What is that, what do you mean you put it in your coffee every morning?
I started to notice some dramatic changes in my body over the past few months and started to wonder why and what had possibly had an effect on me.
So I thought what a great blog post topic for this week!
Collagen supplements seem to be the new rage at the moment and you might be wondering what its all about and how or whether they even work.
So lets take a closer look.
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body.
It makes up connective tissues - tendons and cartilage and plays an important role in looking after our bones, skin and gut health.
Cosmetically, collagen fillers are popular for giving fuller, younger looking skin.
Clinically its been used to help with the effectiveness of treating wounds and burns, helping to reduce the risk of infection and to help boost the natural production of collagen in our body.
Research although minimal so far, its starting to show that the use of collagen as a supplement in the diet can help to improve skin elasticity - maybe even helping reduce the appearance of cellulite and helping to decrease the appearance of wrinkles.
Those who struggle regularly with joint pain may also find collagen supplementation to be useful.
Why do we have less collagen?
On a daily basis we are exposed to things that can reduce the synthesis of collagen in the body, including sun exposure, excess sugar in the diet and things like drinking and smoking may also reduce the synthesis.
It also can reduce naturally as we age, women especially those going through menopause.
How can we boost collagen production?
A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, adequate intake of protein and a variety of nutrients.
Particularly Vitamin C, this is essential for synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, oranges, lemons and red capsicums.
Dietary sources of copper and iron also are essential for the synthesis of collagen. Copper foods include sesame seeds, tempt, lentils, cashews) and Iron foods (beans, tofu, lean beef, chicken, dark leafy greens)
The supplementation of collagen can be found in most health food stores these days. Typically its made from cow tissues but can be found in other forms. Ive only been using the bovine. If you are going to take one, make sure that you use one that is of best and highest quality. Research the product.
Whether you decide to give the supplement a try, changing up your diet can definitely help and making changes to your lifestyle (sun exposure, quit smoking and moderation alcohol consumption (if any).
Remember also always to consult a medical practitioner before starting any new diet or supplementation.
Would love to hear about your experience - or if you are keen to give it a try?
Share your thoughts below