By Dr. Rubina Tahir, DC, co-founder of The Positivity Charge
The good news: our body makes collagen. The bad news: production of collagen slows down as we age. Ok, so–we are all aware that 70 is not the new 20, but if collagen is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, the digestive system, and our tendons, maybe we SHOULD be concerned about aging gracefully. Prevention is the best medicine, and adding collagen to your routine is said to amp up your protein, soothe achy joints, improve gut health, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. *immediately stirs Vital Proteins Strawberry Lemon stick pack into water* Here are 3 reasons why the collagen craze makes sense:
Drink Your Way To Better Skin, Hair & Nails
With so many health products on the market it’s a good idea to be super picky about what to add in your shakes, mix in your yogurt, or allow anywhere near your morning cup of coffee. After all, there are only so many beverages one can incorporate into a healthy routine without feeling like you are on a perma liquid diet just to fit everything in. Since collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity, sipping on a collagen beverage might just be the anti-aging spa experience you are looking for. The research is promising: two studies published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology find a daily regimen of collagen supplement improves skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles around the eyes by 20 percent after just eight weeks.
Product Pick: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
PRO: 100% pure collagen protein – clean, tasteless, and dissolves & absorbs quickly.
Recipe Pick: Vital Proteins Matcha Waffle
Reduces Joint Pain, Stiffness, and Inflammation
When it comes to joints and tendons, collagen is like glue that helps hold the body together. Let me tell you, I need to keep it together because there are many more yoga classes, 5K’s, spin classes, pilates, health retreats, and bootcamps that I want to go to– and give it my all. I am certain that you feel the same way! Doing the activities that we love is part of a healthy lifestyle. The science looks promising: in one study collagen proved 25% more effective in reducing osteoarthritis pain and stiffness compared to other anti-inflammatories such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. So we don’t need to skip leg day!
Product Pick: Banana Cinnamon Collagen Whey
PRO: Helps to enhance athletic performance, improve hydration, assist with recovery, and deliver protein to the body.
Recipe Pick: Peanut Butter Strawberry Protein Shake
Collagen Benefits Gut Health
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is made up of amino acids. Think of amino acids as building blocks or lego pieces. There are 20 amino acids that are found within proteins, and they carry out many important bodily functions. Fun fact: The amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and gastro-intestinal tract! So you guessed it, supplementatoin with collagen can help ease your tummy troubles including: leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Product pick: Organic Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth
PRO: Supports digestion, aids in immune function, and promotes overall health and wellness.
Recipe pick: Ginger Chicken Curry
Curious about more collagen recipes like waffles, protein bars, egg muffins, or even chili? Head over to the Vital Proteins blog, I know you will find many yummy ideas!