Collagen has emerged as the new must-have supplement found in the hands of those desiring the effects from the fountain of youth. While the fountain of youth may seem something like a fairy tale, health enthusiasts and beauty gurus are swearing by it.
With many different types of collagen out on the market comes many different results on your body. You probably want to research before you dive in too deep.
We’ve got the 411 on all things collagen: what it is, what you should stay away from, and how to take it! Sit back, take notes and learn why collagen is flooding your Instagram feed and smoothie recipes.
What is Collagen?
Let’s cover the basics before we get into the nitty-gritty. What is collagen anyway
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, accounting for one-third of all protein. It’s everywhere, present in your skin, hair, nails, muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage. Think of collagen as what holds our bodies together. As the main component of our connective tissues, we would literally fall apart without it.
The reason it is linked to skincare? Collagen is the magic behind the plump and supple look associated with youthful skin.
Our bodies naturally create collagen on their own using nutrients from our food to fuel the process. It does this by combining amino acids in protein-rich food. This process also requires vitamin C, which you can get from eating citrus, peppers, tomatoes, and other greens. As well as zinc and copper which you can get from eating meats, grains, and beans.
With stress and age, our collagen production slows down, leading to wrinkles, delicate joints, and brittle hair. In comes the beloved supplement, and along with many creams, ointments, and pills claiming to reverse time. So, how do we know what works?
What is Hydrolyzed Collagen?
Natural collagen molecules are big, making it less likely it will be absorbed into our body after digestion. Hydrolyzed collagen (or collagen peptides) are broken down for easier absorption. When collagen is hydrolyzed, it breaks into chains of amino acids. After digestion, collagen can travel throughout the body and stimulate cells to produce new collagen.
Where Does Collagen Come From?
Collagen isn’t just in humans, it is the main structural component for all animals. Collagen in supplements can be derived from mammals (beef or pork) or marine life (fish).
The collagen in cows is very similar to our own. Bovine collagen peptides are derived from the naturally occurring protein in cows. These proteins are turned into a powder to add into your morning smoothie or protein shake.
What About Plant-Based Collagen?
There are no vegan sources of collagen – it simply doesn’t exist in the plant kingdom. Vegan supplements can help boost your body’s natural production of collagen, but it’s not actually “collagen” in those supplements. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can take Vitamin C and silica to promote your collagen production.
What is Collagen Good For?
People are throwing collagen into their morning coffee, smoothies, and tea. What can it do for you? We’ve rounded up some of the benefits associated with taking hydrolyzed collagen supplements.
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Collagen For Skin
Collagen makes up almost 80 percent of your skin! As we age, we stop producing enough collagen to replace what is being broken down. Your skin can also take a hit from stress, sun damage, and air pollution.
There are many ways to keep our skin healthy. Staying hydrated, eating veggies, wearing SPF like a second skin, and getting in a quick sweat session can do wonders for your skin.
You can level up these healthy habits by drinking your skincare. Taking hydrolyzed collagen may improve skin’s elasticity, smoothing wrinkles and roughness.
Collagen For Joint Health
With age comes the inevitable reality of joint, back, and knee pain which can put a huge damper on an activity you love. A study published in the National Library of Medicine showed hydrolyzed collagen intake can have beneficial effects on joint and bone health. Being free from achy, sore joints can help you become stronger!
Collagen For Hair Health
Collagen may be magic for your mane, rebuilding healthy hair from the inside out. People incorporate collagen into their hair care to promote hair growth and nourish thin, brittle hair. Collagen holds your dermal layer and hair follicles together, creating a base for strong, healthy locks.
“You Are Glowing!”
Glow Up Skin & Stress Collagen Powder was made to improve overall skin health in a youth-boosting powder, from the inside out! Our product contains non-GMO, grass-fed collagen plus Vitamin C and Biotin so your skin and body can feel strong and supple.
We also added the stress-fighting adaptogen Schisandra because the stress hormone cortisol breaks down existing collagen in your body and can lead to premature signs of aging.. With the bonus hydration of Snow Mushroom your dull skin will feel completely transformed.
Feeling rejuvenated can entirely revamp your outlook. Winged Wellness focuses on formulas made just for women. We want to empower you to feel your absolute best through healthy skin and a stronger you.