Japanese women have long been admired for their beautiful skin. Smooth and healthy, their complexions seem to be ageless, remaining even-toned and wrinkle-free even as they age into their 40's and 50's, and beyond.
Japanese women credit a variety of factors for their ability to age so gracefully, including a well-balanced diet, exercise, keeping stress to a minimum, and protecting and caring for the skin. This last factor is especially important, since the majority of the damage that our skin suffers is due to external forces, including over-exposure to the sun and environmental pollution.
Fighting Nature with ... Nature?
Natural medicine is a very important part of culture in Japan and throughout Asia. Natural extracts, oils and creams are applied to the skin, hair and nails to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect. Many natural substances are also ingested as foods or supplements. In many cases, ingesting certain nutrients and substances is better than simply applying them topical, since the entire body can benefit.
Japanese culture has embraced supplementation as a step in improving and maintaining their overall health and preserving their youth and beauty. Vitamins and botanicals have always been popular, as have more unusual substances such as powdered pearls. One of the more popular ingestible supplements that has been gaining in popularity in Japan and throughout Asia is liquid collagen.
Keeping it Together with Collagen
Skin, tendons, and ligaments all contain high concentrations of a protein called collagen. Collagen is a very abundant protein in the human body; the skin alone is made of almost 70% collagen. If you are familiar at all with anti-aging treatments, you've probably heard of collagen and perhaps even used topical products containing it. But why is collagen so important to keeping the skin youthful? Collagen
functions throughout the body as a kind of structural framework for cell production and renewal. When we are children, our collagen levels are at their highest, which is why we are so flexible and have such smooth, plump skin. As we age, though, collagen production slows down and, by the time we reach our late 20's, production has completely stopped. As collagen slowly begins to decline, and as external factors chip away at the remaining collagen in our bodies, the effects of the loss begin to show. Our joints become stiffer, our injuries heal more slowly, and our skin begins to lose elasticity and smooth, youthful appearance.
Collagen is now an ingredient in many anti-aging creams, and it has also been used as an injection by dermatologists for decades. One of the newest forms of collagen supplementation is liquid collagen, a drinkable form of this important protein that may actually help boost any remaining collagen production in the body.
Introducing ... Liquid Collagen!
Liquid collagen, also known as
or hydrolyzed collagen, has been slowly making its way from Asia into Europe and the United States. This drinkable form of collagen protein is sourced from either animals or fish, with fish being considered the highest quality because it is easier for the body to absorb more completely. Collagen drinks, such as
LAC Taut collagen drink
, contain a number of antioxidants and vitamins that work with the collagen to maximize its positive effects on the body.
Liquid collagen supplements help to improve the levels of collagen in the body that deplete as we age. Consuming liquid collagen supplements has been shown to improve the condition of the skin all over the body, improving the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face and neck. Liquid collagen also benefits the hair and nails.
Liquid collagen supplementation can also benefit your body's ability to function physically, strengthening connective tissues throughout the body and reducing joint pain and stiffness. Wisdom from the East
Aging is a part of life, one that cannot be avoided. It can, however, be made decidedly more pleasant and enjoyable. The Japanese, like many in Asia, have taken this approach to aging, finding ways to maintaining their beauty and vitality that are universally beneficial to the body as a whole. Working with nature and embracing natural supplementation, Japanese women have embraced supplements in every form, including ingestible and liquid forms, to get the most benefit out of each. Though the quest for the "Fountain of Youth" took place in the West, it is from the East that the true secret weapon in fighting aging and preserving youth has emerged: