Who took my collagen and how can I get it back?
Four benefits of taking a collagen supplement to support your body through menopause
There’s so much about menopause that just isn’t discussed. Deepening wrinkles, sagging skin and weight gain go hand-in-hand with hot flushes and broken sleep. Most of us know this is due to waning estrogen levels but did you know this hormone also plays a powerful role in the promotion of our human elastic glue: collagen. So, what can you do during menopause to help restore your collagen and reclaim some of your youthful virility?
Catherine Clark, the Owner and Founder of Harvest Table says that generally, menopause begins 12 months after a woman’s last period. Women enter this stage of life anywhere from their mid-40’s to their late 50’s and when it hits, your body has a sudden and steep drop in estrogen, triggering major changes throughout your body.
“The decrease in estrogen as women age is directly tied to the decrease in collagen production. In fact, when you hit menopause, you experience a 30% drop in collagen which means that your skin becomes thinner, your bones become more brittle and your organs struggle to maintain levels of tissue,” Catherine explains.
Catherine explains four key symptoms of menopause and how regular collagen supplementation can improve women’s health as they age:
1. Sagging skin
Estrogen is key for the normal functioning of your skin and as your levels of this hormone decline in menopause so does your collagen production. As a result, our skin loses its firmness and begins to sag causing jowls to appear and wrinkles to become more pronounced. That’s because your whole body is actually kept together by collagen protein, which makes up the majority of tissue that connects organs and skin. It, therefore, makes sense that collagen originates from the Greek word ‘kolla’ – or ‘glue’. Supplementing your diet with collagen can help restore this glue and support your system’s ability to improve your skin’s elasticity and hydration and reduce the signs of ageing.
While most women are familiar with cellulite – that dimpled “orange peel” look that appears on your thighs, upper arms, buttocks and stomach, it develops much more quickly in menopause. Cellulite is fat that pushes up through the connective tissue under the skin creating an uneven or lumpy surface. Cellulite may appear anytime in a woman’s life, but when estrogen levels decline, cellulite generally increases. Again, taking a collagen supplement on a regular basis will help reduce cellulite as it will increase the skin’s thickness and elasticity and thus reduce the appearance of cellulite.
3. Hot flushes
Your liver is one of your most important organs as it regulates your health. It performs over 500 different functions on a regular basis so when your body changes during menopause, your liver suddenly gets hit with a lot more things to do and it’s no surprise that it starts to protest. Cravings, mood swings, hot flushes and sleep issues are just some of the symptoms that your liver is taking strain. Collagen feeds not only your liver but all your organs, so by taking a regular collagen supplement, you will also be supporting your liver too, helping it to deal with all the changes taking place in your body.
4. Weight gain
The hormonal changes of menopause may make you more likely to develop an extra tyre around your middle as well as heavier hips and thighs. This is part of the natural ageing process because as your muscle-mass decrease, it is replaced by fat. By taking a collagen supplement you will be able to build more lean muscle mass which is great news for weight loss as muscle burns calories faster than fat. Muscle fires up your metabolism and your body becomes a calorie-burning machine. So if you couple collagen with a sensible, healthy diet, you should lose or maintain a healthy weight and feel great.
Catherine concludes: “Once you’ve started taking a collagen supplement, the health benefits are notable. Whether you are concentrating on the appearance of your skin, maintaining a healthy weight or overall wellbeing, taking a collagen supplement can help you reach your health goals and counteract the symptoms of menopause.”
Harvest Table has a wide range of collagen products that are available from www.harvesttable.co.za. Follow Catherine on Instagram: @whole_healthy_me.