By now you’ve probably heard someone mention the word collagen at some point. It has become a popular supplement in many diets over the last few years. As this form of protein makes waves, it’s important to understand what it is and how it can help you.
Collagen has become a very ‘trendy’ supplement that offers a variety of benefits. No matter what health store you walk into, you’re bound to see many different options of collagen supplements from powders to capsules. With the vast amount of collagen supplements available comes a level of misinformation and products that make promises they simply can’t keep.
We’ve decided to break down everything you need to know about collagen in one simple blog so that you can make the best decision when deciding to up your collagen intake.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most prominent type of protein found in your body, particularly in connective tissues like your tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles.
Collagen has many important functions in your body which include giving your skin a healthy structure and strengthening your bones.
Did you know there are 28 different types of collagen in your body?
The top 4 types are;
- The most common type is found in all connective tissue
- Collagen found in joints and your intervertebral discs (these are the little cushions that act as shock absorbers in your spine)
- The main component in reticular fibres found in your skin and blood vessels
- Collagen found in your kidneys, inner ear and your eye lens
Although collagen is naturally produced in your body, as you begin to age, your collagen production begins to decline. Poor health and nutrition can also have an impact on the collagen levels in your body.
What foods contain collagen?
You may be able to naturally increase your collagen levels by adding some of these foods to
- Gelatin, such as bone broth – gelatin is a protein source derived from collagen once it’s been cooked
- Chicken skin, pork skin, beef, and fish are good sources of collagen
- Vitamin C is crucial in assisting the collagen to work well in your body. It’s a good idea to eat foods that are high in vitamin C like citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers
More research is needed to determine the benefits of collagen-rich foods as opposed to a collagen supplement.