Collagen - Is it worth the hype?
The health and wellness industry is seemingly always buzzing about the newest, greatest, superfood, supplement, or health food that you should be adding to your diet. Lately, one of those buzz words has been collagen.
But what’s all the buzz about?
What even is collagen?
Well, collagen is actually something your body already contains. In fact, it is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Collagen is in the makeup of your tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles- approximately one third of the protein in our bodies.
So, why should you be eating it (in supplement form) if your body already has it?
Here are some major reasons:
As you age, your body’s natural production of collagen decreases, which is part of the reason why wrinkles form. Regular consumption of collagen has been proven to help reduce wrinkles and dryness, as it improves skin elasticity and hydration!
2. JOINT PAIN
Because your body produces less collagen as you age, your joints begin to weaken. Adding in collagen can help reduce joint pain, as it will increase the strength of your cartilage, which is what protects your joints.
3. HEART HEALTH
Because collagen provides structure to your arteries, when your body is lacking it, your arteries may become weak and fragile. Taking collagen has been reported to promote heart health, by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol, and strengthening your arteries!
4. HAIR AND NAIL STRENGTH
Enough collagen can treat and prevent brittleness, as well as stimulate growth in both hair and nails! Say whaaat?
Collagen is found in foods like chicken skin, pork, skin, beef, fish, bone broth, and gelatin. In fact, Gelatin is derived from collagen, which is why it works as a binding ingredient, and is how we get jello!
So, you might still be wondering, why would I need to add collagen supplements into my diet? Well, collagen in its supplement form has already been broken down, which results in a more efficient absorption than if you eat it in animal protein sources!
AT VJC, WE DO BELIEVE COLLAGEN IS WORTH THE HYPE!
In fact, stronger nails are right at your fingertips, because we have the option to add collagen to any smoothie or smoothie bowl. It can also be found in our super blue smoothie! Blended with blueberries, our house-made almond milk, banana, organic almond butter, and organic chia seeds, what’s not to love?
Many of the supplements that are hyped up by the wellness industry are not going to make or break your health. But sometimes we just need that feeling of a lil’ extra boost.
SO, IF YOU JUST WANT TO ADD SOME EXTRA SPECIAL, ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES INTO YOUR DAY, COME SEE US AT VJC, AND ADD COLLAGEN TO YOUR SMOOTHIE ORDER!
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