Collagen, a protein, is the main component of the connective tissue that forms different parts of the body such as tendons, ligaments, muscles and also skin.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, collagen helps form a fibrous network of cells known as fibroblasts on which new cells can grow. It plays an important role in the replacement and restoration of dead cells. Some collagens also act as protective covers for delicate organs like the kidneys.
However, collagen production can decline with age. Leading to social media, Virasat Actor Pooja Batra also drew attention to the same. The 44-year-old wrote: “After your mid-20s, your existing collagen breaks down, collagen production slows, your body produces less and lower-quality collagen.”
However, the rate of collagen decline can be reduced and even recovered through exercise, shared Batra. “Exercise actually supports collagen production.”
He added: “Exercise indirectly increases skin thickness and helps collagen production by increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Increasing this protein helps keep skin firm, supple and elastic. ”
This has also been corroborated by other experts. For example, Amy Dixon, a Los Angeles-based exercise physiologist, told dailyhealth.com in a 2014 interview that exercise increases collagen production, which, in turn, benefits the skin.
Studies have also shown that moderate to vigorous exercise results in visibly younger skin by helping to reverse some of the changes in skin cells, such as loss of elasticity.
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