But there are so many more options available. I'm a huge advocate of consuming liquids that can enhance our external beauty. Among some of my favorites are bamboo tea for strong hair & nails, lemon water for internal detox, green smoothies as a nutritional powerhouse and collagen rich drinks.
I fell in love with the idea of collagen drinks after watching an Oprah segment where they touted liquid collagen as all the rage in Asian countries. Women of all ages drank this stuff non-stop in order to preserve their plump, youthful skin. I was sold. It didn't take me long before I ordered collagen supplements, powder and even experimented with bottled drinks. I did notice a difference when I first introduced collagen supplements into my regimen and it's been a staple ever since.
But in the back of my mind, I've wondered if there was a way to get liquid collagen from a natural source. Perhaps drinking collagen from an all natural source would allow our bodies to better absorb it. This morning I learned about a new collagen source proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and I can't wait to share it with you.
Let me just say that this source of collagen is easy to access. Unlike bone broth which can sometimes be hard to find and expensive to maintain in your regimen.
According to researchers, a group of 30 women (age 45 and older) all experienced a significant reduction in wrinkles after consuming aloe vera gel for 90 days. These 30 women were divided into 2 groups for the study. Group A consumed a higher dose of aloe vera than Group B. Although all the women enjoyed a reduction facial wrinkles and increased skin elasticity, the higher dose group experienced a decline in a gene-expression that degrades collagen. Not only did they enjoy younger looking skin, they successfully reduced the gene responsible for the demise of our precious collagen. All thanks to the help of the amazing aloe plant.
Within the last week, I've had conversations with 2 people (both in their 20's) who were shocked when I told them my age. I'm sure genetics plays a role in it, but let's not forget that I've been experimenting with "eternal youth" supplementation for a while now. Even if you haven't hit the age yet were wrinkles and aging are a concern, it's good to start early to promote youth for as long as possible.
I'm not a big fan of consuming aloe directly from the plant (although my father has been urging me to do this for years). I'm more of an "aloe drink" kinda gal. Unfortunately, many of the aloe drinks I like to enjoy are laced with sugar. But, armed with this new information, I'm ready to give the aloe plant a try again. I'm also grateful that aloe vera gel dietary supplements on the market. By the way, wrinkle reduction is just one of the many benefits of aloe. It's practically a superfood because of the many ways it helps the body.
So yeah, from this day forward, aloe vera juice is officially a staple. Especially as winter approaches. I have a feeling that aloe can help the body retain internal moisture and I'm all for that. Aloe will be my new best friend from now on.