By the time you are 21, your collagen levels will have begun to decrease at the rate of 1% per year. The average woman will experience a 7% decrease in skin thickness every 10 years. At menopause, the average woman undergoes a loss of 30% of their skin’s collagen in the first five years. The loss of collagen is associated with increased fine lines and wrinkles, duller skin, weaker nails, and thinner, weaker hair.
Our bodies are made of 30% collagen. In skin, it’s 70% collagen. In cartilage it’s 70%, hair is 90% and bones are 30%. When there is not enough collagen, skin becomes wrinkly, joints are subject to damage and bones are more likely to be brittle. Essential for collagen formation are vitamin C as well as the amino acids l-proline and l-lysine
Biosil. A specific kind of silica known as choline stabilized orthosilic acid (also called Biosil) is uniquely effective for raising collagen levels. When women were given Biosil, they experience a decrease in wrinkle depth of 30% over the placebo, as well as an increase of skin elasticity of 89%. They also underwent significant improvement in nail strength and hair strength.
In a pilot study for hair loss, 94% of subjects experienced Biosil induced hair growth, with 66% of respondents noting that the results were visible by the second month. Improvement in texture and body was noted.
Biotin. Another nutrient that is involved in the health of our nails and hair is the b vitamin Biotin. A deficiency can lead to brittle, thinner nails and hair loss. A high potency supplement of this vitamin can easily correct this.
Carotenoids. In the most current research, the carotenoids astaxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin have shown to promote healthier and younger looking skin while also providing protection from the sun. An additional benefit is protection for your eyes.
- Astaxanthin. The most powerful antioxidant of the major carotenoids has a unique ability to protect all cell membrane layers at the same time. Sun burn exposure time with astaxanthin intake was increased 20%. It also reduces inflammation which can contribute to skin aging. Sources are algae derived extract or Krill (1.5% and the most efficient form). Recommended dose 4-12 mg. per day.
- Lutein & Zeaxanthin. Provides protection from UV radiation. Recent research showed 10mg of Floraglo Lutein increased elasticity 8%, hydration 30% and superficial oils 30%. Sources are dark greens and marigold (Floraglo extract). Recommended dose 10 mg per day.
- Lycopene. Double the UV protection of beta carotene. Dose 10-15 mg.