Collagen is the main component of the connective tissues in our bodies. The amino acids proline, lycine and glycine are important in the formation of healthy collagen, which helps to maintain healthy joint movement and to keep skin and hair looking fresh and healthy.
Collagen production in the body slows down as we get older, which is one of the reasons for skin ageing and for a decline in joint mobility. Although the body normally makes sufficient collagen for its needs, many people choose to supplement. You can boost your body's levels of collagen naturally, by choosing foods rich in collagen producing elements – these include vitamin C rich foods, lean meat, legumes and cheese.
If you have leaky gut syndrome, extra collagen may help to relieve the condition as it will help to heal damaged cell walls in the digestive tract. Collagen may also boost the immune system and help to cleanse the liver. Some people believe that collagen supplements may also help to slow down signs of ageing, and help to improve or remove cellulite.
Collagen supplements are available in powder form, or as tablets or capsules.