Ahh, collagen, a substance we’re often told we need but generally only consider taking the supplements when we’re in dire need of them. Or, sometimes we take it in without even realizing what we’re doing.
Collagen one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies, yet over time, we lose the ability to produce as much as we require. So, I’m here to give you all the information about it, as well as some ways to keep those levels up.
Here’s all you need to know about this wonderful little protein.
WHAT IS IT?
The strong protein is synthesized within our bodies, mainly from two amino acids – glycine and proline. The two amino acids are therefore an essential factor of the hair, skin, nails, and connective tissue.
Being the single most prevalent protein within the animal kingdom, it’s understandable that it would make up around a third of the protein in your body. It’s the most abundant substance found within the area between cells.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
So, we now know that collagen is a significant protein within the human body and even in the animal kingdom, but why is it so important to us?
Collagen is vital in the maintenance of our connective tissues. The tissues make up parts of our body, such as our tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even our skin. Without it, these will degrade, causing stiffness and pains as time passes.
In essence, collagen is the nourishment that provides strength to the bones and keeps the skin well-structured.
Why to Increase Your Intake
We know why it’s important, so what benefits can we gain from having more collagen in our diet?
Collagen strengthens the skin, but it also gives it added elasticity and hydration. As we age and our body stops producing this protein, we can notice our skin becoming duller and starting to wrinkle.
This is why you’ll often notice collagen as an ingredient of anti-aging creams. However, applying it via cream is often less effective than having it in your diet. Fortunately, by taking more of it in, you’ll start to notice a reduction in wrinkle depth and better skin hydration.
RELIEVES JOINT PAIN
Since collagen plays a role in the maintenance of your cartilage, the decrease due to aging creates joint pain as the cartilage is worn down. This also means the risk of getting joint disorders such as osteoporosis increases.
Studies have shown that an increase in collagen consumption can decrease the effects of joint pain and other related disorders. It has been suggested that it can reduce inflammation in the joints as well, further relieving pain.
PROMOTE HEART HEALTH
Collagen provides structure to the arteries and blood vessels. A lack of this protein may result in weak or fragile arteries.
Further, an increase in collagen may even increase your levels of healthy cholesterol.
PREVENT BONE LOSS
Being a large building block of bones, the lack of collagen slowly decreases the integrity. This increases the risk of bone fractures and disorders such as osteoporosis mentioned earlier.
Collagen inhibits the breaking down of bones by other proteins or substances.
PROMOTES INCREASE IN MUSCLE MASS
One to ten percent of muscle is made out of this protein. Studies have shown the effect of the protein supplemented into a diet to reduce muscle mass loss from diseases and disorders.
What Can I Do to Boost My Intake?
With all that fantastic information about collagen, I really wanted to get more in my diet. So I’ll leave you all with a short list of things to do if you’d like to experience these benefits as well.
Many foods contain the amino acids required to synthesize collagen. Some include kidney beans, soybean products, other legumes, nuts and also seeds.
This is basically the cooked form of the protein. It’s a quick and easy way to boost your intake.
There are many on the market, and often they include other substances. You’ll need to find the one that best suits you.