Recently I have been adding collagen to my everyday routine and I have found a quick and easy way to enjoy your collagen supplement. A study was done recently found that women who took collagen hydrolysate (the peptide form) regularly for 8 weeks saw a 20% reduction in wrinkles! (1)
Benefits of Collagen –
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially type 1 collagen. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. – Dr. Axe
Collagen is a long-chain amino acid. This means that it is made up of Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Arginine and in nature is found exclusively in animal tissue, especially bones and connective tissue. I know this sounds gross, but isn’t any wierder than us eating meat.
Did you know that as we get older, our body slows its production of collagen? By supplementing with a powder, you are able to help replenish your body.
The most noticable difference is going to be in your skin and hair, but there are so many differenet benefits.
The Top 7 Benefits of Collagen according to Dr. Axe –
- Improves Health of Skin & Hair
- Reduces Joint Pains and Degenerates
- Helps Heal Leaky Gut
- Boosts Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy Output
- Strengthens Nails, Hair and Teeth
- Improves Liver Health
- Protects Cardiovascular Health
Something to be aware of when looking at different collagens is that there are several different types of collagen. Each type has a specific purpose in your body.
Type I – Helps form parts of the body, including tendons, ligaments, organs and skin.
Type II – Helps build cartilage.
Type III – Helps give skin its elasticity and firmness, also forms blood vessels and tissue within the heart.
Type IV – Helps form basal lamina, which is found in endothelial cells that form tissue that surround organs, muscles and fat.
Type V – Needed to make the surface of cells, as well as hair strands and tissue found in women’s placentas
Type X – New bone formation and forming articular cartilage.
Using Collagen –
One of the best things about collagen is it can easily be added to just about anything and won’t even be detected. Personally I add it to my coffee every morning, but can be added into any part of your breakfast or day. If you are a smoothie drinker then adding a scoop will help boost your smoothie even more. Or if you eat oatmeal in the morning add a scoop to it! You can even add to your muffins! Pretty much the possibilities are enless.