Collagen, A Recipe for Good Health

Adding collagen to your diet is a recipe for aging gracefully

Collagen is known to:

  • Improve Skin & Hair

  • Strengthen Hair & Nails

  • Repair Joints

  • Help the Body Detox

  • Boost Metabolism

  • Help Repair Leaky Gut

  • Reduce Cellulite/Stretch Marks

What is Collagen?

Type 1 Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It is the "glue" that holds the body together.

Why do we need a collagen supplement?

Our body produces less collagen as we age, thus wrinkles and stretch marks start to appear on the skin. A diet high in sugars can deplete collagen levels as well. Increasing consumption of collagen rich foods and adding a supplement may be something you wish to consider. If you are taking a collagen supplement, be sure to read the labels to make sure it is from a source you can consume (fish or egg allergy?). For the collagen supplement to be fully absorbed by the body, take it with amino acids and vitamin C.

What are the different types of collagen?

TYPE 1 is the most abundant. It helps form bones and can be found within the GI tract.
It’s very important for wound healing, giving skin its stretchy and
elastic quality, and holding together tissue so it doesn’t tear.

TYPE 2 primarily helps build cartilage. It is beneficial for preventing age-associated joint pain or various arthritis symptoms.

TYPE 3 is made of reticular fibers and a major component of the extracellular matrix that makes up our organs and skin. It’s usually found with TYPE 1 and helps give skin its elasticity and firmness. 

TYPE 4 is found in endothelial cells that form tissue that surround organs, muscles and fat. 

TYPE 5 makes the surface of cells as well as hair strands.

TYPE 10 is beneficial in bone formation and healing as well as repairing synoval joints. 


Where can we find collagen?

Foods very high in protein will provide the human body with collagen.

  • Bovine collagen consists of Types 1 and 3 collagen. This will help the body create more collagen and build muscle. 

  • Chicken collagen provides the body with Type 2 collagen which helps build cartilage. This type of collagen is the most common one people consume; it provides chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate. 

  • Fish collagen is easily absorbed by the human body. Consuming fish collagen benefits for the joints, skin, vital organs, blood vessels, digestion and bones.

  • Egg shell collagen is found in the shell, membrane, and whites of eggs. It helps in the building of connective tissue, wound healing, building muscle mass and reducing pain/stiffness.

I add collagen powder to yogurt, smoothies, and smoothie bowls.Recently I have been using Youtheory collagen powder which is made up of Types 1 and 3. Thanks New Hope Blogger Box for the opportunity to try this product!

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