If you've been wondering about collagen, I've got you covered!
There has been much hype about collagen, finding itself in powdered drinks and supplements, but many of my clients and people in my community have been wondering if collagen is worth all the acclaim.
Yes it is.
The Backstory on Collagen
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body- muscles, joints, blood vessels, digestive system, tendons etc. Collagen is the glue that holds the body together.
One of collagen's most popular claims is anti-aging, and it's because collagen is what gives the skin elasticity and replaces dead skin cells.
As we age collagen production goes down BUT ( and it's a big but) premature collagen damage can happen from eating too much sugar, too many merlots, smoking, sun damage and unmanaged digestion issues. Which explains premature aging based on lifestyle.
Sources of Collagen
Collagen is in a lot of places that can be derived for your body to use.
Made by boiling down bones and connective tissue of animals.
- Use bone broth ONE for ONE in recipes where stock, broth or water is called for
- Sip on bone broth in between meals
Bone broth can be purchased in powder form and rehydrated for use in recipes. My favourite brand is Ancient Nutrition with their Turmeric variety, because I love combining the antioxidant benefits of turmeric with bone broth!
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A blue green sea algae.
- Source of copper, important for forming collagen because it's not just about taking collagen, but creating a place for the production and maintenance of collagen can thrive.
- An effective and versatile way to consume collagen.
- Make sure the source is GRASS-FED
Vital proteins is my choice for UNFLAVOURED or SWEET flavoured collagen- if I want savoury I use Turmeric Bone Broth listed above. Vital protein is by far the best tasting option I've had.
It's grass fed, without added sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, carrageenan and artificial flavours. In short, it's an amazing product.
HOW TO USE
Smoothies- I add vanilla or coconut Vital Proteins to my smoothie.
Matcha or Coffee- I make a daily coffee or matcha elixir and use Vital Proteins Coconut to create a frothy blend.
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The most important thing to remember about collagen is it MUST be replenished and a positive collagen environment inside your body ensures that you stay young and vibrant for years to come!
Have you used collagen? I would love to know!