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Collagen is all the Rage!

Jan 4, 2017
Wellbeing Wednesday
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Collagen Will Help Your Aging

Collagen, found in human muscle, skin, tendons, cartilage, teeth, bones, blood vessels and the body’s digestive organs, is the most plentiful protein in the body. There are several types of collagen including Types 1, which is the most common, and Types 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. From repairing cells to giving the skin strength and elasticity, to serving as the glue to the body’s tendons and joints, this protein is uniquely special. However, science has revealed that collagen production slows as we age and partake in certain unfavorable lifestyle choices. Luckily, there are other ways we can improve collagen maintenance in our bodies over time. Incorporating more high protein food sources in our normal diet like chicken, eggs, beef and fish is a sure fire way to get more collagen. More specifically though, we should try bone broth in meal recipes, simply drink it, use collagen supplements, and maintain a well-rounded meal plan to absorb the collagen you consume. Despite knowing what collagen is and how to get it, we still do not fully understand the benefits of having it as a staple to our regular meal planning. Change that with these simple tips.

4 Reasons why Collagen should be in your diet!

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It reduces joint aches, pains and degenerationHave you ever felt stiff and achy when you move? Collagen could be the solution to your pain! Collagen serves as the gel-like glue for our joints. It holds our bones together and allows body movement without feeling achy. When collagen wears down over time, we experience stiffness and pain, swelling of the joints and lack of mobility of the tendons and ligaments. So eat or drink your collagen, especially Type 2, to avoid age-related conditions like osteoarthritis.It maintains cardiovascular healthCollagen is made of prolines which helps control blood pressure and heart health. It removes fat in the artery walls and decreases the accumulation of the fat. As we get more wear and tear on the body, this special piece acts as a shock absorber for the joints and can repair the tissue of joints and arteries. Since the prolines in the protein help the body’s arteries remain clean, plaque buildup decreases while circulation improves. Try incorporating a variety of collagen types in your diet to remain free of heart-related conditions like arteriosclerosis. It helps maintain healthy skin The common thread here is the aging process. Overtime, we begin to show signs of it physically: visible wrinkles, loose skin, more dimpling, decline in elasticity, etc. Collagen helps skin cells repair and renew, so it's an important ingredient to firmer, smoother and younger looking skin. Aim to get types 1 and 3 to visibility see your skin improve. It improves metabolism, energy and muscle massGlycine is another amino acid that makes up collagen. It helps convert glucose in the body into energy that supports muscle. Maintaining muscle mass as we age is critical to retaining healthy bones, and proper posture. And let’s not forget, the more muscle we have, the easier it is to burn fat. Additionally, glycine helps our digestive and central nervous systems function optimally. When taking in your collagen through your foods, you should also consider consuming vitamin C. This Vitamin helps convert it into useable energy.

– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC

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