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What is Collagen?

Collagen is the main structural protein of tendons, bone, connective tissue and skin. This protein naturally decreases with age, leading to wrinkles  Collagen is also an important part of tissue healing.
 

How can you increase your collagen?

Collagen has become a popular supplement and skincare ingredient. Unfortunately, when applied to the skin externally this molecule is too large to pass through the skin barrier?.

When collagen is taken internally as a supplement or as part of food it is digested into peptides and amino acids in the small intestine. These building blocks are then absorbed into the body tissue and taken through the bloodstream to the cells that need them. 

The use of collagen supplements has been shown to improve skin elasticity. Collagen supplements have been postulated to improve the production of collagen dermal fibroblasts which are the cells responsible for collagen production.

Edgemont Naturopathic Clinic is introducing an IV which is designed to support natural collagen production. The IV does not contain collagen itself, what it does include is a combination of the building blocks and nutrients that support collagen formation and skin health. 

Key IV ingredients:

L-Lysine, L-Glycine, L-Proline

  • These 3 amino acids are the building blocks of collagen

Zinc

  • This important mineral is involved in DNA and protein synthesis. It plays an important role in wound healing and immune function. Research has found it may be useful for treating brittle nails, acne vulgaris and more

Vitamin C

  • This vitamin is essential for the creation of collagen. It is necessary for creating the blueprint for collagen, mRNA and for joining small pieces of protein together to form the structure.

Selenium

  • It is an important cofactor for glutathione peroxidase, making it an antioxidant. Antioxidants can help to prevent collagen breakdown.  It may be useful for treating burns, which shows potential in wound healing. 

We offer IV minute consultations with a licensed naturopathic doctor to review whether an IV is the right choice for you.