What exactly is Collagen, and why are you hearing this buzz word everywhere you go? What does it do, and how can you incorporate it into your day to ensure you are reaping its benefits?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our 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 all have numerous benefits for our bodies;
Improves the health of our skin, hair and hails: Collagen is often touted as an anti-aging tool, known to help skin keep its elasticity and look firm. Collagen may help in reducing cellulite and stretch marks. You will often see collagen boosting agents in skin care products.
Helps with digestion: For people suffering from digestive upset, collagen can be a great tool. It helps break down proteins and soothes the gut lining – preventing leaky gut. The amino acids known as proline and glycine found in collagen help build the lining of the colon/ GI tract, which in turn boosts the absorption and assimilation of nutrients creating a positive feedback loop.
Helps boost your metabolism: The amino acid content (Proline, Glycine, Arginine, Glutamine etc.) may improve lean muscle mass and assist in fat burning/assist in muscle repair and recovery.
Helps boost our natural detoxification: The amino acid Glycine often 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 (BioSteel’s Sports Collagen has a mixture of bovine and marine Collagen)
- Take a Collagen Protein Powder (BioSteel’s Natural Collagen Whey Protein is a combination of whey concentrate and collagen hydrolysate designed to help you meet your daily protein needs while promoting joint health)