It is widely known that collagen plays a major role in the maintenance of younger beautiful skin, but is also important to highlight the relationship between collagen and vitamin C.
Collagen is an important protein and connective tissue component in charge of supporting the health of muscles, internal organs, cartilage and skin. Collagen is responsible for strengthening tendons and ligaments, and keeping everything in place. During the aging process the collagen level in our bodies decreases and skin loses elasticity and volume due to collagen deficiency.
Our body is continually producing collagen to support and repair connective tissue, and without vitamin C the formation of collagen is disrupted. In 2009 a study published by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, concluded that vitamin C is imperative to the production of collagen. Vitamin C also protects fatty acids and Vitamin A and E from oxidation, all important components of a beautiful younger skin.
Most animals have the ability to produce their own vitamin C, but that is not the case for humans. Like all other primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats, humans don’t produce Vitamin C, so we rely on outside sources for our Vitamin C intake. This means that in order to keep an optimum production of collagen in our bodies, we need to ingest vitamin C.
Vitamin C is not only crucial for the formation of collagen, but also for its absorption. If you are currently taking collagen supplements, make sure that you are also ingesting vitamin C. Try taking your collagen supplements with orange juice for a delicious and effective way to maximize collagen absorption.