Many consumers are becoming more educated about long-term approaches to optimum health, and are choosing to beautify and nourish from within, standing in direct opposition to the short-term solutions provided by topical creams and quick-fixes. The average consumer is becoming savvy about investing in their health.
Collagen is an important protein for our bodies and critical on our health journey. It's found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. "It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. We can thank this degenerative process for signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains due to weaker or decreased cartilage (hello, skeleton legs). Other lifestyle factors — like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure — also contribute to depleting collagen levels."
The benefits of collagen include:
Improving the health of skin and hair
Reducing joint pain
Strengthening hair, skin and teeth
Improving liver health
Protecting cardiovascular health
Collagen is found in different supplements and products, but one of the easiest ways to consume it is through bone broth, "Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: There’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths — beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more — are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they boost healing."
By regularly drinking bone broth or adding it to your recipes you can boost your collagen production internally, and experience its many rejuvenating benefits.
[Available from the Framar Health retail store, 595 Lisburn Road, Belfast]
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