Collagen Production

Written by Serena Berger
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Everyone who is concerned with wrinkles knows that a lack of collagen is somehow to blame for all those pesky lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. Sadly, most people who are desperate to fight the emergence of wrinkles or who want to make theirs go away will jump on any product (especially the expensive ones) which claims to boost collagen production. If you sort through all of the impressive scientific language and advertising rhetoric, however, you will find that no cosmetic product can replace lost collagen or alter your natural collagen production.

As with all of our bodies' functions which slow down as we age, collagen production diminishes over time. There a number of factors which contribute to our bodies telling the appropriate cells to make collagen. In some cases, you have been told that these factors when naturally present or somehow added to your system will promote collagen production, but you may not realize that they will not do much, if anything, if present without all of the other necessary factors.

The Components of Collagen Production

Vitamin C, for example, is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, but no amount of ascorbic acid supplements will miraculously instigate this biological process. Similarly, you need to have enough copper in your system to make collagen, but you have to be extremely careful not to overdose, as copper is potentially toxic. There are also a couple of amino acids which are necessary, but alone are not sufficient to get collagen formation kicked into high gear.

The bottom line is that there are hormones and growth factors which serve as signal molecules which tell the body to try to produce collagen. Then, if it has all the necessary ingredients, it will do so. Younger people manufacture more signaling molecules, which is a big reason why younger people have more collagen. Of course, younger people have also not been smoking or hanging out in the sun too much, which are even more powerful inhibitors of collagen production than the basic and inevitable aspects of aging.

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