WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body; it’s often thought of as the ‘glue’ found in our bones, muscles, skin, hair and tendons that helps hold it all together. It can help boost glowing skin, shiny hair, strong nails and a healthy digestive system. Plus, it provides support and strength to our connective tissues and joints.
Apart from age – sun exposure, smoking and too much sugar in our diet can damage collagen production, making us look older than we are.
There are three major types of collagen in our body: type I, II and III: type 1 provides our skin with its firmness, type II helps our joints move, and type III provides the plumpness to our skin.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS?
There are many types of collagen products, marine from fish and bovine from cows being the most common.
Marine collagen is typically made from fish scales and is very easily absorbed because of its low weight and size.
Bovine collagen from cows and can be consumed as a powder or from bone broths – a popular choice as a soup alternative or addition to stews.
Some collagen supplements include the benefits of powerful synergising ingredients, such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which help support and increase collagen production.
TOP 3 REASONS WE LOVE COLLAGEN:
To nourish skin
To support healthy digestion
To support joint health and pain management
Even if you don’t eat animal products, you can still boost your collagen production. Plenty of vegan-friendly supplements target skin, nail and hair health and contain the building blocks of collagen such as threonine and proline.
Choosing a diet rich in fruit and vegetables will also help support collagen production, for example:
Vitamin C from berries and pomegranate
Vitamin A from carrots and sweet potato
Sulphur from kim chi and sauerkraut
Antioxidants from black and green tea
Speak to our qualified Naturopath in store for advice on the best collagen to suit your needs!