Who Needs Collagen Anyway?
Are you over the age of 25? Do you have hair? Skin and nails? Bones and muscles? Do you move around? Are you exposed to environmental toxins like the sun, chemicals and free radicals? Then you, my friend, probably need a collagen supplement.
Collagen — consisting of the four essential amino acids glycine, proline, arginine and hydroxyproline — makes up 30% of all protein found in our bodies. It is the main component of our bones and connective tissue (i.e., the tendons that connect muscles to bone and the ligaments that attach bones to joints), supporting movement and providing padding between joints so bones don’t grind against each other. It is also part of the connective tissue in our skin that provides firmness, suppleness and elasticity.
While most abundantly located in our skin, bones, tendons and ligaments, collagen is actually everywhere – from our hair and nail to our blood vessels and digestive tract to our cornea, gums, cartilage and major organs. Its main function is to provide strength, integrity, firmness and elasticity to the various bodily structures as a means of support and protection. Derived from the Greek, “kolla,” (meaning, glue), collagen is essentially the glue that holds our bodies together.
Without going into a full science lesson about osteoblasts, osteoclasts and the like, suffice it to say that our bodies are constantly building (-blasts) and breaking down (-clasts) collagen. But some time in our mid-20s, collagen production slows down, while collagen destruction speeds up. The results: cell structures weaken, hair thins, skin sags and wrinkles, joints stiffen and tendons and ligaments become less flexible. Oh, the joys of aging!
And time and age aren’t the only destroyers of collagen. Environmental factors like excessive sun exposure, consumption and/or use of chemical toxins and pollutants (everything from tobacco and processed food to some cosmetics and household cleaners) and free radicals can exasperate the process. Even exercising dismantles collagen, as microscopic tears occur in muscles.
Before you throw away your sneakers and stay inside forever, there’s an easier solution: collagen peptides powder. Collagen peptides are made of the same amino acids as collagen, but are hydrolyzed and broken down into shorter chains of amino acids, making them more digestible and bioavailable (i.e., better absorbed into the bloodstream). Once digested, cells construct the peptides back into full-length collagen chains used to repair and rebuild skin, bones and connective tissue – thereby improving skin hydration and elasticity, bone, tendon and ligament strength and reducing joint inflammation. As a source of protein (averaging 10g per serving), collagen peptides also aid in muscle repair and growth, and can even be used directly by cells as a source of energy.
Stronger bones, bigger muscles, more flexible joints and less wrinkles … What are you waiting for? Go ahead and add a scoop of collagen peptides powder to your pre-workout morning coffee, your post-workout smoothie or any of your favorite recipes. Your body will thank you.
Organisource Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides is an organic supplement sourced from farm-raised, grass-fed beef with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Our non-GMO powder is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, nut-free and compliant with most diets, including Whole 30, Paleo and Keto.
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