Collagen, The Need to Supplement
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body. Find out what why it's so important and what it does for you.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein that really is the “glue” that holds our bodies together. In fact, collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body, nearly 1/3rd of its dry weight.1 Collagen is extremely strong and is a key part of our connective tissue - bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and skin. It is also critical for the integrity of the lining of our gastrointestinal tract, for blood vessels and much more!2
Like all proteins, collagen is made up of a variety of amino acids (protein building blocks). Collagen is extremely rich in the amino acid glycine, and is also high in proline. The body produces collagen in key times of our lives but as we age, the production decreases significantly, leaving our skin less youthful and less apt to healing, our joints stiff, and our intestional tract susceptable to leaky gut.
Getting collagen in your diet (through gelatin, which is basically cooked collagen) or taking a supplement can provide your body with the necessary amino acids for maintaining strong bones and joints, keeping skin looking young and healthy, and for tissue repair and healing, including healing the lining of the intestinal tract. Along with this, getting enough vitamin C is critical since it is involved in the production of collagen in the body.
Traditionally, people got much more collagen/gelatin in their diet than most of us do now. Our western society tends to favour muscle meats, but does little with the bones, cartilage or other parts of an animal. Traditional societies used the whole animal, from nose to tail—and with good reason. The amino acids in collagen or gelatin help to balance out the muscle meats.
The most economical means of deriving collagen is to make your own bone broth. If you don’t have the time to make your own, consider purchasing some from Stock Exchange Bone Broth which we carry in store. When looking to a supplement alternative which is which are easily absorbed, consider Naka’s liquid “Nutri-Collagen” providing 5g/tablespoon serving in a great apple taste!
Keeping healthy doesn't end when the better weather arrives. By maintaining good eating habits including organic foods, healthy exercise, and stress-busting moments in our day, we can look forward to a summer filled with a healthy glow!
1 Silverthorn, Dee Unglaub (2004). Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach (3rd ed). San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education.
2 Karp, Gerald (2002). Cell and Molecular Biology: Concept and Expirements (3rd ed). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.