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Can Supplements Stimulate Collagen Growth?

author image Amy Neuzil, N.D.
Based in Austin, Texas, Naturopathic Doctor Amy Neuzil specializes in weight loss, woman's health and mental disorders. She has frequent radio appearances and appeared on the TV series "The Genesis of Healing." She has been consulted for "Natural Health Magazine" and "Health Talk." Her first book, "DIY Health: For Women" was published in 2009.
Can Supplements Stimulate Collagen Growth?
Catechins from green tea can help to stimulate collagen growth. Photo Credit green tea image by Sergey Minaev from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, making up about one quarter of all of your protein based tissues. According to the Protein Data Bank website, collagen forms the matrix for your bones, strengthens your tendons and gives resilience and support to the skin and internal organs. When collagen is depleted or not being formed properly, you start to see skin sagging and wrinkles, spongy gums and loose teeth as in scurvy, and even dry, brittle bones.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is absolutely necessary for collagen formation in your body, and according to the Protein Dat Bank website, the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency, also called scurvy, happen because without vitamin C, new collagen can't grow to repair the damage caused by everyday activities. Vitamin C deficiency shows up as spongy gums with loose teeth and easy bruising.

Green Tea Catechins

Catechins are the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory components of green tea. They have also been found to stimulate healthy maturing of collagen fibers and proper collagen fiber orientation in wound healing. A study in the "American Journal of Pathology" showed that green tea catechins can help your body to build collagen more effectively.

Amino Acids Lysine and Proline

Collagen is made out of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline, which are in turn made out of the amino acids lysine and proline. "The Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology" reported that the maximum collagen enhancing benefits were found when lysine, proline, vitamin C and green tea catechins were all used together.

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