Collagen is a protein found in the skin, arteries, muscles, tendons, soft tissue and the skin of the digestive tract and respiratory tract.
In fact, collagen is the body’s most abundant protein!
As we age, we start producing less collagen. This lack of collagen starts to show up in age-related skin concerns that also affects muscle-joint elasticity and flexibility, arterial health, leaky gut, respiratory concerns, immunity, energy, and heart issues.
Today, bone broth recipes and collagen-rich protein powders and supplements aim to replenish depleted collagen.
There are heaps of expensive collagen-rich skin creams on the market, but what many are unaware of is that the collagen in these formulas is too big of a molecule to actually penetrate the skin’s phospholipid layer—so they just sit on top of the skin.
The Ayurvedic Secret to Boosting Natural Collagen Production
Brahmi has become popular in many skin creams to support healthy skin with natural collagen production.
Feeding the body with collagen precursors or stimulators makes great sense, but is better accomplished from the inside out, rather than from the outside in.
Ben Fuchs, the natural pharmacist who helped me create my Ayurvedic skin care line years ago, once told me that 80 percent of one’s outer skin health depends on the health of their inner skin that lines the gut.
Brahmi, which graces LifeSpa’s Royal Glow Moisturizer, contains triterpenoid and asiaticoside compounds that help the body naturally synthesize collagen proteins. (1,4)
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Studies found that brahmi supports the type of healthy collagen production that maintains the health of arteries in the circulatory system. (2)
Similar findings discovered that constituents in brahmi stimulate supports the body’s natural production of brain-cleaning enzymes. (3)
While there are many constituents in brahmi (triterpenoids, asiaticosides, brahmosides and brahminosides) that help to explain its 2000-year-old name, “The Miracle Elixir of Life,” boosting the natural production of age-defying collagen is, in part, responsible for brahmi’s ability to boost memory and cognitive function, promote mood stability, and support cardiovascular health and the health of the intestinal and respiratory inner skin.
Brahmi has also been shown to boost natural secretion in the stomach, which supports healthy mucus production. It has also been linked to decreased cell shedding in the intestinal wall, suggesting it fortifies the mucosal intestinal barrier. (4)
I love this herb so much that I grow my own in my garden annually! Brahmi has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves. Every morning while I am picking my greens for breakfast, you will find me nibbling on a few brahmi leaves.