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Have You Considered Collagen?

ConsideredCollagenJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Most well known for its structural role in the body, collagen is a member of a family of naturally occurring proteins. As the single most abundant protein, collagen makes up 25 – 35 percent of whole-body protein content. There are at least 16 types of collagen, all responsible for a number of important biological functions. However, 80 – 90 percent of the body’s collagen consists of type I, found in bones, tendons and organs; type II, found mainly in cartilage; and type III, largely found in reticular connective tissues in the kidneys, spleen, lymph nodes and bone marrow. Briefly, type IV collagen is found primarily in the skin and type V in hair and cell surfaces.

Often found working with keratin and elastin, large amounts of collagen is observed in connective tissue, where it provides tensile strength in tendons and ligaments, as well as strength, firmness, suppleness and elasticity to the skin. Collagen provides both rigid and compliant structural support, allowing tissues to stretch as needed. In the dermis, collagen helps to form a fibrous network of cells upon which new cells grow. Skin cells are constantly renewing, and collagen aids in their growth and repair. The normal aging process causes collagen levels to deplete naturally over time, contributing to osteoporosis and often resulting in facial lines and wrinkles, stiffer and less stable joints, and a higher chance of tendon and ligament injury.

Avoiding tobacco and excess sun exposure, reducing physical stress, following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise may help to protect collagen, support joint function and reduce visible signs of aging. Vitamin C is a critical factor in collagen synthesis and limits damage induced by sun exposure, providing beneficial effects on skin health. Adequate vitamin C has been shown to stabilize collagen and increase collagen protein synthesis, aiding repair of damaged skin. As a protein structure, collagen is largely composed of amino acids. Dietary protein whether from animal or supplemental sources helps supply the necessary amino acids to build collagen protein. Gelatin, found in bone broth or powdered supplements is another rich source of collagen and can provide a healthy dose of amino acids for collagen formation.

Benefits of Collagen Supplementation

  • Collagen contains glutamine and glycine, amino acids known to help repair the delicate gut wall. Leaky gut or intestinal permeability allows unauthorized particles and toxins to enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall, contributing to autoimmune conditions, hormone imbalances and digestive issues. Additionally, glycine helps to protect against liver damage, aiding toxin elimination.
  • Collagen helps to protect the mucosal lining, aiding complete digestion and absorption. Even with a healthy diet, insufficient digestive function may deprive the body of critical nutrients necessary for optimal health.
  • Collagen’s amino acids nourish hair, skin and nails, helping to provide more lubrication elasticity and strength, as well as reduce visible signs of aging.
  • Collagen has been shown to support healthy joint function and help relieve typical aches and pains associated with aging and chronic inflammation. Collagen helps to lubricate joints for easier movement, may decrease swelling in arthritic conditions and may reduce the risk of joint deterioration.

Oral collagen supplementation can help support skin structure and bolster the body’s natural collagen production by delivering the specific amino acids necessary for collagen synthesis.  Supplemental hydrolyzed collagen peptides provide both nutrients and bioavailable amino acids that can be readily absorbed into the bloodstream. These highly absorbable nutrients may help to improve skin, hair and nails, relieve painful joints and optimize gut health. Taking vitamin C along with collagen may aid bioavailability, digestion and absorption of supplemental collagen.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality collagen products:

Hydrolyzed Collagen...Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus with Hyaluronic Acid by Douglas Laboratories®: This unique powdered formula provides ideal ratios of hydrolyzed collagen blended with hyaluronic acid. It includes vitamin C, zinc and copper, co-factors that support healthy collagen formation, skin elasticity and hydration. No additional ingredients.


Super Collagen plus...Super Collagen + C™ by Neo®Cell: This collagen/vitamin C formula provides specific amino acids vital to collagen formation in support of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Free of gluten, soy, wheat, lactose, yeast and artificial flavors. Non-GMO formulation.


Beef Gelatin 100%...Beef Gelatin 100% Pure Collagen Protein Unflavored by Vital Proteins®: This nutritional powerhouse provides all-natural, high quality collagen protein sourced from grass-fed, pasture raised bovine hides. Formulated to support youthful skin, healthy hair, and strong nails, as well as healthy bones, joints and digestion. Kosher, gluten free, Non-GMO powdered formulation.


Collagen II Joint...Collagen II Joint Formula by Collagen M.D.®: This nutrient-rich formula provides type II collagen proteins, 18 amino acids, vitamin C and a natural blend of chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid to help maintain and support cartilage and joint health.  Free of gluten, dairy, sucrose, starch, yeast, wheat, soy, and corn.


Collagen Types 1 3...Collagen Types 1 and 3 Capsules by Doctor’s Best: This science-based nutritional formulation provides pure collagen proteins and vitamin C for essential structural support for hair, skin, nails, tendons, ligaments and joints.


Collagen JS 1000 mgCollagen JS 1000 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This formula provides patented, hydrolyzed and denatured BioCell Collagen II® to aid and promote collagen synthesis and enhance synovial fluid, supporting the composition, integrity, and motility of joints. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Collagen: The Fibrous Proteins of the Matrix. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/
Why does skin wrinkle with age? What is the best way to slow or prevent this process? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-skin-wrinkle-wit/
Vitamin C and Skin Health. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C
Collagen Structure and Function. http://proteopedia.org/wiki/index.php/Collagen_Structure_%26_Function

Looking Our Best While Aging

LookingBestAgingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

It’s a simple fact, we all want to look our best at every age. While aging is a normal natural process, aging well and gracefully requires a positive outlook, good habits, healthy choices and maybe a bit of courage! Though we must accept the inevitability of aging, it doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel good while doing it. Outward appearance can have a significant impact on self-esteem, and a healthy confident attitude regarding aging can lead to a happier state of mind. Aging well means taking steps to promote healthy longevity so you can look forward to celebrating your birthday each year.

