Protein plays a large role in the health and integrity of hair, skin, and nails.
Collagen is a protein that makes up 70% of our skin’s composition.
Collagen is the most abundant protein that the body provides and it is present in the connective tissues we rely on to maintain joint mobility. There are even some forms of collagen that are stronger than steel! Premature wrinkles might be a sign of a protein deficiency. Collagen greatly declines in the body with age, making it an essential nutrient for women.
From the age of 20 onward less than one percent of collagen is produced in the dermis every year. Collagen stores begin to decline around the age of 30 and collagen is no longer produced when we reach our forties. After 50, collagen in the skin declines by 40%.
Without the structure of collagen, we begin to show signs of age quickly.
Physical beauty is very revealing of protein deficiencies. Hair is also made of a protein called keratin, which promotes shiny, strong, and healthy looking hair.
Written by: Dr Deodat Du Plessis