Collagen is one of the hottest trends right now, but what is it and what does it actually do?
You can find collagen in almost every type of supplement. There is collagen powder, collagen water, collagen in beauty products, and even health bars, so what is it and why is it such a craze?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found everywhere from blood vessels, to gut, to bones (there is even more collagen stores in your bones than calcium). Its main role is structure and overtime our collagen stores deplete. Lacking collagen in the body can lead to joint pain, loss of elasticity in the skin, leaky gut, and more. Thankfully by eating a diet that has collagen rich foods, it can help maintain stores and support overall health.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a complex protein that contains 19 amino acids. Proline and Glycine are the primary amino acids that are not easily found in the “western diet”. The best collagen rich foods are fish skin, egg shell membrane, bovine/chicken skin, bones and organ meat (i.e. liver). Foods that not many of us enjoy on a daily basis. Luckily, collagen is easily found in a variety of supplements.
So what does it do exactly?
Research shows that collagen has a number of health benefits including, but not limited to:
- May increase metabolism
- Aids in detoxification and liver support
- Heart Health benefits
The Bottom Line
Collagen can be taken easily in supplemental form in a number of ways. It is safe to cook with, can maintain its integrity in hot + cold temperatures and can be found in powder, liquid and pill form.
It is important to note that it should be taken with a Vitamin C source if possible to make sure you are getting full absorption.
Collagen is considered an extremely safe supplement to consume and outside of allergies to its sourcing, there are very limited reports of side effects from taking collagen.
What’s my favorite way of getting in collagen?
I like making Collagen coffee in the morning with a side of berries for Vitamin C.