Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of collagen and the benefits it can provide. Collagen is an important protein that provides structure for many parts of the body. The human body creates collagen naturally but with assistance of proper nutrient absorption. With that, the foods and nutrients you eat can help your body make this protein. Although focusing on receiving your nutrients in a natural form through food ingestion should be your primary source for nutrient absorption, many people don’t get enough nutrients from diet alone. Overtime, however, the production of this proteins slows down significantly therefore, it is essential to use supplementation.
Before we dive deeper into the specific benefits, it’s important to understand that your body is all interconnected. Often times a symptom or deficiency showing itself in one region doesn’t necessarily mean that is where the cause is (I also see this often in my job).
I like to focus on viewing optimal health and wellness by taking an “inside-out” approach. This approach addresses every aspect of health and beauty to form a thriving system. This is why collagen is one of the most important nutrients, it is responsible for not just one, but several biological functions.
- Supports health skin, hair and nails. I like to view the skin as a window into the health of your body. It is very telling and it is sure sign that your organs and inner body systems are not working optimal. Also, the skin is your body largest organ, it should be on the forefront in terms of priorities. Collagen improves elasticity, hydration, and overall strength, prevents early signs of aging and hair loss.
- Allows muscle growth and regeneration. Increase muscle strength, aids muscle regeneration.
- Makes up joints, tendons, and ligaments. Maintains the integrity of tendons and ligaments.
- Promotion Gut Health. Heals intestinal barrier and prevents “leaky gut”.
- Ensures Heart Health. Supports cardiac muscle cells, aids in blood pumping.
- Supports Brain Health. Fights neuronal oxidation, prevents neurodegeneration.
COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTATION FORMS
Many collagen supplements go through a process of hydrolization. All this means is that the manufacturer has broken the collagen in the supplements down into peptides, making it easier for the body to absorb and use.
There are three forms of collagen supplementation: tablet, capsule, and powder. There is research debating these forms and absorption rates. My two sense: don’t overcomplicate it, everyone is different in how they absorb and process nutrients so it should come down to a matter of preference. If you prefer tablet vs. powder, or visa versa than choose the route you are most comfortable with.