Colllagen 101: The What, The How, and The Why?

Collagen seems to be the new celebrity in wellness these days. Everywhere you look, health and fitness experts are touting collagen as the new wellness-whammy for its digestive, nutritive, and beauty benefits.

For years collagen has been a mainstay in the beauty and skincare aisles. Collagen keeps skin’s elasticity, suppleness, and luster. Same with hair and nails; collagen is vital for maintaining healthy, shiny hair and building strong nails.

Collagen is also a weapon in fighting torments of the gut. Studies have shown collagen’s particular structural properties and amino acid profile heals stomach ulcers, balances stomach acid secretion, assists in digestion, and diminishes gut inflammation.

What exactly IS collagen though?

Collagen is the fibrous substance that provides structure and binds the body together. Luckily, our bodies are replete with collagen. Collagen, especially type 1, is the most profuse protein within our bodies. Along with supplying skin with its strength and elasticity, collagen is found in our muscles, joints, bones, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons.

Along with everything else it seems, collagen depletes as we age, therefore supplementing collagen is crucial to maintain its benefits. There are many ways to amplify collagen assimilation in the body; if you are an omnivore, collagen peptides from bone broth are a great addition to your diet, if you don’t eat meat, but fish is okay, marine peptides from wild salmon may be the route you’ll go.

For vegans and vegetarians, since plants do not contain collagen, there isn’t a parallel vegetarian option, so for non-meat eaters, it’s about maintaining their collagen supply or filling your plate up with anti-oxidant rich foods which build up rather than destroy collagen stockpiles. Foods high in Vitamin C {strawberries, leafy greens, broccoli,  peppers, + citrus fruits} are all essential factors in collagen synthesis.  Protein, specifically the amino acids glycine, lysine and proline {pastured eggs, bone broth, legumes} are  great collagen builders. Plant sources like quinoa, sea vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, hemp and pea protein, lentils and tempeh provide solid collagen-sustaining protein too. Cucumbers, celery, radishes, red cabbage are all high in Silicon which contains a ton of collagen; and minerals Manganese + Copper, found in hazelnuts, black beans, sunflower sees, oysters, almonds, lentils and asparagus, are vital for the development and production of collagen.


From bone to joint to skin, to our precious digestive systems, who knew that collagen is such a vital player in our vitality? Thankfully we don’t have accept its depletion lying down. With proper nutrition and supplementation, our collagen caches can stay flush.

Happy, healthy tuesday Gritties!

 


As for our Halloween Costume contest we didn’t have anyone get them all correct, but we had {2} who were close-

Andrea Riche and Maura Quist are our two Halloween Winners…you both have had {3} classes added to your accounts. Congratulations. Head on over to the Halloween post to see the answers.

 

 

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