As you already know after reading some of my previous articles, hypothyroidism doesn’t treat hair and skin kindly. One of the symptoms of lack of thyroid hormone are: dry skin, thin nails and falling hair. There are many conditions which may have influence on that, but today I would like to focus on one, which has very much to do with nice skin and hair – the most abundant protein in the human body – collagen.
Basically collagen is a substance that holds the whole body together – it’s is in your bones, muscles, skin, tendons. Now some sad truth for some of us – after the age of 25, the production of this essential human protein slows at a rate of 1.5 percent each and every year. Lack of collagen may result in thin, brittle hair, nails, sagging, wrinkled skin and inflexible muscles.
Thyroid & collagen connection
In article from Dermato-endocrinology from 2011 titled Thyroid hormone action on skin (by Joshua D Safer), it has been proved that there are additional reported thyroid hormone actions on cultured skin fibroblasts include inhibiting synthesis of hyaluronic acid, fibronectin and collagen. It means that even if you are not yet 25 yrs old, your collagen production may already be slowed down by… your dear thyroid gland of course. What’s more, on hypothyroidmom.com we can read:
Low TSH or a hyperthyroid state can lead to an increased lifetime risk for fractures, even after TSH has become normal again. In children, a lack of thyroid hormones will affect normal growth. Adult hypothyroid and some Hashimoto’s patients tend to have higher than normal bone density. But, this higher density does not necessarily mean good bone quality: there may be issues with collagen, bone turnover, the size of mineral crystals and bone structure. So, even though the bones are more dense, these people may still be at risk for fractures because the bone quality is really poor.
Several studies show that a daily intake of 10g of collagen peptides for 4 to 24 weeks may increase bone mass density.
Keep calm and get some collagen
Where can you find it?
Bone broth – like chicken broth, you can make it yourself and eat in soup.
Supplements – there are many supplements available, like collagen protein powder. You can add it to your smoothie, soup, dessert. It doesn’t have any taste, so it doesn’t change taste of your favorite meals and drinks – I add my powder to water mixed with orange juice – because it has more vitamin C which makes collagen better absorbed. Just make sure you buy really natural collagen, the best absorbed types are type I and III.
It is also important to note that there are many factors that support the production and use of collagen in our body like: vitamin C which I mentioned above or foods high in antioxidants – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – they fight with ravaging free radicals and boost collagen in a natural way.
More benefits of collagen
Helps joints move easily (especially type II collagen)