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What is Collagen? Health Benefits & More

Author: Organika Health | June 27, 2019

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in our body. It provides strength, elasticity, and tone. Although we may think of collagen only in our skin, it can also be found throughout our bodies: from muscle fibres and bone matrix to our blood vessels.

Collagen is the protein responsible for strong and flexible connective tissues. The collagen in our skin plays the role of improving our skin’s moisture, suppleness and elasticity, and a healthy amount of collagen will give an overall youthful appearance.

Our body produces its own collagen, using 3 amino acids as key “building blocks”; they are Glycine, Proline, and Hydroxyproline. Collagen formation in our body involves complex enzymatic reactions, and providing the building blocks is crucial in the process.

WHY SHOULD I SUPPLEMENT WITH COLLAGEN?

As we age, our collagen formation naturally decreases: starting at 1% every year in our twenties, and up to 50% by the time we hit 45. Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, can further decrease the collagen formation rate in our body. Less collagen leads to a loss of elasticity, strength, and tone throughout the body. You may notice this through signs of ageing, such as:

  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Brittle nails
  • Cellulite
  • Sagging skin
  • Loss of moisture
  • Weak ligaments
  • Aching joints
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage injuries

There are ways to bring the collagen formation rate up again, such as providing enough “key building blocks.” These amino acids are abundant in collagen-rich food, such as bone broth and chicken feet. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough collagen in their diet. Hence, collagen supplementation is beneficial for most people! It helps reduce the signs of ageing, keep the strength, tone and health of our connective tissues, and even improve the digestive tract.

There are so many benefits to collagen other than beautiful skin, hair, and nails!

THE MAIN TYPES OF COLLAGEN

Let’s break down the three most common types of collagen that you’ll see in our bodies: Types 1, 2, and 3.

Supplemental collagen is mainly found as Type 1, as well as a combination of Types 1 and 3. Generally, sourcing plays a role in the type of collagen that is extracted. For example, bovine collagen is sourced from the hides of cattle and is naturally high in Type 1 collagen. Here is a chart of the most common types of collagen supplements and how they are sourced.

Now that you are ready to start supplementing with a Collagen powder, which source should you use? What is the difference? Is there a price difference between them? Here is a breakdown of the characteristics and benefits of bovine, marine, and poultry-sourced collagen:

Bovine Collagen

Naturally sourced from the hides of cattle (be sure it is sourced from the hides), this kind is very high in collagen Types 1 and 3 and contains a high amount of protein. In fact, it contains almost double the amount found in marine collagen. With a large amount of glycine (a functional amino acid), bovine collagen is excellent for hair, skin, nails, as well as our connective tissues and digestive health. In most cases, bovine collagen will give you a better bang for your buck.

Marine Collagen

Naturally sourced from the scales and/or skins of marine species (usually cold water fish like cod or salmon), marine collagen is very high in Type 1 collagen, which is known to increase tightness, tone, and skin elasticity. It is very beneficial for skin, hair, and nail health, and is referred to as the fountain of youth. If you are a pescetarian or prefer fish-based products, marine collagen is the one for you.

Poultry

Naturally sourced from chicken sternum cartilages (very high in Type 2 collagen), it is high in Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate, which are essential for healthy and strong cartilages, joints and ligaments. BioCell Collagen contains a potent amount of hydrolyzed collagen which stimulates collagen production in the skin, supports the health of our joints, and keeps the moisture in our skin and lubrication around our joints.

What Can Collagen Do for Me?

Collagen is highly beneficial to our body for many health reasons. Mostly known for its anti-ageing effects, collagen has been researched and shown to improve more than just your skin’s texture and tone. So, what are the benefits of collagen supplements?

Here are a few proven benefits from collagen:

  • Increased moisture within the body (skin & joints)
  • Improved digestive health (leaky gut)
  • Immune support
  • Improved mood
  • Stable blood sugar/weight management
  • Connective tissue health (joints, cartilage and ligaments)
  • Reduction in inflammation within the body
  • Improved bone health

The amazing thing about collagen is that it is a very versatile and functional supplement for all lifestyles and ages. It is also an easy supplement to include in your daily routine: add it in your morning smoothies, yogurt, coffee, and even to your baking!

Organika’s Enhanced Collagen

Enhanced Collagen from Organika goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the modern-day health enthusiast. Stress, energy, cognitive function, etc. are all symptoms that can be addressed through Organika’s collagen – hence the name “Enhanced”!

Whether you are in a time crunch or need a convenient way to get some much-needed nutrients, Enhanced Collagen can help you make an event out of your morning cup, or give your baked goods a nutritious boost. It is super simple to find a product that works for you!

Organika has a variety of formulas created just for your modern, on-the-go lifestyle and all can be mixed in water, smoothies, coffees, even baked goods! So find which one works best for you! Check out this handy cheat sheet.

 

Conclusion:

With over 300 various collagen supplements on the market, choosing the collagen that is right for you can seem overwhelming and confusing. When choosing a collagen supplement, always make sure to ask or research a few important details before making your decision.

Wondering what makes a great collagen supplement? Find out here in this blog.

Do you still have questions about Collagen?
Download our e-book to learn more about the different types of collagen and which one is for you! 

Disclaimer

The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. The products or claims made about specific nutrients or products are reviewed and evaluated by Organika based on available scientific evidence on its initiative. Such applications, however, have not been specifically assessed by Health Canada. Organika makes no guarantee or warranty with respect to any products sold, and shall not be responsible for any indirect, inconsequential and/or special damages for the reliance on or use of any information contained herein. This information is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another medical professional. You should not use this information for diagnosing a health problem or disease but should always consult your physician.

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