Collagen, the connective tissue for your bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood cells, is the most abundant protein in your body. However, as you age, the production of collagen decreases and can lead to many health issues, including sore and painful joints, skin problems, and digestive problems. In addition, as our diets change, we find that we do not take in adequate amounts of pure proteins, which are needed to break down into amino acids.
Pure forms of collagen are comprised of long-chain proteins that break down into amino acids perfectly. These amino acids are absorbed throughout your body for a variety of health benefits. While it is possible to consume collagen through your diet, many find it difficult to get adequate amounts. Foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B-3, as well as rich in Copper and Iron have shown specific health benefits. However, to receive the amazing benefits of the collagen, you would need to consume a large amount of these foods. Most have found that collagen powder is very effective in achieving the desired results.
Let’s look at some of the amazing benefits and results you can achieve with collagen powder in your diet:
- Bone and Joint Support – collagen makes up 90% of your bone mass, so it stands to reason that if you take in enough pure collagen, you can improve your bone density, bone metabolism, and support your connective tissues. Many that have used collagen powder now experience less joint discomfort and less inflammation.
- Skin Health – collagen is the most common cell in connective tissue in your skin. Consumption of collagen can help your skin become more supple, improve elasticity and increase skin moisture and softness. Your skin will be rejuvenated!
- Digestion – pure collagen is a protein that often helps aid in digestion. Because the protein is nutrient-dense, when consumed it may help sooth your digestive tract, aid in stomach acid irritation, and help curb your appetite.
- Balance Hormones – many studies have shown that collagen can tremendously help to balance hormones such as tryptophan and cortisol, as well as support healthy thyroid function.
So, what type of collagen powder should you consume? There are 3 types of collagen on the market – type 1 is good for skin, hair, bone and ligaments; type 2 is good for cartilage; and type 3 is good for bone, cartilage, tendons, and other connective tissues. Collagen powder can come from 4 sources – fish, cow, pig, or chicken.
While there are many types and brands of collagen powder on the market, make sure that you research and review before buying. Keep these tips in mind when buying:
Collagen Protein – this type of product is similar to gelatin. While some powders may mix with liquids, it is best used to make jello or gummies. This version may be a little harder to digest for some individuals with sensitive digestive tracts.
- Collagen Peptides – while this powder has the same nutritional benefits, the difference is in the use. You can use this powder in both hot and cold liquids and it will dissolve instantly. It can be added to your morning coffee or shake!
- Be mindful of fillers that may be added to your powder. And always research how much to ingest. Most users recommend building up slowly to 2-3 tablespoons a day. Starting with a 1/2 tablespoon (see how you feel) and build up gradually over days or weeks.
Do your research before purchasing your collagen powder. Make sure you get one that is pure to receive the best benefits.
Please Note: Always consult your physician before starting any supplements that may negatively affect or interfere with existing health conditions or medications you’re currently taking.
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for the 50 Plus Report