The Scoop on Collagen
You may have seen collagen popping up on your Instagram feeds but what the heck is it and why are people obsessed? Before you jump on the bandwagon, let's do a deep dive and see if it's right for you..
What does it do?
You may have seen collagen popping up on your Instagram feed but what the heck is it and why are people obsessed? Before you jump on the bandwagon, let's do a deep dive and see if it's right for you..
What is it?
Collagen makes up about 30-35% of the total protein in our bodies.
It is in every tissue of the body and is essentially the glue that holds together our hair, skin, nails, bones, lungs, heart, and liver.
Why do we need it?
If we already have it, why would we take it, right? Well, special cells in our body make the collagen as long as they have certain amino acids playing along, which is why we need hydrolyzed collagen. It is collagen that is already broken down, making it more available to our bodies.
It makes our cells better connected. For our skin this means increased elasticity, smoothing of wrinkles, less cracking and more moisture. For our joints it results in strengthening and increased resilience. It can also help with faster recovery. If you're a runner and have been quite literally hitting the pavement, collagen is up your alley.
How do I take it?
The sky is the limit here. Mix in with smoothies, coffee, bake with it, the choice is yours. Collagen is essentially odorless, tasteless, textureless white powder. Do with it as you please.