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WHAT DOES IT DO? COLLAGEN

It’s been touted as a miracle ingredient to improve signs of ageing and can help with painful joints. But what’s so special about collagen? We investigate

What is it?

A type of protein that knits and holds together your body’s tissues, collagen is found everywhere from bones and tendons to your heart and your hair. And it has been made famous for its role in skin suppleness, firmness and cell renewal, making it something of a wonder ingredient in supplements and skin creams.

Found exclusively in animals, it’s the most abundant protein in the body and is synthesised when we break down dietary amino acids from protein-rich foods like dairy, mycoprotein (Quorn) and firm tofu with a dose of vitamin C to help connect the collagen-forming amino acids. And, if you ever wondered why hair gets less glossy and we get a little ‘baggier’ as we age, here’s a piece of the puzzle: collagen production slows after we hit around 25 and takes a further knock after menopause. It’s also affected by exposure to UV rays, pollution and smoking, meaning everything becomes less elastic (and why ‘a hard life’ can show).

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.