Collagen for Youthful Skin: China and Japan Got It Right*
Asian countries understand the importance of an inside outside approach to beautiful aging. We American woman can learn a lot about this inside approach, or what I like to call, ingestible beauty, from other cultures, like Japan, China and South America. They have long understood the importance of eating and supplementing with nutrients such as antioxidants and collagen protein to directly produce a lovely, smooth and supple complexion.
It’s a fact: Women in China eat a collagen-rich diet and boast gorgeous, elastic skin. (Have you ever seen an oriental woman with crepey skin?)
Now, we’ve all heard of collagen injections, topical creams and gels, but women in China know best: It is better to ingest collagen into our bodies.
Okay, so you and I might not enjoy a plate of Pig’s Trotters here in the old US of A, but we can still ingest collagen and reap the obvious, proven benefits it offers to our skin and bones.
In both China and Asia, pharmacist’s shelves are stocked with collagen shots and ampoules for taking collagen in liquid form. Women can buy treats like collagen-infused marshmallows! There is even a new Japanese beer, called Precious, that contains two grams of collagen protein. Another fact: In Japan, people ingest an average of five grams of collagen protein per day —mostly in liquid form. What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein making up a quarter of the protein in our bodies! It is naturally occurring and vital to organs, bones, tissue and skin. Collagen is also the major element of the epidermis —preserving water, which is vital to our skin’s tone and pliability. Collagen helps keep the skin elastic and supple. When we reach age 25, collagen production begins to decline. By age 45, we can really feel and see that decline in the form of dry, flakey skin, wrinkles and crepey skin. A person between 50-60 years of age has only half of the amount of collagen in the skin of someone who is between 20 and 25 years of age. Of course, we help speed that decline along by exposing ourselves to the sun, smoking, exposing ourselves to pollution, over-washing our skin with hard-wearing chemical soaps, and way too much hot water —not to mention the the hard scrubbing. We are not helping matters, ladies! While we here in America salute veganism and stress no animal protein, our youthful looking sisters in China consume bone broth on a regular basis, and they look pretty good doing it! Let’s talk about Nutricosmetics
Nutricosmetics, focusing on skin beauty, put simply, is beauty from the inside out. Nutricosmetics are natural well-being products, taken orally, that comprise antioxidants and nutrients shown to slow or prevent wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.
These nutrients, in the form of food, drinks, powders and pills help prevent or slow visible signs of skin aging, like sagging, dark spots and the dreaded crepey skin.
Since natural products have less side effects, the demand for nutricosmetics is trickling into the U.S., where people like you and me are exclaiming, “What took us so long to realize this!?”
While nutricosmetics originated in Japan, South America has quickly followed suit. Beauty products said to treat and/or delay the commencement of wrinkles, dark spots and crepey skin remain huge in popularity, and sales of nutricosmetics products like Lycopene, Lutein and Collagen remain strong.
Our multi-cultural sisters in beauty know that beauty, and a youthful appearance, is an inside-out process.
Let’s follow along and reap the benefits!
By the way: Consuming collagen along with foods that are high in amino acids can help kick up the body’s production of collagen.
Chicken, eggs, dairy and soy beans are examples of foods high in amino acids. So is Triple K, an all natural, high protein supplement, you can drink.
Therefore, starting your day with a hot Collagen-infused beverage like Triple K, and a couple of eggs cooked just the way you like them, might give you the collagen kick-start you need to begin to finally see the benefits other cultures have employed for so long.
Till Next Time,
Growing Younger Everyday