Why is collagen powder so good for you?
This latest health-trend in nutritional supplementation has certainly got some attractive health benefits...
But firstly, what is collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin and other connective tissues, such as muscles, bones, skin, joints, and tendons. It plays an important role in the overall health of your body - both internally and externally.
Unfortunately for us all, collagen production reduces over time, which is a natural part of the aging process. Those joint pains and aches, and fine lines and wrinkles, (that you could've sworn appeared overnight), are all directly linked to this slowing down of collagen production, and eventual depletion of collagen stores.
Diet and lifestyle choices either help slow down or speed up this process; too much sun exposure, smoking, excessive drinking, as well as a diet high in processed foods and sugar, are all contributing factors to the premature depletion of collagen.
So what are the Top 3 Health Benefits Of Collagen Supplementation?
1. SKIN HEALTH
Collagen powder helps maintain and encourage better overall skin elasticity and helps promote a reduction in eye-wrinkle volume. Consistently supplementing with collagen powder will help rejuvenate your body's collagen stores, leading to better overall skin health and appearance from the inside-out.
An 8-week study found that daily collagen supplementation significantly improved overall skin elasticity, skin moisture, and skin roughness.
2. JOINT HEALTH
Collagen has been shown to improve joint health. Whether you're just sore from life itself, or from a training session - supplementing with collagen powder may be exactly what you need to help reduce the activity or age-related joint pain, and prolong the longevity of your joints.
3. INCREASED MUSCLE MASS
Collagen is mostly protein - so, adding it to your shakes, smoothies, soups, stews or drinks will increase the amount of protein you're consuming every day. This helps support muscle gain, which also helps your body burn energy more efficiently.
One study found that during a 12-week resistance training program, those who supplemented with collagen had higher levels of fat-free mass (i.e. they got leaner) than those who didn't supplement with collagen.
Adding collagen to your diet as an additional source of protein, alongside resistance training, may help you increase your overall muscle mass, and improve your body's composition.
Why supplement? Why can't I just eat food rich in collagen?
Good question - you can! Animal products rich in collagen include; skin, cartilage, shanks, necks, feet, oxtails and ribs. Slow-cooking (often quite tough, and/or chewy) off-cuts till they're 'melt-in-your-mouth', and falling off the bone, or drinking bone broth - are all deliciously rich dietary sources of collagen, as well as plenty of other body-loving nutrients.
Question is - realistically, are you able to consistently consume enough of these food sources daily in order to reap the most of collagen's health benefits? This is where supplementary collagen powder comes in extremely handy...
Gelpro Peptipro Collagen Powder is tasteless, dissolves in both hot and cold liquids, and can be added to anything you eat or drink, from soups to stews, coffee, tea, smoothies, and/or water.
Try our delicious, every day "Youthful Glow" Smoothie:
- 1-2 cups cold water (depends on how thick you like your smoothie...)
- 1-2 tbsp Collagen Hydrolysate Powder
- 1 handful frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1 pinch of sea salt (enhances sweetness, and flavour)
- 1 scoop Good Green Stuff (complete multi-nutrient supplement)
- 2 scoops Clean Lean Protein (Vegan, golden pea protein)
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or bullet
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy (15-30 seconds approx)