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Four Ways Collagen Benefits Hair

We know what you may be thinking… Our hair is composed mainly of protein. Correct! Hair is composed primarily of protein; however, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, formed through chains of amino acids that act as building blocks. Two essential amino acids are glycine and proline, particularly high content of both can be found in collagen. Boosting your collagen production could be the key to improving your hair health, along with other aspects of your overall health.

When your body lacks sufficient Collagen, you can see breakage in your hair, as well as it being dull, dry, and lacklustre. Our collagen levels start to deplete after the age of 25, with a person producing about 1 per cent less collagen in the skin each year. Replenishing this has so many other benefits, from joint health to helping those fine lines appear less visible, but in regards to hair health, here are four reasons collagen should be part of your daily hair care routine.

  1. Increases Elasticity – Collagen is an amino acid, and hair follicle cells use amino acids to produce keratin protein which promotes hair growth, strength, and elasticity. Collagen can helps to strengthen the hair and elasticity and improve its overall quality.  Omegas 3 and 6 which our found in Marine collagen are great for hydrating hair.
  2. Moisturises – Collagen supports a healthy digestive tract to protect and heal the lining of the gut leading to maximum protein absorption—therefore, healthier hair. In addition to making way for a healthy digestive tract, collagen in daily supplements work in synergy with components like hyaluronic acid to support, moisturise, and rebuild the structure of the dermis of the skin and the environment surrounding the follicle. This also supports the blood vessels in the dermis, which allows for better diffusion of nutrients to the follicle leading to moisturised hair.
  3. It may help fight damage to hair follicles –  Most damage to hair follicles occurs from free radicals As we mentioned, hair grows from hair follicles. If they are damaged or weak, it may lead to poor hair growth. To fight free radical damage, you need antioxidants. Some evidence shows that marine collagen can have high antioxidant properties.
  4. It may help to prevent hair thinning – Collagen makes up a majority of your dermis, which contains the root of each hair. If the dermis is weak, it will produce less hair or thinner hair. Collagen helps with elasticity and the strength of your dermis. If these things are stronger, your hair will be as well

WHICH TYPE OF COLLAGEN IS BEST FOR HAIR?

There are three main types of collagen all with a different role to play within the body:

Type I – accounts for 90% of your body’s collagen with tightly packed fibers that provide elasticity and structure to skin, hair, nails, bones and joints.

Type II – is made of more loosely packed fibers found in elastic cartilage within joints. It is predominantly found within avian collagen (chicken), but only makes up 10% of total collagen within the body.

Type III – is the second most abundant collagen in your body’s tissues, such as muscles, organs and arteries, which is found primarily within bovine collagen (cow).

The best type of collagen for hair is thought to be marine collagen, which is a type I collagen. Type I collagen is a protein and helps form our bones, skin, blood vessel walls, cartilage, and other tissues. It’s also the most abundant type of collagen found in the human body. It’s the most potent type, meaning it works the most effectively to heal and rebuild your body. The same amino acids used to form marine collagen are also used to form keratin, the protein that forms hair. Proline is also a primary amino acid used for creating keratin and hair, of which Marine collagen is packed with.

Now you have the 101 on collagen will you be adding this to your daily hair care routine?

 

DISCLAIMER:  Information and statements regarding dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

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