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Collagen Supplements and New Years Resolutions

OC by Olivia Coleman
09 January 2023

How collagen supplements can help your New Years Resolutions

It's that time of year again! When we all place immense pressure on ourselves to make huge changes in the blink of an eye. The New Year gives us hope for new beginnings and fresh starts. We resolve to make positive changes to be our best selves and we hope to keep them up for more than a few weeks. Common resolutions involve weight loss, improved health or commitment to beauty routines. The good news is that collagen supplements can help with all these things. Read on to learn about the important of collagen and how you can achieve your goals.

How does collagen relate to weight loss, health and beauty?

Collagen is a structural protein that is important to many tissues in the body. This includes skin, bones, tendons, teeth, arteries, intestines and more. Collagen makes those tissues strong; it gives them firmness, elasticity and good overall health. It organises and maintains the cells whilst allowing the tissue to retain its shape and appearance. Collagen helps healing take place and makes tissues more resilient.

We take collagen supplements because the levels of collagen in our bodies deplete. This happens with age - other factors include sun exposure and excessive sugar consumption. Hence, our existing collagen is gradually destroyed and we become less able to replenish it. The consequences of this include:

  • Wrinkles and sagging skin

  • Loss of health and lustre in the hair and nails

  • Joint pain and increased risk of osteoarthritis

  • Reduction in bone mass and increased risk of osteoporosis

  • Stiff arteries and a greater risk of arterial disease

  • Reduced energy levels

This all starts as early as your twenties. It is common for the earliest signs of ageing to set in during the thirties and it doesn't stop. If your New Years Resolutions relate to health, beauty or weight loss, collagen should be a key factor in your plans.

So what are collagen supplements?

You might assume a collagen supplement is something you swallow to put collagen into your body. But this is not quite how it works. Collagen supplements contain collagen derived from animals like fish, cows or pigs. Manufacturers put this animal collagen through a process to break it down into collagen peptides. The process is called hydrolysis and it makes the collagen far easier for our bodies to absorb.

When you swallow the supplement, your digestive system breaks the collagen peptides down further. The result is amino acids that your body subsequently absorbs. Collagen is rich in glycine, proline and hydroxyproline - three amino acids that are crucial for collagen production. In other words, collagen supplements provide the fuel your body needs to increase its collagen synthesis.

Over time, this increased collagen production can yield benefits for:

  • Skin

  • Hair

  • Nails

  • Joints

  • Bones

  • Teeth

  • Arteries

  • The gut

  • Other organs

These benefits range from general health to cosmetic improvements. This is why collagen supplements are great for New Years Resolutions.

What will collagen supplements do for my new Years Resolution?

The answer to this question depends on what your resolution is. Collagen won't help with a resolution to spend more time with your family or go to more live music gigs. But if your resolution relates to health or beauty, there's a good chance collagen supplements can help. Many of the most common New Years Resolutions fall under these categories, so here are a few examples.

Weight loss

A collagen supplement can help with weight loss in surprising ways. Here are 4 things it can do:

  1. They make you feel full. A clinical trial found that collagen is around 40% more filling than other proteins like whey or casein. This helps you feel fuller for longer, reducing your appetite and thus the number of calories you eat.

  2. They can stimulate the release of appetite-suppressing hormones. Studies among diabetic patients found that collagen consumption helped reduce the patients' appetites. This further reduces cravings for food, helping you stick to your diet to lose weight

  3. They can help build and retain muscle mass. Muscle mass burns calories on autopilot - the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn each day. This means that eating fewer calories will result in more weight loss. It also means that you can eat more each day without gaining weight. Of course, you will need to combine collagen supplements with exercise to build muscle.

  4. They may help smooth the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. If any part of your weight loss journey relates to improving your appearance, collagen can help. Cellulite and stretch marks are things that few people want on their bodies. Therefore, by improving the health and structure of skin, collagen can help reduce their appearance.

Skin, hair and nails

For many, a New Years Resolution relates to undertaking new routines for skin, hair and nails. Good health and aesthetics in these areas are often equated with youth and beauty. Making improvements can therefore help a person feel confident in their appearance. Collagen supplements can help.

Over time, boosting the collagen levels in your skin brings about the following benefits:

  • A reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improved skin elasticity to reduce sagging

  • Greater health in the extracellular matrix, which gives structure to - and nourishes - cells

The first two things have obvious benefits for the appearance of skin. Free of wrinkles and sagging, your skin will look younger and healthier. The collagen may also help with issues like acne or eczema. But by helping to hydrate and nourish the skin cells, the benefits extend to hair and nails.

The roots of your hair and nails are in the skin. If they are not well nourished or hydrated, the hair and nail fibres that grow from them lack strength and vibrancy. Thus collagen can bring about the improvements in skin that lead to improvements in hair and nails.

General health

Your New Years Resolution may involve a more holistic approach to improving your health. Improved diet, more exercise, cutting out bad habits - all these things are important for health. But the prominence of collagen in your body means you should play close attention to it for overall health.

When collagen levels are low, it affects our skin, bones, joints, arteries, gut and more. Exercise will be hard if you have pain in your bones and joints. Reducing cholesterol doesn't eliminate your risk if you have stiff arteries. And your risk of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis is higher if your collagen levels are low.

Collagen supplements can help bring about improvements in your collagen levels. In turn, this leads to benefits throughout your body. If you want to have good overall health, you need to be paying attention to your collagen. Supplements are a great way to do this, and they work even better when combined with exercise and good diet.

What collagen supplements should I take?

Kollo is a market-leading marine collagen supplement. The collagen peptides within are carefully selected and processed for maximum bioavailability. In other words, they are incredibly easy for your body to absorb and use to stimulate collagen production.

Our collagen supplements supply 10g of collagen per day, which meets all the indications from scientific studies. Consuming 10g per day will put you in a strong position to experience the full range of benefits. Improvements in your skin can happen in as little as 6-8 weeks, and your joints may feel better in 3-6 months. With Kollo, you get a consistent dosage of 10g in every single serving, but the benefits don't stop there:

  • Our liquid formula also contains B vitamins, vitamin C and l-lysine for potent collagen fuel

  • The liquid suspension makes the nutrients even more bioavailable

  • It is easy to take - simply empty a sachet into water and drink. There is a great tropical taste from natural, sugar-free flavourings

  • Kollo has won a number of awards since launching in 2020

  • Our 5-star customer reviews now exceed 2,000

  • Kollo is 'Informed Sport' certified for supreme quality and trust

When you choose Kollo as your collagen supplement, you are choosing the highest quality. It gets results, as you can see from our customer stories. It also follows the science very closely, which was an important part of the development process. Kollo is a good fit for people from all walks of life, with a strong commitment to sustainability and delivering a great customer experience.

We invite you to explore our website further. There is a wealth of information in the About section and we have loaded our Blog with everything there is to learn about collagen supplements.

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If you still have questions about Kollo, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you and our team is ready to answer your queries as quickly as possible.

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