The link between Manuka honey and collagen

The link between Manuka honey and collagen

You have probably heard of collagen, especially if it is in connection with ageing and skin care.

It’s true, collagen plays an important role in the youthful appearance of the skin, however, collagen is also found in bones, tendons, blood vessels, cartilage, and connective tissues. It is a protein which provides structure and support to body tissues and is a key component contributing to joint health, cardiovascular health and the health of important organs like your kidneys.

Collagen also makes up 75% of the skin’s support structure and contributes to its elasticity and strength.

Unfortunately, collagen depletes with ageing. Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors can speed up the depletion process. This can lead to the formation of wrinkles, dry and sagging skin, and loss of elasticity, prompting people to look for collagen products such as supplements and topical creams.

While many skincare products boast anti-ageing properties, Manuka honey is a natural substance that has shown to have many skin care benefits, including reducing fine lines and wrinkles and promoting the production of collagen.

How Manuka honey boosts collagen

Manuka honey has high levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), an anti-bacterial compound and the magic ingredient that makes Manuka special.

Studies show that methylglyoxal increases the molecular weight of collagen which is suggestive of collagen cross-linking—resulting in better structure of collagen in skin cells.

Collagen is made of amino acids, and the three main amino acids are proline, glycine and hydroxyproline. These amino acids group together to form a triple helix shape, which combines with other collagen molecules in the skin to form a mesh-like structure. While amino acids are the building blocks of collagen, they also protect collagen.

The high levels of MGO and natural amino acids and other nutrients found in Manuka promote tissue regeneration and cellular regeneration of amino acids, thus regenerating and protecting collagen. More collagen means firmer looking skin and better elasticity.

Manuka honey may also be responsible for inhibiting the loss of collagen, thus reducing wrinkles and sagging skin.

How to use Manuka honey as an anti-ageing agent

Manuka honey can be used as a face mask. Apply a thick layer and leave it on for 20 minutes.

The Manuka honey mask is a strong humectant that draws moisture back to the skin, giving your skin its natural glow. Th low pH levels in Manuka act as a natural cleanser and balances out your skin’s pH while the natural compounds in the honey neutralise free radicals that reduce oxidative stress and keeps your skin from ageing prematurely.

The best type of honey for your face is the one rated 10% or higher on the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) scale.

You can use Manuka honey as it is or mix with other products such as olive oil or turmeric to make a mask. However, it’s best to test the mask for reactions on a small surface of your skin before applying it on your face.

If you have any chronic conditions such as diabetes, you must consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before using Manuka honey.

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