As we age our collagen production decreases, even to the point where destruction becomes greater than production. Collagen plays a huge role in our bodies by significantly promoting healthier hair, skin and nails, supporting joint and bone health, supporting a healthy inflammatory response due to over exercise, improving sleep quality and more. Essentially, collagen is what holds us together– it’s the main fiber in connective tissue and the single most abundant protein in the body.
The production of collagen is at its highest during times of growth when bones and muscles are being formed, and reaches its peak around 20 years old. Following this peak however, collagen slows its production less and less, forcing our scaffolding to become weaker.
It was found from a randomized, double blind, controlled trial, that 250 subjects with osteoarthritis of the knee were given 10g of collagen hydrolysate (hydrolyzed form of collagen) each day for 6 months, and resulted in a significant improvement in knee joint comfort (source).
Collagen plays a huge role in our bodies as it constitutes up to 90% of bone mass, giving bone its toughness and tensile strength. Every day our bones continue to be remodeled by osteoblasts, cells that form and remodel bone structures. It was found that the presence of collagen peptides stimulates osteoblasts to regenerate more bone (source).
70% of our skin is comprised of collagen. Without it, skin loses elasticity and firmness, creating wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines, and can even lead to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. The amino acids present in collagen peptides like glycine, alanine, proline and hydroxyproline play a part in promoting younger looking skin, improving moisture and smoothness of skin and reducing wrinkles.
There are several things you can do to help slow the progression of collagen breakdown and visible aging. For example, since collagen is what helps keep our skin hydrated, elastic, flexible and resistant, you can always focus on preventing losing what collagen you already have. Two ways to do this include limiting as many damaging environmental factors (i.e. staying away from cigarette smoke, exercising regularly, consuming less alcohol) and of course, consuming proper nutrients in the diet. Vitamin C is required for collagen production, so boosting your diet with vitamin C-rich foods is key in allowing collagen to be made.
These Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are easy to add to literally anything because they absorb into cold and hot water, smoothies, oatmeal, coffee, and baking ingredients. The peptides truly dissolve better than any other protein I’ve tried, and there is virtually no taste at all. When blending the peptides in a blender, you will commonly get a frothy and lighter consistency.
Another benefit to collagen is the support it has in digestion. My stomach is very sensitive when it comes to digesting protein powders, but these collagen peptides have made it so much easier for me to incorporate protein into my diet without the GI issues. The good thing about Vital Proteins is that they are free from any unnecessary fillers or additives.
Both cartilage and collagen work together to help your body function correctly. Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that cushions and protects the ends of bones, while allowing them to move smoothly. Similar to collagen, cartilage also changes as we age, becoming thinner and slowly deteriorating after years and years of stress put on the joints. With this stress and degeneration comes inflammation, which can cause major joint pain and soreness.
Vital Proteins offers a Cartilage Collagen Bovine Tracheal Cartilage supplement, rich in the amino acids glycine and proline that provide the building blocks necessary for cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin and bone. This supplement is also rich in Glycosaminoglycans whose primary role is to promote the ability of collagen and elastin to retain moisture and repair the skin.
I’ve been taking Vital Proteins Cartilage Collagen and Collagen Peptides for just about two months now and my body has been feeling incredible. I finally have strong nails and I’m definitely starting to notice a difference with my post-exercise recovery and soreness. I can’t wait to see more changes as I continue to supplement with them! I also just started incorporating Vital Proteins Beef Liver pills, which are rich in vitamin A, B12, folate, riboflavin, zinc, copper and choline, all nutrients essential for healthy human function.
Like I said above, I try incorporating Collagen Peptides in at least one of my meals during the day, especially smoothies, matcha lattes, tea, or baking. I created a Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream recipe using the Peptides and it is absolutely incredible! Fresh ingredients and so simple to make. It’s exactly what I’ve been craving during these hot summer afternoons. Click here for the recipe!
Overall, I definitely recommend supplementing your diet with collagen in order to help combat the progression of this collagen in the body. Not only is it a great source of highly digestible, nutrient-dense protein to add your normal intake, many of us may be lacking this type of protein in our diets that would otherwise be very beneficial.
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