Collageena and Aging
As you age, your body produces less amino acids (protein building
blocks) required to make collagen -- the quality of collagen in
your skin, joints and other areas of your body is weakened. Over
time, collagen fibers lose their moist texture and become rigid.
Much of this damage is caused by free radicals -- unstable molecules
created when oxygen is used by your body. These dangerous pieces
of molecular debris attach to collagen, causing individual fibers
to cross link, or latch onto one another. As collagen strands
bind together, they become thicker and more unyielding to movement.
Cross-linked collagen is the basis for wrinkles and loss of skin
elasticity. In fact, free radicals are believed by many research
scientists to be the bottom line cause of premature aging.