Superfoods and health supplements are everywhere. In fact, it seems like there is a new trending product on the market just about every week! In this blog we are going to talk about the importance of collagen protein. Looking specifically at what it can do for you, your health and your overall performance.
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body, and is a major component of connective tissue. Collagen can be found in your bones, tendons, skin, and muscles—so you could say it’s important.
- Collages holds your skeletal structure together while also providing flexibility.
- Collagen provides strength and elasticity to the skin.
- Collagen helps make up the connective tissue with which muscle fibers are intertwined.
The production of collagen begins to naturally decline as you age, starting around 25 years old. The decline can become faster if you eat a diet high in sugar or if you smoke. Menopause can also cause women to lose collagen production at a more rapid pace.
Luckily, there are SO MANY collagen supplements on the market to help maintain your youthful glow, mobility, muscle strength and skin/hair/nail health. Research shows that people who consume high-quality collagen supplements daily notice improvement in a variety of areas including:
- Stronger hair, skin and nails
- Less joint pain
- Improved muscle recovery
- Less susceptibility to sprains, strains and breaks
- Fewer wrinkles
- Less joint/tendon pain in those with chronic injuries
Athletes who take collagen often notice an increase in performance and a reduction in the amount of time it takes to recover from a difficult training session. Taking care of your bones, joints and muscles is SO important for people who exercise, and smart athletes know the importance of the recovery profess. Collagen can help you improve in this area.
With the influx of collagen supplements available, there can be confusion about which one to buy! Here is a list of key things to look for when purchasing a collagen supplement:
- Opt for a collagen protein from grass-fed animals (marine collagen is also a great option).
- Look for a pure white collagen powder and avoid any collagen supplements that are yellow or brown.
- Reach for a product that is truly science-based. If a brand claims that their product is “science-based” but doesn’t have any science to back up their SPECIFIC product, it’s not the same as a brand that has undergone legitimate product research and testing. We also recommend that you find a company that conducts third-party testing, rather than in-house testing, to reduce any bias in the research.
- Select hydrolyzed collagen peptides as these are more bio-available in the body, so your body USES the supplement you take efficiently.
Hopefully this helps you understand the benefits of collagen and directs you on how to choose the best supplement for you—happy shopping!
Blog Author: Carina Morgan, MS Nutrition, MS Medical Research, PN1, Whole30 Certified Coach firstname.lastname@example.org www.carinamorganhealth.com