Why You Should be Taking Collagen Everyday!

I’ve been taking 10grams of Collagen Peptides everyday for years now with a lot of awesome benefits. Let’s talk about why you should too!

Collagen is the primary building block of your body’s skin, muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments and other connective tissues. It’s also found in your organs, blood vessels and intestinal lining. Proteins are made from amino acids. The main amino acids that make collagen are proline, glycine and hydroxyproline.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Its fiber-like structure is used to make connective tissue. Like the name implies, this type of tissue connects other tissues and is a major component of bone, skin, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. It helps to make tissues strong and resilient, able to withstand stretching.

In food, collagen is naturally found only in animal flesh like meat and fish that contain connective tissue. However, a variety of both animal and plant foods contain materials for collagen production in our own bodies.

Our bodies gradually make less collagen as we age, but collagen production drops most quickly due to excess sun exposure, smoking, excess alcohol, and lack of sleep and exercise. With aging, collagen in the deep skin layers changes from a tightly organized network of fibers to an unorganized maze.  Environmental elements can damage collagen fibers reducing their thickness and strength.

What does the research say on collagen supplements?

Most research on collagen supplements is related to joint and skin health. We need more and more research but some randomized controlled trials have found that collagen supplements improve skin elasticity. Other trials have found that the supplements can improve joint mobility and decrease joint pain, like with osteoarthritis or in athletes. Collagen comprises about 60% of cartilage, a  firm tissue that surrounds bones and cushions them from the shock of high-impact movements; so a breakdown in collagen could lead to a loss of cartilage and joint problems.

How To Supplement?
10 grams of Collagen Protein peptides from a high quality source per day BEFORE training seems to be the magic formula for success. If you’re training hard, getting older or the combination of both then it’s time to add it to your regime.

If you’re interested in doing a deeper dive into the research take a look at this LINK
I think the results are promising!