. L O V E W E L L’s amazing team of nutritionists thought outside the box. And voila… enter, Tremella mushroom.
Tremella mushroom, also known as silver ear or snow mushroom, has been famous in China for thousands of years because of its anti-ageing power… It is known as the beauty mushroom, and now we know why. Tremella can hold up to 500 times its weight in water, which not only promotes collagen health and allows your body to produce collagen production naturally, but it means it is intensely hydrating, from within, and therefore a natural alternative to Hyaluronic Acid, another vital element in the anti-ageing process. Together, collagen and Hyaluronic Acid are a powerhouse combination. What does this mean exactly? Regular consumption = flawless skin.
Which also brings us to talk about Hyaluronic Acid, you may have heard of it as it is a key selling point in the beauty and skincare industry, that’s because it’s the bees knees when it comes to moisture. And, you guessed it, like collagen our natural bodily production of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) also slows down with age and it depletes out of our systems… hence the need to generate more. Tremella Mushroom comes out with the goods again, it acts very similar to HA; it has intensive hydration properties due to the fact it can hold an incredible amount of its weight in water, so it’s basically a natural version of HA. It also boasts smaller particles than HA which means it can penetrate the skin much easier. The proof is in the pudding folks, Tremella Mushroom is a powerhouse in terms of helping your body naturally produce collagen and naturally mimicking HA… and these two combined are powerful when it comes to skin health and overall wellness.
Below, we explore 5 benefits of supporting the production of collagen in your body, naturally (you can thank us later)!
Your skin and collagen need each other, and it really is the secret sauce when it comes to anti-ageing, naturally. By supporting the production of collagen in your body, you’re helping your skin remain supple and soft, brighten your complexion, reduce wrinkles, retain moisture and look less ‘lack-lustre’, and keep that beautiful elasticity! Collagen also helps other proteins support skin structure.
HAIR AND NAILS
There’s a misconception that using hair and nail products topically stimulate growth and hair/nail health, however, the truth is, like with anything beauty and wellness related… it comes from within! So, by aiding your body in naturally producing collagen, you’ll increase strength, quality, structure and shine, accelerate growth and decrease breakage and brittleness of both hair and nails.
MUSCLES, BONES AND JOINTS
Collagen is e-s-s-e-n-t-i-a-l for muscle, joint and bone health. It helps with muscle mass, joint pain, inhibits bone breakdown, and helps keep cartilage that protects your joints keeping them strong and healthy.
GUT AND DIGESTION
While research in this area is still in its early days, researchers are putting together links between collagen and gut health / digestion. Studies are looking promising and highlighting that collagen could have a significant impact helping with leaky gut, aiding in digestion, regulating gut pH levels and prove helpful in healing the intestinal wall lining, which is associated with IBS and other inflammatory gut conditions.
Collagen has been linked to studies that show it aids in protecting against the build-up of plaque in arteries, and reducing cholesterol levels, which is vital in ensuring a healthy heart and preventing certain heart related illnesses, as we age.
There you have it! By incorporating Tremella Mushroom into your daily routine, you’re packing a punch in the nutrient department, allowing your body to produce collagen naturally and giving yourself a daily dose of Hyaluronic Acid, from the inside. So, there’s not much else left to say other than hop on over to the product page, stock up on Blossom which has this superfood as part of its powerful blend and reap all the skin health and overall wellness rewards!
Bio: Cassandra Kerr is a creative, a dreamer and the founder of For, She Is You; an online platform to inspire, empower and encourage girls and women to be kind to themselves and each other. She is deeply passionate about wellness, particularly holistic health, skincare, mindfulness and anxiety. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is a lover of handwritten notes, romantic movies and New York City.