Collagen is all the buzz these days, but if you are still a bit confused on what it is and if
you should be incorporating it into your daily nutrition we’re here to help.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in muscles, bones,
tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, nails and even blood vessels. It’s most commonly
recognized for playing a major role in our connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, etc.)
and can be thought of as the glue that holds our bones and muscles together. Collagen
synthesis naturally decreases with age making it important to consider boosting
collagen formation through supplementation.
There are several different nutritional forms of Collagen:
– Bovine (cartilage, bones, and hides from cows)
– Eggshell membrane
Collagen contains several essential and non-essential amino acids such as Proline,
Glycine, Glutamine, and Arginine which have numerous benefits for our bodies.
- Improving the health of our skin, hair and hails. It’s often touted as an anti-aging
tool helping skin to keep its elasticity and look firm. Collagen can help in reducing
cellulite and stretch marks. You will often see collagen boosting agents in skin
- Improving joint pain. Collagen helps improve the gliding properties of our tissue,
like greasing a rusty door hinge
- Helping with digestion. For people suffering from digestive upset collagen can be
a great tool. It helps to break down proteins and soothes the gut lining preventing
leaky gut. The amino acids proline and glycine found in collagen, in particular,
help to build the lining of the colon/ GI tract which in turn boosts the absorption
and assimilation of nutrients creating a positive feedback loop.
- Collagen can help to boost metabolism. The amino acid content (Proline,
Glycine, Arginine, Glutamine etc.) can improve lean muscle mass and assist in
fat burning/assist in muscle repair and recovery.
- Collagen can help to boost our natural detoxification, specifically Glycine, which
helps to cleanse the liver.
Now that you know the many benefits of using collagen, here are a few sources that you
can use to incorporate this amazing substance into your diet.
- Bone broth (Beef or Chicken)
- Chicken Cartilage
- Take a Collagen supplement or powder (Biosteel Sport Collagen – A mixture of bovine and marine Collagen)