Should I be taking collagen?
Collagen is said to be the largest protein in your body. Collagen plays a vital role in the health of your skin and bones as well as the structure of your stomach and intestines. It also improves digestion and “seals and heals” the digestive tract. We naturally create collagen in our bodies, but after the age of 20, the collagen in the body starts to decrease. What does this mean for you? Should you start taking collagen supplements now to offset this decrease? Let’s take a look.
Taking collagen supplements has become increasingly popular over the past few years but why does it actually do?
- Adds To Your Amino Acid Profile: Collagen contains a number of healing amino acids such as proline, lysine, and glycine – these are essential build blocks to repair damaged infrastructure and stomach and intestines.
- Protects The GI Tract: Collagen helps form connective tissue and therefore “seals and heals” to protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Improves Digestion: Collagen helps with the absorption of water within the intestines, keeping things moving more freely out of the body.
- Improve Skin Health: Many people who use collagen report feeling like they have a “collagen glow”. Collagen helps to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to its impact on skin elasticity.
- Thicker Hair and Nails: Nail breakage and hair thickness can also improve with regular collagen use.
There are a whole host of benefits to regularly taking collagen, but the lesser know is the benefits of collagen on gut health. Our digestive tracts are composed of the same amino acids that are abundant in collagen, and our grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen helps to repair and heal the sensitive infrastructure of the stomach and intestines. Due to the decrease of collagen being created in the body, adding a daily supplement will help restore and strengthen the intestinal lining that may have been broken down over time.
How To Take Collagen
Collagen can be found in gelatin, the connective tissues of animals, and foods high in vitamin C. However, if you’re not able to naturally build enough collagen in the body, a collagen supplement might be right for you.
Gut Garden’s Collagen Peptides is a powder. We recommended having one scoop daily with water, coffee, or tea. Some people may benefit more from two scoops a day – find what works for you!
We also have a few collagen-focused recipes we love:
- Nut Butter Energy Balls
- 6 Smoothies We Love
- Watermelon Mocktail
- Collage Coffee
- Gut Healthy Chocolate Milk
Side Effects of Taking Collagen
Unless you’re allergic to the ingredients in your collagen, it’s likely you won’t have any negative side effects.
As noted by the Cleveland Clinic, genetics play a large role in aging on the inside and outside of our body, however daily collagen has a plethora of benefits that everyone can benefit from.