The subject of Collagen receives by far the biggest number of questions asked by customers in our Spar Natural section at Hillcrest Kwikspar.
In the Blog Post our Team try and answer the Question:
Why do you need to include collagen powder or bone broth in your diet every single day? That’s because collagen makes up 70% of your skin, bones, discs, connected tissue, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and even gut lining that is for your digestive tract and immune system so we’ve got to be getting more collagen in our diet

The average person probably gets less than 5% of the collagen in their diet in terms of their overall protein intake, but 30% of that your protein intake should come from college rich proteins, and 70% from branched-chain amino acid methionine.

We are way out of balance today when it comes to collagen but here’s what you need to know!


Three Main benefits of adding collagen powder into your diet

Supports gut health

Since it supports all those areas in our body, the number one benefit is going to be gut health. We know leaky gut syndrome is the root cause of autoimmune disease of inflammatory bowel disease, and even issues like headaches, ADHD.

Collagen is the number one building block to rebuild your gut. So the number one benefit of consuming more collagen is supporting your gut health.

Improves skin health

Collagen powder supports your skin, hair, nails, and your overall beauty. A lot of people looking for cream and lotion to treat conditions like cellulite. However, most of them don’t know that a lot of times it’s due to a weak collagen matrix.

If  you  don’t have enough collagen and your skin is weak in structure would  cause this

The main nutrient your body needs for cellulite is collagen and in general for healthy skin, tightening, toning, and firming your skin , you need collagen.

Do you know why you get wrinkles over time? Because your own body produces less collagen and when you have less collagen  you get sagging of the skin. The more you get collagen in your diet the firmer tighter and more toned your skin will become. It also helps to thicken your hair and nails.

So if you want to talk about beautifying yourself from the inside out, collagen by far is the number one solution

Helps relieve joint pain.

We want to tell you something that might surprise you. Just like you need a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats to reduce inflammation of healthy joints, most of us are completely out of balance not only with our fats, but with our amino acids and because of that our joints are suffering.

We often tear ligaments and tendons. Why? that could be because we get way too much muscle building protein and not near enough collagen building protein in our diet.

You might have seen 96 years old people who say no muscles pain but what hurts on them though is painful knees, low back pain, and other joint issues.

A big reason for that is we have not got enough collagen in our diets. most people get a zero collagen when they should be getting probably about 30 grams of collagen every single day in their diet.

Collagen Side Effects
Currently, according to medical research there are not many known risks to taking collagen supplements. But in some cases, people with allergies to seafood have experienced allergic reaction.

Is all collagen powder created equal?
Different collagens actually make up different parts of your body and may have different benefits.

For instance, a type of collagen makes up your ligaments or tendons, all the fascia that hold your organs.

Another type of collagen is what makes up your skin, hair, nails, bones, disc part of your gut tissue and the third type of college make up your cardiovascular system like the outside of your arteries and your veins and even supporting different areas of the body.

So it’s important to know the different types of collagen that support different areas of the body.
Beef collagen is is great for your hair, nails, skin, bones.Chicken collagen is made of a type of collagen which makes up your ligaments, tendons, cartilage, connective tissue, all of your joints, so it’s the biggest prize for reducing joint issues.

Also, when you’re consuming collagen from chicken bone broth, it not only has collagen but also has collagen boosters known as glycosaminoglycans like hyaluronic acid glucosamine and chondroitin. All of those 3 ingredients not only act as collagen , but they boost collagen production in your body

The next type of collagen is fish collagen that also supports your body’s own collagen production. Fish skin is consumed widely in Asia like Okinawa in Japan which has the more centurions than anywhere else in the world with  some more people living to be over 100.
Another source of collagen is eggshell membrane. When you crack  open an egg, you see a sort of film inside the eggshell that’s the membrane and according to medical clinical studies has shown to be highly anti-inflammatory and supports collagen in your body. It contains a unique type of collagen which really helps your entire cardiovascular system and reduces inflammation throughout
your entire body.

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