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The Magic of Collagen

What can I say, I just love Collagen. I began researching collagen several years ago when I noticed my skin wasn’t looking as young as I thought it should. At the time, my interest was in adding elasticity and strength to my skin and honestly, I had no idea about any of the other benefits of collagen...

The Magic of Collagen

Five Reasons to Include it in Your Health Routine

What can I say, I just love Collagen. I began researching collagen several years ago when I noticed my skin wasn’t looking as young as I thought it should. At the time, my interest was in adding elasticity and strength to my skin and honestly, I had no idea about any of the other benefits of collagen.  

As the most abundant protein in our bodies, it is sometimes referred to as the glue that holds us together as it is found in our skin, bones, muscles, blood vessels and digestive system.

It’s unfortunate, but as we age, our bodies no longer produce enough collagen, which leads us to look older as we begin to notice wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. Of course, lifestyle factors also play a role in how we age and some of the biggest culprits are smoking, sun damage, and sugar.

In order to fight the signs of aging, collagen can play a big part. Here are five benefits of collagen that I’m so glad I discovered.

Improved skin health
Adding collagen to your diet may help improve the strength, elasticity, and moisture in your skin which reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.

May help strengthen nails and teeth
Collagen protein is also responsible for strong nails, hair, and teeth.

May help support healthy joints
If you’ve ever suffered from aching knees or joint pain, collagen may help to as it may help decrease swelling in joints, making it easier to move.

May help increase muscle mass and metabolism
Increasing muscle as we age is vital for posture, bone health, and increasing energy. Collagen assists with the conversion of essential nutrients in forming muscle tissue.

Digestive health
Collagen helps to strengthen and support the lining of the digestive tract so taking it helps promote gut health and may help to relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel issues.

How to add collagen in your diet

  • Bone broth has become popular because of the benefits but it’s also easy to add to your diet. You can use it to make a variety of soups, use it to flavor your meals or by adding it to crockpot dishes like stews.
  • Collagen powdered supplements make it easy to get enough in your diet as you can add it to smoothies, soups, coffee or tea.
  • Collagen Tablets are easy to take by adding them to your morning routine.

Maybe collagen isn’t exactly magic, but with all the benefits of adding it to your diet and how easy it is to do so, why wouldn’t you want to enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling your best?

REFERENCES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206255/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25989472
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17076983
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2764342/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14600124
 

 

Maria Pease
Health & Wellness Writer Bio
Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.