Collagen can act as an antioxidant and fight damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals develop in the body as a result of stress, air pollution, smoking, poor diet, alcohol, and other environmental influences. As we age, the body defense against free radicals decreases making us more susceptible to hair damage. To fight free radicals and promote healthy hair, the body needs antioxidants. Collagen has antioxidant properties; collagen may be able to fight cell damage and slow graying.
Hair graying is largely influenced by genetics, free radicals can also damage the cells that produce the hair pigment. As we age the production of melanin pigments start to die, so a diet that is rich in antioxidants can slow down the greying process.
Collagen is primarily made up of 3 nonessential amino acids: proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline. Proline is the main component of keratin. Therefore, consuming proline-rich collagen should provide the body with the building blocks needed to create healthy hair.
Collagen, especially from fish scales, have powerful antioxidant activity. To help reclaim our lost collagen, first and most importantly through healthy diet rich in protein. In addition, vitamin C, zinc, copper, and magnesium, all are required to build collagen.
- Bone broth is a very good source of amino acids and minerals.
- Hydrolyzed collagen powder as a supplement is another source of collagen too.
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