Aging is a concern for everyone, and for good reason.
As we get older, our skin wrinkles and our joints start to ache. We lose our ability to fight disease. We get tired faster.
One of the main reasons for this is that our bodies stop making as much collagen.
Collagen is a protein, but it’s more than just any protein. It’s the #1 protein in our body. It’s found in everything from our muscles and bone to our skin and hair.
When our collagen production slows down our:
- skin loses its elasticity
- hair and nails grow more slowly and lose their strength and shine
- ligaments move more stiffly.
Even our stomach lining loses some of its function.
Collagen is made up of amino acids. It's what holds everything in our bodies where it is supposed to be. Our bodies make it, but the process slows when we are sick or stressed. It also slows down as we age.
Collagen is 30% of the protein in our body and 70% of the protein in our skin.Tweet
It’s no wonder that when it stops being made, it makes such a difference!!
The good news is that we can supplement our collagen supply by taking in more in our diet, and collagen powder is one of the best ways of doing that.
Collagen has always been part of the human diet. It comes from eating animals, but the parts that contain the most collagen are the bones, the skin, the ligaments. Though today we don’t eat those parts, they can still be used to make collagen-rich foods and supplements.
Bone broth is one of my favorite ways to eat delicious food that is rich in collagen, but making it can take hours.
But, What About Collagen Powder?
Collagen powder, on the other hand, is readily available in 2 different forms – collagen peptides and collagen protein. Here’s more about each:
Collagen Peptides – this is hydrolyzed gelatin. Gelatin is what is produced when collagen is heated. Collagen peptides are easy to digest and mix into drinks easily. They have no taste and don’t make liquids thicker.
Collagen Protein – this is gelatin powder, and is the purest form of collagen. It may be harder for some people to digest, and it will form a gel when mixed with liquids.
Consuming collagen powder has many benefits.
1. It can cut down on wrinkles, and give the skin more elasticity.
2. It improves bone and joint health and may improve hormone production.
3. It can help coat the digestive tract, and be a big help for those with leaky gut.
4. Most exciting of all, studies have shown that adding collagen powder to your diet may even cause the body to start making more collagen on its own!
Buying & Using Collagen Powder
When buying collagen powder, you want to follow the same rules that you do when you buy any other animal products. Look for collagen powder that comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals. These will have the added advantage of being free of antibiotics and hormones.
You can add it to smoothies, your fridge oats or even just water but my favorite way to use it in is my oh-so-GOOD Superfood Coffee!
Yours in Health,
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