If you have been hearing lately about how beneficial collagen is for your body, then it is quite a good idea to understand why your body relies on this essential protein for optimum health.
In a moment we will discuss the differences in the sources of collagen, but first it is important to know what happens to our bodies when collagen begins to decrease. At around the age of 25, our collagen production begins to decrease at a rate of 1 1/2% per year. With this decrease we will begin to notice a difference in the texture of skin, increased wrinkles, the appearance of cellulite and sore painful joints.
It is therefore extremely important for the replenishment of collagen in order to help reverse the signs of aging as well as relieve the discomfort of severe joint pains. Since there are no food sources available that contain collagen, the only way we are able to be sure that adequate amounts are present in our bodies at all times, is to be sure to take a collagen supplement.
There are a few sources of collagen since we cannot replenish our own. Two of the most popular sources are chicken collagen, and bovine collagen. Bovine is taken from directly underneath the skin of the cow. Chicken collagen on the other hand is derived directly from the most pure source of the animal which is the sternum.
Making sure that the source you choose is 100% organic, hormone and antibiotic free is of the utmost importance. It is much easier for farmers to make sure that their chicken collagen meets this criteria than it is to be sure what the larger farm animals are ingesting.
Collagen is to be taken orally in tablet, capsule or pill form. This is the only way possible to ensure that you are targeting all 7 layers of skin from the inside out. Most creams, lotions or injections that contain collagen only reach the first 2 layers and are temporary, expensive and painful.
If you choose to take your collagen internally, be sure to weigh the benefits of a 100% pure hormone and antibiotic free source.