You’ve seen it advertised on TV ads, body lotion and even in supplements. Now they are adding it in protein powders. But what exactly is collagen and should you incorporate it into your life?

Type 1 collagen is a protein abundantly found in our bodies. It’s what gives our skin elasticity and strength. It’s basically the glue that holds our body together. There are about six types of collagen, but for brevity, we won’t get into that here.

So what is the big deal with collagen?

As we grow older, natural collagen production decreases in our body. You notice this in your skin as wrinkles appear, you’ll find that you have looser skin and less skin elasticity.

Topical Collagen has been around awhile, but Ingestible collagen first saw the light of day in Paleo Bone broth only recently, but now it’s available as hydrolyzed collagen.

You’re probably asking yourself if there are any safety concerns with consuming this supplement into your daily life. The short answer is No. Supplementing with collagen has been regarded as safe.

Here are six benefits of Collagen supplementation.

1) Over time, the aging process and exposure to the sun is largely to blame for the deteriorating skin condition we suffer. Supplementing with 5-10 grams of collagen hydrolysate improves skin elasticity, skin moisture, transepidermal water loss and skin roughness, all with little to no side effects. Making collagen one of the best natural skin care ingredients available.

2) Collagen makes up about 90% of our organic bone mass and is also a major component of joint cartilage. It assists your joints to move more efficiently, reduces pain often associated with aging and even reduces the risk of joint deterioration. Recent studies even found that collagen is an effective treatment for treating osteoarthritis and other joint pain and disorders.

3) Supplementing with collagen can provide digestive relief, including leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition to helping heal leaky gut syndrome, collagen also helps with the absorption of water within the intestines, promoting smooth intestinal transit and healthy bowel movements.

4) Collagen protein has a high percentage of the amino acid glycine. It also contains the amino acid arginine. A boost in collagen intake may help increase your metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your body and assisting with the conversion of essential nutrients. Supplementation can support the synthesis of creatine in the body to improve athletic performance. Glycine and Arginine are necessary for the synthesis of creatine. Providing energy for muscle contractions and helps build muscle strength, size, and power. One of glycine’s most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells. Further supplementation with Vitamin C helps ensure your body converts the collagen into useable protein.

5) Supplementing with collagen protein is the building block of your fingernails, hair, and teeth. Adding collagen to your dietary regimen can help keep your nails healthy and possibly reverse signs of hair loss.

6) Collagen is helpful if you’re looking to detox your body of harmful substances, improve blood flow and keep your heart healthy. That’s because glycine helps reduce the damage your liver faces when it absorbs foreign substances like toxins or alcohol that shouldn’t be passing through it.

Like every supplement out there always consult your doctor before beginning your new routine.

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