Collagen Generation – the Key to Goddess-Like Beauty

When Athena gave Penelope the elixir of the gods in Homer’s Odyssey, the effects of years were stripped away. She appeared radiant and youthful to everyone around her.

We may not know about any magical elixir. But in recent years, collagen has become known as possessing almost mythical benefits for skin.

And not without reason.

Collagen at the core

Collagen, the most abundant protein in your body, consists of fibers that are organized into a texture-rich surface in the middle layer of your skin. These fibers are incredibly strong. According to a 2021 paper in ScienceDirect, they have a tensile strength “greater than that of stainless steel of comparable diameter”.

Incredible! Strengthening these collagen fibers results in smooth, firm, and well-hydrated skin.

Collagen plays an important role in many other parts of the body too. From connective tissues like ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and mucus membranes, to the hydration levels in your body, collagen’s involved in all of it. On top of that, you’ll find a lot of collagen in ligaments, tendons, and bones.

So collagen’s benefits for your beauty and health are no mere myth. The tragedy is, however, that as you age, collagen production in your body decreases.

Gaining in years, losing in collagen

Your body is constantly in a process of renewal; breaking down, remaking, and replacing its collagen-based tissues. As you age, however, this process slows down. By the age of 21, you begin to lose about 1% of the collagen in your body each year! We’re all familiar with the results: wrinkles, sagging skin, decreased flexibility, lack of mobility, and... decreased confidence.

So if collagen is so important for healthy skin, and you’re constantly losing collagen, how do you get more of it?

Collagen Supplements

Jodi Sanders, biologist, and the Education Specialist for Biosil®, recommends starting early with supplementing your collagen production.

“Take steps to prevent collagen loss. I recommend beginning to take preventative steps at 21. Protect your existing collagen while taking steps to generate more!”

Luckily, there are several options to do this.

You could use collagen supplements that you simply apply topically.

Unfortunately, the effectiveness of topical collagen products is limited. “Sometimes, it may work, other times, it may not”, says Connecticut-based, board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara.

You could also ingest. One supplement that has garnered particular attention lately is collagen peptides.

Should We All Be Popping Collagen Peptides?

Collagen peptides are small pieces of collagen protein from an animal source like bovine, fish, chicken, and egg. They are a source of the amino acids needed for collagen formation. So it’s no surprise that many people are looking to peptide supplements to help their bodies generate more collagen.

But is it a silver bullet for collagen generation? The short answer is no. Because as you ingest collagen peptides, you also digest them, simply making them another protein food source.

There is another way to go! Biosil® is unique in its ability to activate the enzymes in your body that produce and protect your own collagen. Biosil’s active ingredient, ch-OSA®, activates the body's production of collagen, elastin, and keratin. Simultaneously, it protects existing collagen and elastin from damage. And the best part? Clinical trials have found that taking ch-OSA® has noticeable effects all over the body, including skin, hair, nails, joints, and bones. Far from another tall story, Biosil® is proven to work. It may not have come from the gods, like Penelope’s. Biosil® came from scientists, and frankly, in this day and age, we like that better.