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Natural Support for Collagen

Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibres in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, muscles and capillaries.

Natural Support for Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body – it is the protein that forms connective fibres in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, muscles and capillaries.

Lots of nutrients are needed to keep collagen healthy but recently attention has focused on a class of compounds called anthocyanidins that are the dark red pigments in fruit such as blackberries. Research has shown that anthocyanidins are highly active and can reinforce and preserve collagen in our bodies.

Some scientists are very excited by this as it helps to explain why fruit in our diet might be so beneficial to overall health. They have established that diets low in anthocyanidins are likely to result in damaged and leaky capillaries, so dark skinned fruit such as black grapes, cherries and blackberries can provide useful levels of anthocyanidin. The trouble is we just don’t eat enough of these foods to have a significant effect.

If you already think you have a problem with leaky capillaries then a concentrated supplement such as Colladeen® Original is ideal as a means of providing a convenient, reliable intake of these precious anthocyanidins.

Nature’s Best Colladeen® Original is one of the richest sources of anthocyanidins money can buy and is one of the top selling anthocyanidin products in the UK.

See below how they work in specific areas.

Puffy Eyes

If you feel that puffy eyes are making you look unrefreshed and tired no matter how much you sleep you are getting, finding a way to support the capillaries – the tiny blood vessels nourishing the skin around the eyes as elsewhere in the body could be useful. The capillaries allow fluids to move both ways across the vessel wall and if more fluid escapes than is reabsorbed then that fluid accumulates in the surrounding tissue – hence puffy eyes. The anthocyanidins in Colladeen® Original provide just that support.

Tops too Tight?

You might encounter bust size changes at certain times – some women notice differences in the pre-menstrual part of their cycles. This can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, can mean going up to a whole bra size or two as a result of fluid retention.

Trouser too Tight?

You may notice changes in the size of your tummy (abdomen) and, although not visible to others, this can lead to significant discomfort. Many women notice changes in the size of their tummy in the pre-menstrual part of their cycle, which again is caused by fluid retention.

Eye Health

Collagen is found in high concentrations in capillary walls so it’s no surprise to find that in the past, research has focused on bilberries – which are a rich source of anthocyanidins!

Seasonal 'Sneezes'

Some practitioners recommend a diet rich in fruit as a way to counter summer sneezes. This might work because anthocyanidins are thought to play a role in the processes associated with histamine release, the natural process by which the body responds to allergies.

Skin Tone

Collagen is responsible for the skin’s suppleness and firmness but it is easily destroyed by sunlight and free radicals. Also, enzymes, called collagenases, weaken our collagen as we age. Anthocyanidins are able to block the action of free radicals and the destructive enzymes thus protecting our natural collagen. This is why grapeseed extract is widely used on the Continent – it’s a rich source of anthocyanidins.

Mobility Problems

Compromised or weakened collagen is not necessarily a part of growing old. Diet plays a big part and everyone is now aware of the importance of vitamin C, fish oils and glucosamine. But anthocyanidins are also likely to be involved in protecting the collagen in joints from damage by free radicals.

Puffy Ankles

This can be caused by fluid retention, that is too much fluid escaping from the small, delicate blood vessels – the capillaries – in the body and remaining in tissues for too long. Anthocyanidins have been found to support and strengthen the capillary walls allowing them to function properly so fluid can be transported away from various parts of the body, including the ankles. 

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