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)
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 care products.
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)
Take a Collagen supplement or powder (Biosteel Sports Collagen – A mixture of bovine and marine Collagen)