by Nancy Beresford
What’s all the excitement around collagen? Do you need it?
You may have heard all of the buzz around collagen and the benefits you can derive - firmer skin with fewer lines and wrinkles, improved elasticity, hydration and density. Who doesn’t want to look better naturally as you age. I know I do! While women tend to be the ones who seek out what is new in the health market, MEN - collagen is just as important for you. Read on to find out why.
Collagen isn’t just a supplement to help you to look better on the outside - it benefits areas in your body you might not see but can certainly feel - creaky, painful joints, reduced muscle tone, fragile tendons and ligaments and brittle bones.
Collagen (kolla - glue, gen - producing) is the most abundant protein in your body and is found in your skin, muscles, cartilage, tendons, bones, organs, arteries, intestinal lining and even your cornea. Remember that delicious steak you ate last night? Your digestive system breaks down the protein in that steak to amino acids that the body uses to create hormones, enzymes, antibodies and the structural components of your body. Collagen is a structural protein that gives strength and resilience to all of the connective tissue that holds you together and keeps you standing upright. When you start to notice wrinkles and sagging skin, painful joints or loss of muscle tone, you know you have lost collagen.
If your goal as you age is to:
Today, there are many ways you can consume collagen. Read on for more PRIME TIPS on collagen.
PRIME TIP #1
Collagen is an easy addition to your daily routine. You can purchase collagen in a powdered form, flavoured or unflavoured, that is hydrolyzed to dissolve easily in hot or cold beverages. A scoop of unflavoured collagen powder in your morning coffee or tea couldn’t be more simple. If powder is not your thing, you can find collagen in liquid or pills.
PRIME TIP #2
Collagen can only be derived from animals, usually beef, chicken or fish bones and skin. For vegetarians and vegans, this poses a problem. Fortunately, there are products on the market that can be used that help to promote collagen production. Look for supplements that contain Vitamin C, lysine, proline, glycine, hyaluronic acid and silicon to name a few. Make sure you consume adequate protein from various vegetarian sources. Without that protein, the body has difficulty making collagen.
PRIME TIP #3
Making your own nourishing bone both can be an easy and economical way to get the benefits of collagen. Nourishing Broth by Sally Fallon Morell is a great resource for all you need to know about the numerous benefits of broth and the recipes to help you get started. You can enjoy a warm cup of bone broth everyday or use it in your cooking to enrich everything you eat.
PRIME TIP #4
While collagen is a great supportive supplement, it should not be a replacement for a whole food, nutrient rich diet. Though collagen is made from protein, it is not a complete protein and should not be used as a protein source in your diet.
Ensure your diet is rich in protein, whether animal or plant sourced, and accompanied by plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables.
To learn more, book a nutritional consult with Nancy Beresford here