What Is It?
You’ve heard about this little white powder (collagen peptides) all over your Instagram feed but do you really know what it is? First of all, collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in animal bodies (including yours). This protein makes up your skin, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bones, eyes, and blood vessels.
Separately, Collagen peptides (that thing you see on covering the shells of your local health food store) are made of short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised, grass-fed collagen protein. You’ve heard us talk about essential amino acids here (those we don’t naturally produce but must consume), but amino acids are essentially just broken down protein. (1)
Believe it or not, there are actually upwards of 28 types of collagen that have been identified but only 3 dominate the space. (2)
Type 1 collagen is the most abundant and what is found in your hair skin & nails.It is also the major structural component of the skin, tendons, bones and organs.
Type 2 is the main component of your cartilage and thus is great for cartilage health.
Type 3 is often found in your bone marrow but is generally accompanied by Type 1
Regardless of the type, there are certain things you’ll want to know as it relates to the benefits and use, so make skim the rest of this post!
What are the Benefits?
Hair, Skin, & Nails:
Of course, the most known benefit of supplementing with collagen or drinking bone broth is the beauty related benefits. Because collagen is the protein that is found in these three areas, supplementing with it has been shown to improve overall health. A double blinded study showed that women who consumed collagen over an 8 week period showed a major increase in skin elasticity. With skin elasticity comes less cellulite. As we keep aging, skin gets looser and stretch marks/ cellulite are a VERY unfortunate byproduct. Consider throwing some collagen in your recipes to help reduce these effects!
Collagen is a jelly-like structure which helps hold our bones together and allows for you to move without pain. Think of ingesting more collagen like greasing a creaky door hinge: It helps your joints move more easily, reduces pain often associated with aging and even reduces the risk of joint deterioration.(3)
Trying to keep it toned? Collagen protein supplementation can help with building and maintain muscle mass that often deteriorates as we age.
How Do I Use It?
Collagen is filled with amino acids that are identical to the protein found in skin, hair, nails, cartilage and our joints. Just like when we buy animal protein, you want to buy quality collagen. (2)
To make sure you get a great kind, we’re giving all of YOU a chance to win a free sample pack of collagen products from @tonicproducts. If you’re getting this email to your inbox, you’re already half way there! Here are the rules to win:
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- Tag a friend in any of our collagen Instagram posts this week (hint: Tuesday!)
After you find your go-to, we suggest adding collagen to your homemade creations. Honestly, it’s such an easy, tasteless addition to any recipe, you won’t even know it’s there! Vital proteins also has a collagen creamer if you are a major coffee addict trying to spice up your morning.
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