While many reach for the heavy, sweetened creamers each morning, my go-to coffee “mate” is a heaping scoop of collagen!
Now, I know many of you may already take it as part of your daily beauty regeneration, but did you know collagen actually has far greater benefit to your health that go way beyond just a pretty face?
Let me explain…
First off, (for those who don’t know) what is collagen?
Collagen is a protein that is found in our bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, and cartilage. Although it is present naturally in our bodies, it declines with age (as do most things) leaving us vulnerable to achy joints, sore muscles, wrinkly skin and brittle bones. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a collagen supplement each day, to replenish our body’s natural supply.
What are the benefits of taking collagen each day?
Other than the obvious, collagen has several little known health benefits that, in my opinion, place it at the top of the supplement charts!
1. It Repairs Joins And Connective Tissue:
Got sore joints? Been aching after your workouts? Try collagen!
Research studies have shown that collagen reduces joint pain and inflammation, and may even help heal degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.
2. It Improves Sleep:
Sleep is one commodity that we cannot live without!
Research suggests that those who used a collagen supplement reported falling asleep faster at night, and staying asleep, And better sleep = better health, better performance, and a better overall quality of life in general.
3. It Calms Anxiety:
The secret behind collagen’s anti-anxiety superpower is the amino acid, glycine. Glycine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter—a chemical in the brain that stops the fight or flight response, calms the brain, and balances mood.
It works much the same way as anti-anxiety medications, only without any of the adverse side effects or need for a prescription.
NOTE: i am not a medical professional, nor am I suggesting the use of collagen to treat or cure any suspected or known medical conditions. if you experience extreme anxiety or depression, please consult your doctor immediately!
4. It Strengthens Bones:
As we age, and especially for women, bone health should become a major priority.
Since bones are actually 90% collagen, a daily dose of this superior supplement can actually help to prevent potential bone loss. In fact, studies have shown collagen “to support bone health through increased bone and mineral density, increased bone size, less brittle bones, and the stimulation of osteoblast activity.” In a nut shell, it helps replenish what years of wear and tear take out.
5. It Helps Reduce Appetite:
For those looking to manage their weight, or even shed a few pounds, collagen is a great option over meal replacement drinks, which can be high in sugar, additives and unhealthy fillers
A serving of collagen contains between 7-10 grams of healthy, satisfying protein, which can aid in satiety and give you a much needed energy boost. In fact, studies show those who took a collagen supplement at breakfast actually ate 20% less food at lunch.
6. It Heals Leaky Gut:
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a condition that involves damage of the lining of the small intestine causing incompletely digested nutrients, toxins, bacteria, and wastes to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream.
The foreign substances entering the blood can cause an autoimmune response in the body including inflammatory and allergic reactions ranging from respiratory problems, digestive issues and headaches to joint pain, skin conditions and a whole lot more.
Because damaged cells in the intestines may fail to produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion, absorption of essential nutrients is compromised creating further imbalance throughout the body that can contribute to various issues including hormone imbalance and a weakened immune system.
LGS is a growing problem that leaves one feeling bloated, tired and moody among other things, but fortunately, collagen can help by working to re-establish the integrity of the intestinal lining to heal leaky gut.
Basically, it helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing them with healing amino acids, and it helps form connective tissue, which“seals and heals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
7. It Improves Liver Health:
The glycine found in collagen also helps minimize damage your liver experiences when it absorbs foreign substances, toxins, or alcohol that shouldn’t be passing through it. Studies have even found that glycine can be used to help reduce alcohol-induced liver damage and other forms of acute or chronic liver injury.
8. It Protects Cardiovascular Health:
Collagen contains another amino acid called proline which helps your artery walls release fat buildup in the bloodstream, shrinking the fat in the arteries and minimizing fat accumulation. Proline is needed for tissue repair within the joints and arteries, plus it helps control blood pressure. It’s also linked with the prevention of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) since it helps our arteries stay clear of dangerous plaque buildup.
In addition, another amino acid present in collagen called arginine helps with nitric oxide production, which allows for better vasodilation — meaning the widening of arteries and relaxation of muscle cells and blood vessels which allows for better circulation.
And, there you have it, eight little known reasons why collagen may just be the superhero of the supplement world!
For optimal health, I recommend a 5 to 10 g serving of collagen each day. Also, if taking it in powder form, you’re going to want to mix it in room temperature or hot liquid, as it will not dissolve at all in cold liquid.