Collagen 101: Here's what you need to know...

Collagen 101: Here's what you need to know...

Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein found in the body, making up to 65% of our total protein. It makes up connective tissues, like tendons and cartilage, and plays an important role in the integrity of our bones, skin, and even the gut. Check out our Collagen 101 if you want to learn more...

Collagen 101: Our guide to the collagen essentials. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions in our collagen 101 guide, we hope this helps you to learn a bit more about this amazing protein and the reasons why we are so passionate about it.

What is collagen? The word “collagen” is derived from the Greek word “kolla”, which literally means glue. Collagen is the glue that keeps us together and prevents us from falling apart, it makes up a large portion of the protein content in the body, and is the main structural protein found in skin and connective tissues. It makes up our digestive lining, hair/skin/nails, bones and joints, so is vitally important for health, especially as we age.

What reduces collagen production? As we age our natural production of collagen starts to slow down. Once we hit 25 we start producing less and less collagen each year and can start to notice differences in our skin and joint health. Many factors affect our bodies production of collagen including high amounts of sugar in the diet, which essentially ages your skin through a process called glycation, whereby sugar binds to collagen and over time destroys the density of elastin and collagen. Sun over-exposure, smoking, caffeine and alcohol can also affect our collagen production.

How can we support our collagen production? Avoiding or minimizing the factors mentioned above that affect our collagen production is a good place to start. Make sure your diet contains plenty of vitamin C rich foods like colourful fruits and veggies and leafy greens. Vitamin C is a key factor the synthesis of collagen. Bone broth, or collagen powder is the most direct way to support your bodies collagen production.

Why supplement with collagen powder? Collagen rich foods were abundant in the diets of our ancestors, who would use all parts of an animal to make nutrient rich bone broths. Our modern day diets packed with muscle meats, are lacking the balance of anti-inflammatory amino acids that collagen provides. Collagen is not found in a salmon fillet or a piece of chicken breast- but in the parts of an animal we don't tend to consume like skin, joints, bones and muscle tissue. Many of us simply don’t have the time to be slaving away making bone broth all day, which is why collagen supplements can come in very handy. Research has shown collagen powder to be beneficial for all kinds of symptoms and conditions from osteoporosis to arthritis, skin hydration to improving muscle mass.

Sources of collagen... The two main sources of collagen are bovine which is derived from cows, and marine which is derived from fish. Marine and bovine collagen powder are rich in type 1 collagen (the most abundant form in our bodies) which gives structure to skin, tendons, bones, and organs, supports the gut and aids wound healing. Consuming collagen supplements helps us produce more collagen in our own bodies, the amino acids it contains will help us to rebuild collagen within the body.

Which form should I take? There is no research that suggests one source of collagen powder is better than the other, so it’s down to individual preference and personal needs. If you avoid meat then try our marine collagen powder. If you are looking for collagen powder for a specific purpose then our blends with added herbs and nutrients offer more targeted support.

Difference between collagen powder and gelatine? Both possess a very similar amino acid profile. Collagen peptides have undergone a natural process where the amino acids in gelatine are broken down into smaller, highly absorbable molecules. Hydrolysed collagen powder blends smoothly into drinks and foods without affecting the texture, whereas gelatine will thicken when cooled- it is useful for thickening soups and broths, or making homemade gummy sweets! Both are highly anti-inflammatory, and support healthy joints, bones, guts, hair, nails, skin. Stay tuned for an exciting new product in the next few months.

Where does your collagen powder come from? Our pure collagen powder is sourced from grass-fed pasture raised cattle in South America, with no GMOs, hormones or antibiotics used in the raising of the animals. Our marine collagen is derived from molva-molva fish which are sustainably line caught off the coast of France.

How does collagen powder taste? Our pure (bovine) and marine collagen supplements are completely unflavoured and odourless, they do not change the texture of whatever you add them too. You can add them to hot or cold drinks, pancakes, smoothies, yoghurt or baking recipes- the choices are endless.

How do I take Collagen powder? We recommend 1-2 scoops of collagen powder per day. If you are new to collagen, it's best to start slowly and build up your dose gradually. You can split the dose throughout the day or take it all at once. You can take collagen on a long term basis, and it can be a staple in your supplement routine.

When should I take collagen powder? It’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine, and you can add it to your morning coffee/tea, or smoothie to have a protein packed start to the day, supporting blood sugar balance, and providing satiation. Taking it after a workout should support recovery, and taking it before bed will aid recovery and repair overnight. Collagen powder at any time of day is going to be beneficial, as long as you are consistent with its use.

Is there a plant based collagen? Collagen always comes from the animal kingdom. Vegans can take supplements like vitamin C, MSM, proline, copper and manganese which may support the bodies own production of collagen. We hope this collagen 101 was useful, if you have any more questions we can answer, drop us an email or a message on our social channels. If we get lots of other questions you guys want answering on all things collagen then we might put out a collagen 101 part two, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
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