The Benefits of Collagen Supplements in Your Daily Diet
What is Collagen
In our last blog article, we took a look at supplements from a general viewpoint. Let’s now take a more detailed look at what Collagen Supplements are all about! In order to do that, let’s start with the beginning, what actually is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that our bodies naturally produce. It’s responsible for healthy joints, skin elasticity, and the strength of our bones, nails, and hair, just to name a few!
In order to produce collagen, our body needs:
- Proline: found in egg whites, dairy, cabbage, mushrooms, and asparagus.
- Glycine: found in pork skin, chicken skin, gelatin, and a variety of other protein-rich foods.
- Vitamin C: found in citrus fruits.
- Zinc: found in beef, lamb, pork, shellfish, chickpeas, lentils, beans, milk, cheese, and various nuts and seeds.
- Copper: found in organ meats, cocoa powder, cashews, sesame seeds, and lentils.
Additionally, there are 28 different types of Collagen, but let’s take a look at the “Top 4”, so to speak:
- Type I: the most common type, found in all connective tissue.
- Type ll: found in joints and intervertebral discs (the cushions that serve as your spine’s shock absorbers).
- Type lll: the main component of reticular fibres, which are found in your skin and blood vessels.
- Type lV: a component of your kidneys, inner ear, and eye lens.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen. No matter how much care you take to naturally supplement your collagen production, the more you age, the less you’ll produce!
That’s exactly why collagen supplements were created.
Why are Collagen Supplements Good for You?
Collagen supplements are associated with many health benefits and have very few risks. Sounds great, right?
Supplements have been observed to increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, relieve joint pain, and improve skin health by reducing wrinkles and dryness.
There are quite a few claims out there related to Weight Loss, Gut Health, and Brain Health, but they aren’t backed by research when it comes to Collagen Supplements.
Let’s take a look at what collagen supplements can actually do for you!
Collagen plays a crucial role in our skin.
Not only does it help strengthen it, but also helps with elasticity and hydration. As we were saying earlier, the more we age, the less collagen our bodies produce, which is directly linked to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles.
Several studies have however shown that collagen supplementation can help slow the ageing of our skin by reducing dryness and wrinkles.
Our bones are made mostly of collagen, which gives them strength and structure.
Just as the collagen in our body deteriorates with age, so does bone mass. This can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis, which is characterised by low bone density and a higher risk of bone fractures.
Studies have shown that collagen supplements may well help reduce the bone breakdown that leads to osteoporosis.
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in our bodies and is an important part of skeletal muscle.
Studies suggest that collagen supplements help boost muscle mass.
It’s been suggested that supplemental collagen may promote the synthesis of muscle proteins such as creatine, as well as stimulate muscle growth after exercise.
More research is needed in order to fully investigate collagen’s potential to boost muscle mass, however, as we stand, there’s good reason to believe that it may give a boost!
Hair & Nails
Collagen supplements have also been linked to hair health, namely by increasing strength, reducing brittleness, and speeding growth!
The same findings apply to our nails as well.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with supplements is that you should always choose a trustworthy brand.
A lot of supplements out there are not made with the help of nutritionists or physicians, and the results of taking them can range from lacklustre to downright dangerous.
That’s exactly why our very own Supplement (or Blends, as we like to call them) Line was created with the help of our in-house nutritionist.
It also goes without saying that you should always consult with your physician before taking supplements!