Collagen

I just started adding Collagen to my smoothies as my protein source in the past 6 months.  Little did I know all of the benefits of it.  I knew it was good for me but had know idea just how much.

We’ve all heard that collagen is good for skin and strong nails but it goes much further than that.

Collagen is found throughout your body in organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails, teeth, bones, blood vessels, tendons, joints, cartilage and your digestive system according to Dr. Amy Myers, who works in the field of autoimmunity.  There are 16 different types of collagen that do different things but the majority of collagen is Type 1 being the strongest, found in your skin, eyes, bones, organs and digestive tract.

I have taken this information from an article on Dr. Amy Myers website, www.amymyers.com.  I follow her website and information she shares as it is helpful to me and my autoimmune disease MS.

According to Amy’s article about collagen, our bodies start to slow down production of our own collagen around age 35.  At age 40 this slow down in production increases and by age 60 over half of your bodies collagen is depleted.    Dr. Myers suggests adding a collagen supplement to your daily diet is important for good health and proper functioning of your body.

The top health benefits of consuming collagen supplement on a daily basis are as follows:

  1.  Most of your immune system is in your gut.  Leaky gut, which is very common in many of us is the root cause of autoimmune diseases and thyroid issues.  Dr. Myers firmly believes that supplementing with collagen in this case would definitely help.  The collagen basically “seals the leak” in Dr. Myers words.  The collagen heals the damage and builds new tissue in the gut.  I have to say that this is true.  Since I started adding daily collagen to my smoothies my digestion has improved so much.  The collagen also helps with IBS as it assists in water absorption in the intestines.
  2. Collagen is essential to hair, skin and nails.  As we age the production decreases so adding supplemental collagen to your diet will help your skin to remain firm with less wrinkles.  I get compliments about my skin from people, both those who know me and from people I meet for the first time.  So…something is working right?
  3. Collagen supplementation is a great supporter in the “anti-inflammatory” war.  Collagen contains amino acids glycine and proline that aid in reducing joint pain and increases joint mobility.   With MS these benefits are appreciated.  Anything to help with reduced pain and mobility is a bonus.
  4. Collagen helps to boost your metabolism therefore helping with weight management.
  5. The proline in collagen helps keep your arteries clean of plaque which is a huge benefit to your heart.
  6. Collagen is part of the material in your skeleton.  So adding collagen helps to strengthen your bones and increases bone mineral density.
  7. The glycine in collagen helps with detoxification and helps your liver eliminate toxins.

It’s a really good idea to get collagen into your daily nutrition.  There are foods rich in collagen such as spinach, kale, tomatoes, beets, fish, bone broth.  Because I don’t eat these foods everyday, I choose to supplement with a powdered collagen in my daily breakfast smoothie.  My collagen powder is organic, non-GMO, tasteless, gluten free and fat free.  It’s an easy way to incorporate it into my daily routine.

So…do your skin, bones and gut a favor….add powdered collagen to your routine.

 

 

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