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Considering taking Collagen? Why, How, & When


The past 6 months I’ve added this newer Coffee Booster – Collagen to my morning Americano.  Mixing it along with Brain Octane C8, Vitamin D drops and runny whipping cream.  This collagen elixir, or coffee booster, is flavourless and mixes seamlessly into coffee so you can have a healthier coffee, just the way you like it.  Other powder collagen products can be taken many ways and mixed into shakes, teas, and water.

Firstly I knew that Collagen was good for your hair, skin, nails and joints.  Below is additional information expanding on the usefulness of collagen.

Collagen when cooked is also called Gelatin, it's on track to be one of those next superfoods. I’ve taken it and been recommending it lately to some of our members.  I think it’s one of the good things you can easily incorporate into your diet. 

Now researching it a bit more, the benefits start to grow a bit clearer; from reducing wrinkles, healing your gut, building strong bones, helping joint pain and more. 

WebMD - praises it saying it’s:

“used for for weight loss and for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Some people also use it for strengthening bones, joints and fingernails. Gelatin is also used for improving hair quality and to shorten recovery after exercise and sports-related injury.”

As we age, the amount of collagen in our body decreases.  By 25, collagen levels are decreased at 1.5% a year.  By age 40, collagen is depleted faster than it is produced.  And by age 60, over half of the body’s collagen has been depleted. 

Collagen basically is what holds us together.  It’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye. 

So adding collagen may be one of those few supplements we should be adding to our diets. Youthful skin, to reducing inflammation and healing your gut, collagen will be a useful nutritional supplement for you.

 

Here’s 6 (paraphrased) benefits of Collagen that was put together from those at Primally Inspired.

 

1. Digestive Aid 

Collagen soothes and heals the digestive tract and helps repair the mucous lining. It also helps break down the protein and fat from foods, making them easier for the body to digest. 

To help with digestion, before meals, add 1 scoop of collagen to your beverage. Doing so will increase protein absorption and hydrochloric acid production. It will also help heal your digestive tract.

 

2. Skin Health 

Some doctors refer to collagen as the new anti-aging product of the century.   It ensures cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of the skin. Collagen is primarily composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. These particular amino acids are shown to reduce the signs of aging.  

3. Weight Loss 

Collagen is a great source of protein and can provide 18 grams of protein in a couple scoops.  Studies show that collagen peptides consumed at breakfast are 40% more satiating than other proteins (such as whey or soy) and correlate to 20% reduction of food intake at lunch

4. Joint and Bone Health 

The amino acids in collagen, gylcine and proline, repair tissue, lessen inflammation and provide relief from joint pain, similar to taking cortisone or ibuprofen. The glycine also speeds wound healing, helps stiff joints and promotes recovery. Many say in the studies people with primary osteoarthritis of the knee showed a significant improvement in knee joint comfort.  Several studies also show that supplementing with collagen builds bone density.  

5. Athletic Performance and Reduce Risk of Injury 

The specific amino acids, primarily glycine and proline help repair tissue, lessen inflammation, shortens recovery after exercise and helps with sports related injuries.  Supplementation with collagen peptides showed a reduction of risk for injuries on muscle, tendons, and ligaments in athletes.  Also the glycine and arginine content in collagen aids athletic performance and help maintain and restore muscle mass.  Arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland, which is known to increase muscle mass and that may explain the performance gains.

6. Sleep Tonic 

Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. Recent research shows that glycine improves sleep quality who have difficulty sleeping. Ingesting collagen improves sleep quality but it also helps reduce daytime sleepiness and helps improve memory during waking hours.