Time doesn’t seem to exist for people like Jennifer Aniston. I mean, if you caught the 52-year-old actress on the recent Friends reunion, you know that the years have been pretty good to her. But according to Aniston, it’s not all in the genes. There’s one supplement she credits for giving her that ageless glow: collagen powder.
It’s all about the collagen.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Aniston unveiled that she just signed on as the Chief Creative Officer of Vital Proteins. “I don’t want to be the face of something if it’s not a part of my daily routine. That’s really important to me,” she said, giving a nod to her daily collagen habit. In fact, the star says that after she started using collagen powder, she’s never looked back.
Aniston explained that collagen peptide supplements have been a part of her life for awhile now. She was first introduced to it by her functional medicine doctor seven years ago, and she saw results so quickly, it immediately became part of her daily routine. “My joints, my nails, my hair, my skin everything just started to improve,” she said.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it makes up our connective tissues, tendons, bones, ligaments, muscles, and organs like our skin. As we age, however, our stores of collagen and our ability to produce new collagen decreases. This leaves us with weaker joints and muscles as well as wrinkly, sagging skin. Adding collagen protein to one’s diet, as Aniston’s doctor explained, can help our tissues regenerate. Research has shown that collagen supplements can improve skin appearance and elasticity, reducing signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. And as it did for Aniston, it can even improve joint health and hair thickness!
Aniston starts her day with a collagen-infused coffee. She simply puts a scoop of her Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (Buy on Amazon, $14.99) into her morning coffee along with steamed almond milk, a little cinnamon, and a dash of stevia. Yum! And sometimes, she’ll refuel after a workout with a collagen-infused Vital Proteins Protein Bar (Buy on Amazon, $36).
Outside of her daily collagen, Aniston shared that prioritizing her mental health is vital to graceful aging. In that effort, she doesn’t check her phone during the first hour of the day, she meditates every morning, and she’s committed to keeping herself in the know with new developments in health and science.
Aniston also said that keeping a “pro-aging” mindset keeps her feeling young. “Yes, it’s great to be fit and look great. . . but it’s about your cells, your muscles, so we can grow old and thrive,” she emphasized. “What my mom used to say to me was, ‘This is about longevity. It’s a privilege to grow old, but we don’t have to grow sick.’ It’s just sort of been a theme in my life: to enjoy the age I am and not look at aging as a negative, but as the privilege that it is. We all age!”
Ain’t that the truth!