Collagen protein is one of the most talked about supplements in the health, fitness, and even beauty space right now … but what exactly is Collagen? And how can it benefit so many different areas in life?
First of all, Collagen is a protein structure created naturally in the human body, and it is the most abundant amino acid in the entire body.
Collagen actually makes up about 90% of the bone mass and connective tissue in your body AND 70% of your skin. Think of Collagen as the glue that’s holding us together that helps keep your joints strong, and your skin tight healthy and clear.
Not only does Collagen help keep everything together, but it is actually aiding in proper digestive function and can help heal damaged stomach lining.
Collagen also helps our body break down and absorb nutrients better while limiting bloating and decreasing digestive distress.
You’re probably saying, “That sounds amazing, but if my body can manufacture it’s own collagen why would I need to supplement with it?” Well, after the age of 25 our bodies Collagen production drastically decreases … and your nutrition and overall lifestyle can accelerate this decline.
By supplementing with a quality Collagen product, you can sway these amazing protein structures back into your favor … which will keep your body moving, and your hair skin and nails glowing like your younger years!
Like any supplement, it’s not just about what you take, it’s about what you actually absorb, and utilize.
To ensure optimal absorption you always want to look for Collagen peptides or “Hydrolyzed” Collagen proteins … these are pre-broken down and much easier for your body to digest and absorb.
Another big marker (as with most supplements in powdered form) is to look for products that have not been exposed to high heat or chemicals which can denature the protein structures making them less bioavailable to the human body.
A collagen powder is not necessarily where you should start when it comes to supplements …. There are many other products that will have a more substantial impact on your results. However, a quality collagen powder will help you regardless of what your goals are.
If you need any help picking out what product is right for your goals, please reach out to one of our Certified Sports Nutrition Specialists and they will help customize a supplement plan for you!
*This post was written by John Taylor. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.