Posted by Dr. Phil Pappas and Earth Foods on November 23, 2015
Collagen is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. However, the production of this substance diminishes as people grow older. The results of the low production include wrinkles, thinning skin and brittle hair among others. There are a number of collagen supplements available in the market that can restore the amount of collagen in the body. Many individuals use collagen supplements to reduce lines or wrinkles.
Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues of the body. It is significant in making certain parts of the body such as nails strong and is also an important factor in joint health. Collagen supplements come in various forms. Individuals suffering from conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often take collagen supplements to replace collagen in the joints. The collagen supplements mostly used in such a cases are chicken collagen and vegetable based Collagen as an active ingredient. There are also collagen creams that are applied on the skin to help reduce wrinkles and lines.
How Collagen Works
Collagen is a form of fibrous protein that is normally present in the bodies of humans and even mammals. It provides a supportive structure for various body tissues such as muscles, bones and ligaments and prevents them from falling apart. It works with another compound called Elastin to provide strength and firmness to the tissues. Collagen also works to keep the skin looking firm, tight, flexible and youthful looking. Young people naturally produce more collagen than older people. With age, the collagen in the body breaks down leading to wrinkles and folds around the mouth. As such, collagen stimulation leads to a more youthful looking skin. The substance has been used for a long time in combating signs of aging.
Benefits of Collagen Supplements
Many people take collagen supplements because of the substantial health benefits it has on the body. The substance is purported to assist individuals with arthritis and other illnesses affecting the joints or bones. Collagen helps to increase mobility and reduce pain. Collagen is also believed to improve the appearance of the skin, nails and hair. There are various topical health products that are available for enhancing the look of skin. Collagen injections are normally administered by plastic surgeons to correct skin indentations and plump up the skin.
Collagen for Arthritis
Various studies indicate that collagen supplements can be effective in the treatment of pain, swelling as well as stiffness around joints. This type of collagen is mostly used by people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Studies also indicate that collagen supplements used with protein and amino acids supplements help in improving mobility and flexibility in athletes.
Generally oral collagens are well tolerated and there is little worry of interactions with drugs. Injectable collagen used by plastic surgeons might be more problematic because of injection site problems.
Baxyl® is a liquid hyaluronan (HA) supplement formulated for human consumption to alleviate joint discomfort. With MHB3® Hyaluronan as its active ingredient, Baxyl is covered by four U.S. Patents and demonstrates proven efficacy and safety with double blind, placebo controlled university studies.
Because Baxyl's liquid formulation is fully hydrated, it is absorbed quickly and is immediately put to work by the body. Baxyl is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, yeast-free, corn-free, sugar-free, non-GMO, and has no artificial or natural colors or flavors. Baxyl uses only the finest ingredients from the USA and Europe with full traceability on all ingredients and offers a customer satisfaction guarantee.
“Hyaluronan” is the accepted scientific nomenclature for hyaluronic acid (HA) and physiological salts of hyaluronate, the conjugate base of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronan is classified as a glycosaminoglycan (GAG), a long, unbranched polysaccharide made of repeating disaccharides of glucuronic acid and glucosamine (Fraser, 1997). The polymer chain of hyaluronan ranges in molecular weight from hundreds of units (or Daltons) up to several million.
Hyaluronan is found ubiquitously throughout the mammalian body. It is either directly or indirectly involved in every physiological function of the body. It is found in dense concentrations in cartilage, synovial fluid, skin, vertebral discs, bones, urinary tract, cardiac valves, eyes, and various other soft tissue. Hyaluronan is most abundant during embryogenesis and declines in overall quantity and quality throughout life (McDonald, 2002).
Canonically, hyaluronan is recognized for its role in the maintenance of joint health. It is the presence of hyaluronan that makes cartilage strong enough to handle compressive forces within the joint (Seog, 2002). Hyaluronan is also found in the synovial fluid, where it provides the major source of lubrication that allows for smooth fluid movements in joints (Sabaratnam, 2005). Within bone itself, the presence of hyaluronan is primarily linked to its roles in bone modeling and remodeling processes.
Hyaluronan makes up a large part of the vitreous humor of the eye where it provides ocular moisturization and lubrication.
Hyaluronan has established itself as a protectant by its ability to confer defense to gut mucosal tissue. A recent study aimed to evaluate the effects of hyaluronan on gastric mucosa (Al-Bayaty 2011). Laboratory findings revealed that a high-molecular-weight hyaluronan-containing gel significantly protected the gastric mucosa.
Oral viscosupplementation of hyaluronan is preferential to injectable products because it eliminates the risk of adverse reactions, is more convenient, and more cost effective (Spirito, 2011).
Oral hyaluronan has been shown to be absorbed and effective (Ma, 2008). Recent clinical studies are consistent with these laboratory findings (Lukens, 2005; Kiburz, 2006). Studies with labeled, high-molecular-weight hyaluronan administered orally show distribution to the joints in as little as four hours post-administration (Balough, 2008).
1 tsp orally twice daily for first 7 days followed by 1/2 tsp twice daily for maintenance.
Contains no animal derivatives, sugar, yeast, grain, gluten, starch, soy, egg, dairy products, artificial coloring or artificial flavoring and is 100% vegan.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml)
SERVINGS PER CONTAINER: 72 (36 day supply)
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** Daily Value not
Other ingredients: purified water, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride