So why exactly is collagen all the rage these days? If you haven’t heard about collagen, then you might want to crawl out from that rock you’ve been living under. Collagen has been steadily gaining momentum in the wellness community and beyond over the last few years as a protein-rich superfood. While some may have considered it strictly a beauty supplement, it is now becoming a major player in mainstream items like bone broth, jerky, protein bars, smoothies, coffee, and even cookies. People everywhere are enthusiastically jumping on the collagen band wagon, but should you? To get a better idea, let’s take a look at what it is and why you should care.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant form of protein found in the body. Generally speaking, collagen supplements come from four main sources - bovine (cow), marine (fish), pig or chicken. It’s a protein made up of amino-acids like hydroxyproline, proline, glycine and arginine that can be found in the bones, connective tissues, cartilage and hide (if from bovine). Most collagen supplements you’ll find today are derived from bovine, which share a similarity to the collagen that our own bodies produce naturally. Humans produce three types of collagen: type I, type II and type III, and bovine collagen generally contains type I and type III. As we age, our collagen production slows down and thus begins to show the telltale signs of ageing: wrinkles, fine lines, hollowed face, and dry skin, not to mention weaker bones and muscles. That just ain’t cute.
So, what are the benefits of taking collagen?
As we mentioned above, the types of collagen that comes from bovine, typically contain type I and type III, and are usually found in the body together, serving similar functions. Our Argentinian grass-fed, hydrolyzed collagen is of the highest quality and provides a rich source of 18 amino acids and protein that helps to repair and rebuild our body’s connective tissue, hair, skin and nails. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and improve gut health and muscle strength. A steady intake of collagen in the diet can revitalize skin’s elasticity, plumping it up and hydrating it to appear more youthful and supple. More importantly, use of collagen peptides can strengthen joints, tendons, ligaments and improve cartilage, bone, teeth, eye and blood vessel health. For those who suffer from IBS, leaky gut or reflux issues, collagen’s incredible amino acid profile can help support, heal and repair the gut lining. Lastly, Yourlixir collagen contains 90% protein, making it an excellent and easy addition to your diet.
But why hydrolyzed collagen?
Although collagen comes in multiple forms, hydrolyzed collagen proteins have been broken down into smaller particles (peptides) through hydrolysis, making it the most convenient way to dissolve into beverages (hot or cold) and food, without clumping or gelling. Additionally, with a smaller particle makeup, it may be easier for your body to absorb and utilize key benefits.
How often should I take collagen?
As with all healthy habits, consistency is key. Take collagen daily to see the best results. Enjoy our Morning Matcha (containing hydrolyzed collagen) first thing in the morning to revitalize and nourish your body after a night of fasting.
- May improve strength and appearance of hair, skin and nails
- May improve gut health and repair gut lining
- Contains 90% protein
- Contains 18 amino acids
- May improve muscle, joint, ligament, eye, blood vessel, tendon, teeth and gum health
- May improve allergy response
- May improve inflammation
- May improve exercise performance
Why Yourlixir collagen is the best:
- Raised and processed humanely in Argentina
- 100% natural bovine collagen
- Hydrolyzed for convenient, soluble use
- Minimally processed & fresh to retain valuable nutritional properties
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