How to tell if your body needs more collagen?

BY DR. KELLYANN

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If you see wrinkles on your face, if your joints and bones get achey, if you experience digestive issues, and if your cuts and wounds heal slower than they used to….you may have a collagen deficiency.

How does this happen?

Well, there are a couple reasons. Here are some of the possibilities:

  1. It’s normal for your body to produce less and less collagen as you age. It just happens naturally.
  2. Things like smoke, pollution, and overexposure to the sun are likely to cause free radical damage, which negatively impacts the collagen in your skin.
  3. If your body is lacking antioxidants, it can’t protect your collagen from damage. A combination of Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 is just what your skin needs to fill your body with antioxidants–and keep your collagen strong.
  4. If you have a medical condition that prevents your body from absorbing particular vitamins and nutrients necessary to protect or synthesize collagen. Specifically, If you have a Vitamin C deficiency, collagen synthesis is unlikely to occur (even with a steady stream of glycine and proline). And while a vitamin C deficiency may seem unlikely, it’s actually quite common these days.

Needless to say, if your body is low on collagen, it shows up in your face, skin, nails, teeth, and bones. And as you age, your collagen naturally decreases. Thus, it’s best to consume collagen before problems arise and it’s too late.