What Is Collagen

What Is Collagen

I get asked all the time what is collagen and should I be taking it?  You may have seen collagen listed  in your body lotions and  in some supplements you take and have always wondered what it was for.  Collagen is a protein in the body that helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons. If you want strong shiny hair, strong nails and glowing skin you might want to add some collagen into your diet .

“Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine, all of which help our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, as well as gut health stay as healthy as possible.

Collagen protein is different from whey and casein protein because of these high levels of amino acids. Muscular growth, joint health and an overall glowing appearance can be partially attributed to the amino acid blend in collagen that can’t be found anywhere else. ” This info is right from Vital Proteins site !

Good for Our Skin & Body

Collagen is a building block for our  skin and helps with its elasticity . It’s what makes our skin stay toned and taught. Collagen also helps with our tissues, ligaments and tendons . As we age our body produces less collagen and we  lose that glow and flexibility , collagen is there to help.

 

Vital Proteins Collagen

“Vital Proteins Collagen contains 18 amino-acids, including 8 out of 9 essential amino-acids.  It is characterized by the predominance of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, which represent about 50% of the total amino-acid content.  Glycine and proline concentration is 10 to 20 times higher than in other proteins. This very specific composition of amino acids, provides Vital Proteins Collagen with nutritional functional properties that can not be found with other protein sources. Our Collagen is a high purity natural bio-active product containing more than 97% protein, supplied in a form that can be easily used and digested by the human body. “Again this info is straight from the vital proteins site! 

 

Benefits 

  • glowing skin
  • joint health which is so important to help keep you moving  and pain-free
  •  Bone strength
  • increased performance/energy during your workout .
  • improvement with your  digestion. Better gut health, helps leaky gut by “sealing”  or forming connective tissue
  • improves hair & nails
  • helps boost your metabolism

How to add collagen to your life

The easiest way I add collagen into my diet is in  a pre workout drink or in my morning oatmeal . A lot of people add a scoop to their morning coffee , most are flavorless so you won’t even notice. A few companies make bars with added collagen in them. You can also add the powder to muffins, smoothies, home-made dressings and on your oatmeal. Collagen is not a great post workout supplement and should not replace your post workout shake if you have one.

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