So, what exactly is collagen?
It is the most abundant protein found in the human body, helping give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Think of collagen as the “glue” that holds your body together. Its main role is to help tissues stretch without tearing and contributes to our ability to move while keeping the shape of the tissues and other internal structures. There are over 20 different types of collagen, but as high as 90% of the tissue in your body is made up of Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3.
Supplements will be sold individually, or in combination with each other in either a bovine, marine or plant-based source.
- Type 1 – The most abundant type in the human body, found in the eyes, skin, tendons, bones, and teeth. Usually found in combination with Type 3 as they share most of the same properties; this one is most famous for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity and hydration. It’s also good for helping to grow stronger, thicker hair as well as strengthening the nails. Not only that, but Type 1 is also good for repairing the gut lining.
- Type 2 – Type 2 collagen makes up a majority of the protein in your cartilage – the connective tissue that protects your bones at the joints. You also find type 2 collagen in high amounts in your spinal disks and your eyes. When cartilage deteriorates, it can cause a lot of pain. Therefore, this type is most recommended to those needing help with joint health. It may also help with inflammation or injury related joint pain. Chicken is known to have a very high amount of type 2 collagen in it, so you will see collagen products in type 2 collagen derived from chicken sternum. Another excellent source of type 2 collagen is from chicken bone broth! It contains over 94% of type 2 collagen and an excellent source of nutrients and minerals as well.
- Type 3 – is also an abundant form of protein found in our body and found alongside type 1! It is located in our bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels, dentin, tendons as well as some other connective tissues. Type 3 collagen alongside type 1 collagen is essential for improving the elasticity in our skin, anti-aging, improved circulation, healthy bone matrix, healthy nails, and thicker hair.
Collagen is also an excellent source of protein, containing over 17 different amino acids. So on top of the various types of collagen, you can obtain, you are also getting the benefits of specific amino acids like Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, and glutamine that are found in a variety of collagen types and are essential for your digestive tract, moods, sleep, and muscle recovery, repair, and growth.
When choosing a collagen supplement, you want to make sure it’s hydrolyzed, as this will increase the bioavailability of it. This breaks down the molecules so they are easier for the body to absorb. On its own, hydrolyzed collagen tends to have a strong aftertaste, which is why sugars, sweeteners, or fruit juice are often added to formulations to improve taste. To find the best product without sacrificing taste, choose a supplement containing a healthy sweetener rather than a form of sugar that is detrimental to your health.
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