Skin is first and foremost the body’s protective barrier, and its integrity is essential to overall health. In this lecture, Dr. Tina Kaczor will discuss how collagen peptides can be part of a plan for healthy skin. Collagen may be best-known as a determinant of wrinkles in the skin, a consequence of the loss of elasticity when collagen gets damaged. The state of a person’s skin has long been used as a proxy for internal functions, a visible measure of the health status of a person. In short, healthy skin conveys the resilience of the body, a representation of inner youthfulness. Fortunately, damage to collagen is a process that can be minimized with proper nutrition and possibly slowed with select supplements such as collagen peptides.
- Review the general structure and function of collagen in the body.
- Explain the role of nutrients in the synthesis of collagen in humans.
- Describe how collagen damage affects the elasticity of the skin.
- Define the challenge of ingesting large collagen peptides as a supplement.
- Demonstrate how small molecular weight collagen-derived peptides have shown to be effective.
Tina N. Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and the creator of Round Table Cancer Care. She is a naturopathic physician board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine and completed her residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She is also the editor of the Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Kaczor is co-founder of The Cancer Pod, a podcast for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and everyone in between.