Is collagen worth the hype? Yep! It sure is. Before I get into sharing ways to incorporate collagen, I wanted to share what it is, the types of collagen, what it does, and why it's important. Consider this your collagen 101! If you're already a collagen pro, just scroll down halfway to the many ways to incorporate it into your day.
What is collagen?
It's essentially the glue that holds us together and it's the most abundant protein in the body. In fact, 30% of the body's protein content is collagen. 90% of the dry weight of the dermis (which is the inner layer of the skin) is collagen. It makes sense that it's been nicknamed the "scaffolding" of the skin. Humans have been consuming collagen for centuries in the form of bone broth.
What are the different types of collagen?
There are 29 types of collagen but 80-90% are type I, II, or III. The majority are type 1. Up to 80% of the collagen in the skin is Type I. Fish and bovine collagen are mostly Type I collagen. Bovine also contains some type III.
When the skin is sun-damaged, there is a loss of type I collagen and a little change in type III. Collagen provides structure and strength to skin, joints, and many other body tissues. Type III collagen is found in blood vessels.
As you age, collagen begins to break down and you produce less, so it's a double whammy. This begins in your twenties - waaaaah!
Collagen decline is easily seen in the skin where fine lines and wrinkles appear as you age. Ain't nothing wrong with laugh lines, however!
What can collagen do?
There is lots of human research on collagen and this is exactly why supplementing with collagen in smoothies, teas, and chocolate chip collagen snowballs (wink wink!) has become so incredibly popular. When you hear people say that collagen isn't worth the hype, you can just forward them my post. And the reality is, I barely scratched the surface on the research and the benefits. You can also watch a video I did on Cityline here.
I use Genuine Health's Clean Collagen. They have both bovine and marine sourced collagen. Once I've gone through one full bottle of marine, I will switch it out and use bovine. You can use code JOYOUS20 to save 20%.
As I discuss in my video, there isn't a dramatic difference in marine vs. bovine for their health benefits based on the research we have right now.
It is important to note that the research-proven dose is 7-10 g of hydrolyzed collagen to reap the benefits.
Hydrolyzed collagen simply means the form of collagen otherwise known as "collagen peptides". This is the form you want to consume because it's absorbable. The collagen is broken down into smaller, easier to absorb molecules.
Here are some different ways to incorporate collagen into your day!
Remember that there is no one supplement that is going to be the silver bullet to youth or health. It's truly a holistic approach that combines eating well, moving your body, and incorporating mindfulness practices into your day to manage stress and feel joyous!
If you've got any questions, please feel free to post them below!
Have a joyous week!
PS. This post is sponsored by Genuine Health, but all opinions are my own. :)
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