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What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein found in the skin, arteries, muscles, tendons, soft tissue and the skin of the digestive and respiratory tracts.
In fact, collagen is the body’s most abundant protein!
As we age, we produce less collagen. This lack of collagen starts to show up in age-related skin concerns and it also affects muscle-joint elasticity and flexibility, arterial health, gut health, respiratory concerns, immunity, energy, and heart issues.
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The Ayurvedic Secret to Boosting Natural Collagen Production
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 too, 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.
Brahmi has become popular in many skin creams to support healthy skin with natural collagen production, but still, it’s better to feed the body with collagen-boosters 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% of one’s outer skin health depends on the health of their inner skin, especially the skin that lines the gut.
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The Science Behind Brahmi, or Gotu Kola
Some research has found that brahmi supports the type of healthy collagen production that maintains the health of arteries in the circulatory system.
Similar research findings have revealed that constituents in brahmi stimulate the body’s natural production of brain-cleaning enzymes.
The many beneficial constituents in brahmi (triterpenoids, asiaticosides, brahmosides, and brahminosides) help to explain why brahmi has been called the miracle elixir of life. Not only does it boost the natural production of age-defying collagen, it is also known 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 support healthy mucus production in the stomach, which is linked to decreased cell shedding in the intestinal wall and a healthy digestive tract.
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.