Let’s face it… we all battle a dimple or two (or a hundred) on our backside. The condition is so common, we’ve even given it a catchy little name: Cellulite. But what is cellulite, why do we get it, and can collagen supplements really help us avoid it? The answers to these questions lie deep within our connective tissue.
Simply put, cellulite forms when fat cells start to push through connective tissue. This happens predominately in the hips and thigh area. It’s what causes that lumpy, or “orange peel” effect. Women are more prone to cellulite, and it can get worse as we age. Interestingly, even “skinny” people can have a problem with it. No matter the size of your fat cells, they can still show through weakened connective tissue. So, could the key to reducing the appearance of cellulite be strengthening connective tissue? Yes!
In our skin, connective tissue forms a sort of scaffolding that holds everything together. It’s made up predominantly of collagen fibers. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body…and it makes up 75% of our skin! Did you know that, for women, once you hit age 21 it’s all downhill in the collagen department? From that point forward, we lose approximately 1% of our collagen every year and we never get it back. Additionally, our natural collagen production slows down as we age, so we are left with sparse, lax connective tissue. Perfect conditions for cellulite to form, not to mention saggy, wrinkled skin.
Here’s the good news: there is a way to strengthen connective tissue by boosting your body’s natural collagen producing mechanism with collagen supplements AND protecting collagen fibers from free radical damage with a targeted antioxidant regimen. In a clinical study, 114 women aged 45-65 were given 2.5g of Verisol® Bioactive Collagen Peptides for 4-8 weeks. They showed a 65% increase in procollagen I, the precursor to actual collagen production. This means that this particular collagen supplement literally pushed their bodies to start making a large amount of new collagen! That leads to stronger connective tissue which then leads to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. I also mentioned antioxidant support. When it comes to preserving collagen, this is a vitally important step. Free radicals, those pesky little mutant molecules, LOVE to eat up collagen fibers. Antioxidants reduce free radical damage, thereby protecting the collagen you still have and the new collagen you are now building.
So what products to use? Of course, we are obsessed with Glotrition’s Collagen Peptide Drink Mix. Each daily serving contains 2.5 grams of Verisol® (the exact amount used in the clinical study) AND a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants for maximum collagen protection. Just add a packet to water once a day. It tastes like a delicious berry Sweet-Tart, and it helps you to easily get your daily intake of water to stay hydrated…another key component to healthy skin