One key to looking well is eating well, as foods that are good for your body are equally good for your appearance. Cleaning up your diet is one the best things you can do to look and feel healthier. For healthy, more youthful looking skin, eliminate unhealthy, salty, fried, sugary, pro-inflammatory foods, and include anti-inflammatory fresh whole foods, green leafy vegetables, omega-3 fats, berries, nuts and spices.

A diet high in colorful antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich fruits and veggies supports overall health and disease prevention, boosts the immune system, aids weight maintenance, and gives skin a healthy, more youthful glow. A diet high in sugar and high glycemic refined carbs can result in systemic inflammation. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, negatively affecting skin health and appearance.

A healthy relationship with food supports a healthy body image. When reaching and maintaining an ideal body weight, keep in mind that being too thin can make one appear older than their years, and carrying excess weight can prematurely age the body. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and ideal body weight is subjective. You can be slightly overweight and still be healthy, if you are adhering to healthy lifestyle habits, eating well and exercising.

Staying well hydrated benefits digestion, nutrient absorption and delivery, as well as toxin elimination. Keep in mind that the skin is the body’s largest organ. All organs consist of cells, and all cells need sufficient hydration for proper function. Insufficient hydration can result in less resilient, dry, tight and flaky skin. In addition to drinking water for daily hydration, address dryness by applying a hydrating moisturizer while the skin is still porous after a bath or shower.

Products that contain hyaluronic acid are wonderful for skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid attracts, absorbs and holds water, thereby plumping cells and supporting elasticity and a more youthful appearance. Retinoids, vitamin A derivatives, found in prescription and OTC products, have been shown to help unclog pores, speed cell turnover, even out skin tones and smooth fine lines. Retinoids can initially cause dryness, redness and flaking, so be sure to follow directions for use. Apply at night before bed, and follow with moisturizer to prevent dryness.

Statistics shows that one in three Americans report they are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. If you are getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep nightly, it’s very likely to negatively affect your appearance. Inadequate sleep has been correlated with reduced skin health, diminished skin barrier function, accelerated skin aging, and lower satisfaction with appearance. Sleep gives the skin time to rejuvenate and repair from the stressors of pollution and UV rays. While you are sleeping your body boosts blood flow to the skin, providing nutrients, vitamins, minerals and hydration. Insufficient sleep can result in a lackluster complexion, while getting sufficient “beauty sleep” can keep skin looking youthful. Strive for 7 – 9 hours nightly and you are likely to notice a healthier appearance in just a matter of weeks.

One more good reason to exercise–physical activity boosts circulation, nourishing the skin with oxygen and nutrients. Exercise helps keep collagen-damaging cortisol levels in check, and supports the production of new collagen, which helps to keep the skin more firm and supple. Perspiration helps to clear pores, eliminate toxins and correct hormonal imbalances that can cause adult breakouts. Heart pumping aerobic exercise not only benefits overall health, it gives you that healthy post-workout glow.

Psychological stress has been shown to trigger numerous health conditions, and research has confirmed skin as a target of stress responses. Stress is known to affect multiple neuroinflammatory skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and several forms of dermatitis. Elevated levels of cortisol result in moisture loss, collagen damage, redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Lifestyle habits that help reduce stress, including sufficient sleep, regular exercise and finding time for relaxation, all contribute to overall healthy aging, as well as stress-free more radiant skin.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of healthy aging:

HyaGloHyaGlo™ by Cogent Solutions Group: This well tolerated, moisture-retentive, advanced skincare provides pure hyaluronan serum, a unique hydrating substance naturally produced by the body. Apply twice daily for deeply hydrated, silky smooth, more radiant skin. Vegan formulation.


Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations®: This product provides support for a healthy and youthful appearance by hydrating and smoothing the skin, and modulating the appearance of fine lines and age spots. Additionally, hyaluronic acid supports joint comfort and function by promoting healthy joint lubrication and shock absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Collagen JS 1000 mgCollagen JS 1000 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This product supplies patented BioCell Collagen®, along with hyaluronic acid in support of healthy skin and optimal joint motility and comfort. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Collagen Beauty...Collagen Beauty Green by Vital Proteins®: This nourishing, powdered elixir provides Non-GMO marine collagen peptides, along with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, organic raw greens, and probiotics in support of overall healthy skin, hair, and nails. Flavored with organic coconut water and Madagascar vanilla bean. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher formulation.

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Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=194947
Younger Skin Through Exercise. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/younger-skin-through-exercise/?_r=0
The Beauty Benefits of Exercise. http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/the-beauty-benefits-of-exercise/
Anti-Inflammatory Diet. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/anti-inflammatory/anti-inflammatory-diet.php
7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise. http://time.com/4474874/exercise-fitness-workouts/
Brain-Skin Connection: Stress, Inflammation and Skin Aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4082169/