Have you ever looked at the ingredients in one of your body lotions or even in a supplement in your health store? It is one of the ingredients used in many product in the health industry.
Collagen is the one we are talking about and is is also one of the most found proteins in our body.
Collagen is a protein that is found in our body in large quantities.
This Collagen protein is found in:
- Blood vessels
- Digestive system
When we are talking about the collagen in our joints and tendons we can say that this is the “glue” that will keep our body together.
For our skin it is replacing dead skin cells and will help our skin to stay strong and elastically.
Collagen and getting older
The production of collagen slows down in a natural way when we are getting older.
Remember how easy it was to bend and do things when you were younger?
There are other signs of this aging process like wrinkles and join pain that are caused by the decreased production of collagen.
Other problems are of course the other factors in our life like eating too much unhealthy sugar sugar in our diet and smoking.
A healthy diet and life style should always be our first choice and if we look at collagen related illnesses these are most commonly related to a mixture of genetic defects, nutritional deficiency and problem with our digestive system that is affecting how we produce collagen.
What is collagen good for?
After reading the first part it is easy to understand that collagen are very good for us.
I can help us improve or slow down the effects of
- Joint pain
- Hair- nails and teeth
- Good for your liver
- Help to keep your arteries clean
- Reduces the shocks in our joints
That icky feeling in your legs that makes them feel stiff is probably caused by losing the collagen.
You joints are not moving so easy anymore and it is getting harder to get around.
It might sound strange but collagen are also found in our hair, nails and even our teeth.
Splitting nails and even hair loss is related to the reduced production and intake of collagen.
Our liver is our main organ for detoxing and getting rid of toxins. Collagen contains glycine and this helps your liver stay in a good shape and will help it absorbing and neutralizing the toxins.
Collagen contains a substance called acid proline. This help your arteries to let the fat go and release it in the blood steam. We all know by now that this is good for our cardiovascular health.
Proline does not only help with our arteries it also helps with tissue repair in our joints.
It works as a buffer and a shock absorbent and protects us from pain while we are walking.
More about collagen
It is not a common fact that there are 16 (or even more) types of collagen that we have in our body.
80 to 90% of the collagen in our body is called the type 1,2 and 3 collagen. According to research (http://www.bu.edu/aldolase/biochemistry/html_docs/CollagenTypes&Disorders.pdf) type 1 collagen is the most found in our body.
How to improve the intake of collagen
Our main source of collagen comes from high protein food and this includes the one in the meat from.
- Egg shell membranes
I guess the last one is new to you since it was to me also.
Each collagen of these sources have their own specific types of collagen starting with type 1 and going up.
Since we need all types of collagen it is important to eat a variety of foods.
Here is our advice on improving collagen intake.
- Make and drink bone broth
- Use bone breath in your recipes
- Take collagen supplements
- Eat a balanced diet
Collagen and Gelatin
Some people use the word collagen and gelatin and reason is that gelatin comes from collagen.
One of the easiest examples is taking advantage of the benefits that bone broth has. The bones of animals are loaded with collagen and all their benefits. When we simmer the bones for many hours these collagen are broken down in gelatin.
Since in our modern lives there is not always time to cook the way we should cook, and making bone broth is a time consuming thing to do, we have picked some products that will help you improve the intake of collagen and gelatin.
Compared to collagen and gelatin, collagen peptides are easier to digest and absorb in our system.
Although this could mean that you should prefer to use them it is my opinion important to use all three of them. The collagen and gelatin contain other very valuable parts that we also need in our system.
If you have to choose than I suggest to start with collagen peptides and we have some recommendations here.
Here is a video from Dr. Axe where he is talking about the health benefits of collagen peptides.
Our opinion about collagen, gelatin and collagen peptides
The best way to get all nutrients we need on a daily basis is a healthy, organic diet with a variety of animal and plant based protein. I know that many people believe we should stick to an all plant based diet, but I have a different opinion.
If you do not have the time or desire to do a lot of cooking and like to add some good value to your diet try to use bone broth and add it to your meals or just as a drink. This will give you some of the easier to digest gelatin’s. For even more power it is a good idea to buy some collagen peptides that are available in pill form, organic, capsules and protein shakes.