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Are You Supplementing Collagen?

Written by

Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

You’ve likely seen the ads and heard people talking about collagen. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the top trending ingredients these days. It’s everywhere – on your Instagram newsfeed, inbox, sponsored advertisements… But what’s the buzz all about?

Collagen is often promoted as a gut healing supplement, and I have to admit– it’s done wonders for me and my family! We’ve been trying different collagen products for about 2 years, and found many big differences.

Some of the reasons, relating to poor quality, lack of integrity, confusing online marketing, grain-fed and hormone treated animals. Don’t worry, we will discuss these below.

The main reason we think this supplement needs to be in your arsenal of supplements is because it is packed with amino acids that provide so many different health benefits – not just for your gut.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most important and abundant protein in your body. Collagen is like the ‘glue’ that holds your body together. Your skin, gut barrier (leaky gut), bones (osteoporosis), connective tissue, cartilage, and joints (osteoarthritis) all depend on collagen to be healthy, strong and flexible. Especially as you get older collagen is an essential part of your supplementation.

Collagen hydrolysate has been heated to high temperatures with enzymes. The enzymes are used to break down the bonds between the amino acids in collagen. These amino acids however are left intact; this is important because the amino acids can therefore be absorbed much faster and easier by the body.

Are there different types?

Yes! There are Marine and Peptides. Marine collagen is derived from fish – not our preference due to the issues with marine toxicity (heavy metals), overfishing etc. Peptides are derived from beef.

What are the health benefits of collagen?

You’ve probably heard that collagen has the power to stop ageing, support skin, reduce your wrinkles and plump up saggy skin… BUT it is so much more than just a beauty ingredient.

YOUR GUT HEALTH

The amino acids in collagen heal damaged cells and build new tissue in the intestinal wall, as well as coating, protecting and soothing the lining of the gut wall. Collagen hydrolysate is also rich in glycine and glutamine, which are among the amino acids preferred by the cells of the digestive tract and immune system. This aids in healing and repairing a leaky gut, reducing inflammation and supporting proper digestion.

YOUR BONES & JOINTS

More than 90 percent of the organic matrix of bone is collagen, mostly type I. It has been found that collagen plays a central role in regulating the growth and maintenance of strong, healthy bones. How? Collagen supports bone health through its ability to stimulate elastin and the formation of type I and II collagen. Additionally, collagen structures support bone development by linking growth factors together in the bones such as insulin-like growth fact. During bone remodelling, collagen networks are broken down and then the growth factors that promote bone reformation are released. A study found that in humans, adding 5g of collagen peptides per day for 12 months increased bone mineral density in postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis. Collagen can also help prevent joint pain. It is a key component of joint cartilage. It has been shown that supplementation with collagen peptides provides nutritional support that promotes joint health and recovery from physical activity. Therefore, also beneficial in conditions such as osteoarthritis.

YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

You might be thinking… the heart too?! Yes! It has been found that collagen supplementation improves cardiovascular health. Glycine, is cardioprotective thanks to the known anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. Many animal studies suggest that supplementing with collagen can improve cardiovascular health. Low circulating glycine levels are associated with a greater risk of acute myocardial infarction. Another study showed that healthy adults that took 16g of collagen daily for 6 months had an improvement in their LDL / HDL ratio. As well as a reduced risk of atherosclerosis.

YOUR HAIR, SKIN & NAILS

As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen plays a central role in skin health. But as we get older, collagen production naturally starts to decline, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Collagen improves skin barrier function, hydration and wrinkle reduction. It is important to look for a good quality collagen supplement for skin, hair and nail support. Do you have brittle nails? Well, collagen is also a component of fingernails. Collagen peptides may support nail health by promoting normal, healthy fingernail growth. It is also present in hair follicles and along those lines, it has been suggested to improve hair health and hair growth.

YOUR METABOLISM

The amino acids in collagen, particularly glycine, glutamine, and arginine, play an important role in supporting healthy metabolisms and muscle mass. Collagen keeps the central nervous system healthy which can help maintain optimal energy levels.


YOUR SLEEP

Among glycine’s many different functions in the body (like cardiovascular health) is also known to improve sleep!

I could probably keep going with the list of benefits – including that it’s a highly bioavailable source of protein but I think you get the gist. Now that we’ve covered the numerous health benefits, let’s discuss where most collagen comes from.

Where does most collagen come from?

Something you might not know! Yet, most collagen products on the market come from a combination of grass and grain fed South American cows. These cows have been treated/medicated with unknown and undisclosed substances. Yes, you read that right.

Many companies source collagen from Brazil, keep in mind if a company leaves the location unknown it’s almost always Brazil. The cattle in Brazil are notoriously known to claim grass fed yet actyually feed a combination of grains. In addition to regularly treating them with antibiotics. Sure, they have one of the largest cattle herds, therefore raw material is plentiful and easily accessible. Yet, we pay the cost.

Here is what you should you look out for?

Grass fed and grass finished – always!
It is without a doubt the best practice when any product is produced from environmentally sustainable produce. Grass-fed animals often have a better life, more sunshine and fresh air with more space to exercise and a reduced risk of infections.

Remember, collagen comes from cartilage and hide so it is important that you eat organic and grass-fed and grass finished collagen.

Just like in humans, toxins, heavy metals and chemicals are stored in fat and bone. So, if an animal is grain fed, highly inflamed, sick and constantly on medication – how does this affect the quality of the product made from these “storage” places?

GELATIN AUSTRALIA

After testing this product now for over a year we’ve all agreed that the results are far superior. You will immediately notice that this product is made from healthy animals sourced 100% in Australia and New Zealand. You can dig thorough their website if you have any doubts and see that they are very transparent.

This collagen powder contains a unique profile of 18 different amino acids, including eight of the nine essential amino acids. Glycine, hydroxyproline and prolins account for nearly half of collagen hydrolysates’s amino acid content.

There is no unpleasant taste associated with Peptipro hydrolyzed collagen powder, and it mixes easily with water, juice or any other liquid, hot or cold. It can even be added to protein drinks and smoothies.

How can you use it?

Collagen contains over 90% easy digestible protein and it’s very versatile. We all drink a smoothie every day so that’s where we add our daily dose. Collagen doesn’t gel, it’s completely flavourless and can be added to any liquid or mixed into foods. This is why you can add it into pretty much anything: coffee, smoothies, cookies and other baked goods, juices and more.

Our first nutrient for you

As you may know we have been cautious to sell products like this due to obvious reasons. But we can’t go passed this one. It’s just too valuable and helpful in so many places.

Want to add some collagen into your daily life? Find it here.

P.S. If you order 2 you pay the same shipping charges. Sounds like a fanastic deal to me.

Click here to find out more! 

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