The best way to boost your collagen naturally

-Oct 7, Dr Sara Palmer Hussey, Health -

If you’re taking lots of fish collagen in the hope it will boost your skin’s youthful plumpness, think again. We’ve asked Dr Sara Palmer Hussey for the best way to boost your collagen levels, naturally.

The amount of collagen in the skin peaks in early adulthood and declines thereafter. This is due to the fact that collagen is being broken down faster than it is being repaired or replaced. The best way to counteract the decline in collagen levels is not by taking fish collagen, but by protecting against the processes that damage and break down collagen and by supporting the processes that produce and repair the body’s own collagen.

Which vitamins will boost collagen in skin?

The body requires the following nutrients to produce youthful levels of collagen: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and amino acids, especially lysine and the following extra nutrients to prevent it being broken down faster: Alanine (to prevent glycation), L-Cysteine (to upgrade glutathione levels), Curcumin (anti-inflammatory), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Zinc (antioxidants to prevent free radical damage), Omega-3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatories). 


Why drinking collagen won’t work

Collagen is a protein and when it is ingested in a supplement form it will be broken down by your digestive system into its constituent parts, namely amino acids. The body will then distribute these where they are needed. Some may end up as the building blocks for making collagen, but there is no guarantee. So, whereas sufficient protein intake is essential for providing the body with the building blocks it requires to make collagen, collagen itself is not a superior way of fulfilling this requirement. 

The best omega 3 fatty acids for skin

Lumity’s omega 3 fatty acids come from flaxseed oil. Flaxseed is also a phytoestrogen, which is useful for declining oestrogen levels in perimenopause and beyond.

Turmeric is a prized Persian beauty secret for great skin

Turmeric is a fat-soluble nutrient, so in order to facilitate optimum absorption it should be taken in an oil-based formula, such as a softgel capsule. Lumity contains turmeric suspended in flaxseed oil for optimum bioavailability.

The energy produced by the mitochondria (ATP) must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. Sufficient magnesium is, therefore, essential for youthful energy levels. Magnesium is essential also to the permeability of the mitochondrial membrane and to the transfer and, therefore, utilisation of energy.

However, to optimise its benefits, in Lumity, Magnesium works within an energy-boosting team, which also includes Acetyl-l-carnitine,  and Coenzyme Q10. Acetyl-l-Carnitine is the amino acid required to transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are oxidised for energy.

A natural anti-inflammatory, Magnesium also enhances the sensitivity of insulin receptors, allowing fuel to flow more readily into the cells to be converted into energy. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential component of healthy mitochondrial function. Ageing humans have been found to have over 50% less Coenzyme Q10 on average compared to that of young adults. This finding makes Coenzyme Q10 one of the most important nutrients for people over 30 to integrate.

How Lumity helps your skin around the clock

Taken twice-daily, Lumity is supporting many processes at once, simultaneously addressing energy decline, telomere shortening, hormonal decline, glycation, inflammation, insulin resistance and oxidative stress and damage. The night capsules, rich in amino acids, support the body’s own release of human growth hormone during sleep, which is essential for repair and regeneration in the whole body. This nighttime surge tends to diminish in our thirties with a knock-on effect on quality of sleep, muscle strength and endurance, immune resilience, weight management and speed of healing. 

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