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What is Collagen?

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Collagen occurs throughout the body, but especially in the skin, bones, and connective tissues. Collagen is a firm, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up one-third of the protein in the human body and provides the skin with strength and elasticity. Collagen production declines with age and the structural integrity of the skin starts to breakdown, wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens. Women in particular experience a dramatic reduction in collagen production after menopause.  Exposure to factors such as smoking, poor diet, and UV light are other contributing elements for the loss of collagen production. 

Our bodies produce collagen by synthesizing amino acids traditionally consumed from eating animal tissues such as beef, chicken, fish and eggs. However, there is a way to reap the same benefits from the amino acids required for collagen production while remaining Vegan.

Vegan Amino contains the amino acid glycine which is the most abundant amino acid in collagen, a structural protein that has several health benefits, including for your skin, joints and bones. The amino acid, proline is also essential for the formation of healthy collagen and cartilage. These amino acids help the body maintain the flexibility of muscle tissue, and help reduce sagging and wrinkling that accompany UV exposure and normal aging of the skin.

Because vitamin C supports the synthesis of collagen production accompanied by the amino acids glycine and proline, it is best to also supplement with Vitamin C to maximize the benefits of Vegan Amino. 

Many beauty products containing collagen including creams and powders, claim to revitalize the skin by increasing collagen levels within the body. However, this is unlikely as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. Any benefit is likely due to the moisturizing effects of these products. They do not directly increase collagen.

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