Recently I penned a fun article on Collagen for FIX.com. Supplemental collagen is so hot right now you should at least familiarize yourself with the basics so you sound super smart at parties. This article, and it’s associated infographic, are a quick way to get the collagen goods! Here is an excerpt.

“Many people know collagen as an injectable for wrinkles or as an expensive component of their skin care products. What many people don’t know is that collagen is the basic building block of your entire body. Your body is 30 percent protein, and of that 30 percent, 90 percent is collagen.1 Collagen is a short-chain amino acid comprising primarily glycine and proline. Derived from the Greek word “kola,” meaning, “glue,” this sticky substance makes up a large component of not only hair, skin, and nails but also muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone. A hard, insoluble, fibrous protein, collagen is what gives these body parts their strength and structure.2 There are 16 types of collagen, but types I, II, and III account for 90 percent of it.

Typically, we can make collagen ourselves, but several factors can affect the production of this essential protein. For example, increased sugar, stress, sunlight, smoking, and autoimmune disorders all slow the production of collagen. In addition, the normal aging process, including hormonal changes such as menopause, can directly affect the body’s ability to produce collagen. Fibroblasts (cells that make up collagen) become less active, thicker, and easier to break with age, so the collagen percentage in the body starts not just to drop but to plummet. Studies show that collagen production starts slowing around age 25-30 and decreases 1 percent per year after that.3 Combine this natural drop with the external factors affecting collagen production in our bodies, and it is a recipe for disaster.”

TAKE ME TO THE FULL ARTICLE ON COLLAGEN

(There are fantastic collagen recipes at the end of the article to tempt you!)

Photo Credit: Vital Proteins

 

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Source: Fix.com Blog

Wondering how to get Collagen into your diet? My two favorite ways are bone broth and adding it to my smoothie! Here are my favorite collagen products!!

BEEF GELATIN

COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

ORGANIC BONE BROTH

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