As humans get older, changes start to happen in the skin, tissues and bones. It happens to us all so there’s no getting away from it… and as most of us have some attachment to our youthful looks, it’s common to look to anti-ageing products for a solution. Age is only one reason that we start to see less than positive changes, of course. There are also environmental factors such as sun damage, free radicals and the toxins we’re exposed to every day. All of these decrease collagen levels too.

We start to see fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, hair loss and muscle deterioration as we age. This is because collagen levels naturally decrease with age. It happens at quite a young age, in fact. From around 25 years old onwards, we start to see a gradual decline in our collagen levels. It’s not only the aesthetics we need to worry about either… other symptoms of collagen deterioration might be arthritis, bone loss, decreased cartilage or other unpalatable conditions.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein made from four amino acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. It is found in the muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It gives the skin its elasticity and strength, and it helps to generate new skin cells.

As for the tendons and joints, collagen works like a kind of glue, holding everything together. When collagen starts to decline, we see signs of ageing in all these areas. That’s usually about when we begin the hunt for anti-ageing products and protocols.

Due to the inevitable demand, collagen is now a famous ingredient in plenty of anti-ageing skin lotions. You can also get supplements that contain it, and these are more successful at long-term collagen boosting than creams and lotions. That’s because the collagen in anti-ageing creams can’t fully penetrate the dermis – the collagen molecules are too large for that. You may see positive short-term results, but for successful long-term anti-ageing, supplementation and healthy diet is best.

Great supplements for increased collagen production

Vitamin C

Vitamin C intake is crucial for anti-ageing, as the body uses it to make 18 different types of collagen that support your health. Vitamin C combines with amino acids lysine and proline to create the initial substance required for collagen production, procollagen.

As it’s also an antioxidant, vitamin C can protect your existing collagen from deterioration too. The vast amount of free radicals you’re exposed to every day can be intercepted by antoxidants, halting the ageing process naturally.

Opting for a super-powerful supplement such as lypo-spheric vitamin C is a wise choice. This is much more bioavailable than typical vitamin C supplements, delivering a much higher dose directly to the blood stream.

Asu Forte

The collagen-boosting supplement ASU Forte promotes the creation of the collagen that promotes cartilage strength and protection of your precious joints. It’s made totally from plants, so it’s the first vegetarian substitute for glucosamine.

ASU Forte contains ASU (AvoVida™ by Cyvex Nutrition – a specially processed extract of avocado and soy oil), plus ginger root extract and cat’s claw plant extract. The body can absorb this supplement very quickly, and it’s easy on the stomach; in fact, it protects the stomach and intestinal walls.

All of the extracts in ASU Forte have been shown to have a beneficial effect on many biochemical processes in and around joint cartilage. Anti-ageing is not only about the face, hair and skin, after all.

Cordyceps mushrooms

Cordyceps mushrooms are now relatively famous for their anti-ageing effects. The

Beijing University of Pharmaceutical Sciences concluded that cordyceps mushrooms slowed down the ageing process in mice, at the same time as improving antioxidant activity; this reduced free radical damage, hence the anti-ageing effects.

As we previously mentioned, environmental damage is detrimental to collagen production. All of the dirt, dust particles, toxic smog and air pollution you’re exposed to fills you with free radicals daily. Cordyceps extracts can work wonders for your looks and inner strength, keeping you younger for far longer.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are a useful supplement for anti-ageing too. Our skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer of skin, known as the hypodermis; it’s basically the innermost skin layer, and when you’re getting the right amount of omega-3, this layer reaps the rewards.

An omega-3 fatty acid supplement made from fatty fish and fish oil can boost collagen production, but it can also contribute to heart, cardiovascular and nervous system health.

Other ways to support your anti-ageing routine

As well as supplementing natural products to boost collagen and prevent ageing, you can also help things along by doing the following:

Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night, so that your body can repair the daily damage. If not, the body’s ability to produce collagen will be greatly diminished. Also, you should always take care to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables; this way you’ll get all the healthy proteins, fats, and amino acids you need. Lastly, don’t sunbathe excessively, and spend plenty of time exercising.

Wishing you all the best with your anti-ageing protocols, from all at pH Health. Here’s to health, happiness and eternal youth!