Collagen is one of my favourite products and one that I use daily. Collagen is something that does not require a prescription and hence why I have decided to include it in my store for you all to reap the benefits.
But Why? What is Collagen and what does it do?
The simple explanation is that Collagen is a protein but there is a lot more than that. Collagen Peptides are the broken-down components of collagen and are more bioavailable which allows the body to utilise them much easier.
There are four different Collagen Peptides:
- Type I: This is made up of densely packed fibers. This provides structure to your skin, bones, teeth, cartilage, and connective tissues.
- Type II: Are found primarily in the joints and cartilage. Type II is more loosely packed than type I which allows greater flexibility and mobility.
- Type III: This is mainly found in the skin and bones, and like type I, it also supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.
- Type IV: Is present in the various layers of your skin. It provides your body’s largest organ with a protective barrier.
Collagen contributes around 30% of the body’s total protein, which is quite a large amount. Collagen peptides are rich in the amino acids of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. This trio of amino acids are vital for the resilience and strength of your connective tissues. Which is why Collagen is wonderful for your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, joint mobility, hair, nails, and the inner lining of your gut.
Bone broth is a great source of collagen, hence why as a Naturopath I often recommend it as part of a gut healing program. Collagen is rich in the bones and skin of animals such as beef, chicken, and lamb and the boiling of these bones is what releases the collagen, making bone broth the rich source of Collagen that it is. But if this option is not your thing then there are Collagen powder products as well.
I really like the Nutra Organics range, and therefore I am stocking them at The Conscious Spender. They do quite a range of collagen products including flavoured and unflavoured using either fortibone® or verisol®. These products have been well researched and contain Types I and III Collagen Peptides.
Fortibone® helps to increase your Osteoblasts/Osteoclasts, which are the cells needed for healthy bone regeneration. Verisol® helps with fibroblasts, these help with skin by working in the dermal layers.
Verisol® can help with:
- Skin elasticity
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Decrease in cellulite
- Healthy nails and hair
Fortibone® can help with:
- Improve bone density
- Stimulate bone matrix formation
- Increase mobility
Collagen can be used daily. You can consume it using a bone broth or you can add a powder into your smoothie. The flavoured ones can be consumed mixed into water by themselves.
Many clients have stated that they love the benefits of using Collagen. They have found improvements with their skin, less fine lines, and wrinkles. Plus, the quality of their hair and nails has improved. In a study on VERISOL® Collagen peptides, it was found that there was a 15% increase in skin elasticity, 60% increase in collagen skin content and a 42% increase in hair and nail quality compared to a placebo.
After the age of 25 years own natural production of Collagen formation starts to decline. This continues at a rate of approximately 1-2% each year. Therefore, it is important to get your requirements via your diet and food.
The other bonus of using Collagen is that it helps improve your gut function. Collagen peptides can help repair the epithelial layer (the inner layer of your gut) and improve your wound healing capacity. It does this by providing the products needed to help knit the tissues back together.
So, if you would like to give Collagen a try head over the store and have a look. At Health Australia also does a great combination of Protein and Collagen in their Radiant Body Protein Powder range. The Vanilla Radiant is my favourite.
Authored by Jan Caton, BHSc-Naturopath. Naturopath and Owner of Magnolia Apothecary and The Conscious Spender.