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Further Food Collagen Peptides
Collagen- what is it? Collagen is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. The two main amino acids that collagen is made of are called proline and glycine. These amino acids are essential for the formation and repair of your joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and of course, your healthy skin. It’s the substance that holds the whole body together.
Collagen keeps your skin plump, elastic and smooth. And as you age, guess what: it becomes harder and harder to produce collagen, replace dead skin cells, and repair damaged collagen.
So, given collagen’s important role, let’s focus on specific ways that you can actually boost your body’s collagen production.
One easy way to boost your collagen is to incorporate the right ingredients into your regular diet. For example, eating foods rich in Vitamins A and C is an easy way to boost your body’s collagen. Vitamin A plays a role in helping to restore and regenerate damaged collagen. And – you can’t even make collagen without vitamin C! Which foods should you opt for: try dark leafy greens (which are rich in both Vitamins A and C), blueberries (which are rich in Vitamin C), and carrots (which are very rich in Vitamin A).
Other key foods to enhance your collagen include meat, fish, eggs and poultry, all of which deliver the amino acids that are necessary to make collagen to begin with!
Now for some newer science- ingestible collagen. That’s right: collagen you can drink as a supplement.
This is actually not as “new” of a beauty hack as you might think. People in Asia have been using collagen powders, drinks, and supplements for years. Here in the US, bone broths (which date back to ancient Greece and even Hippocrates himself who recommended them to people with digestion issues) have become popular in diet and beauty circles for the same reason: they provide a way to “drink collagen.” And now we’re seeing a lot of brands developing elixirs and supplements that deliver this powder protein.
There are all different types of collagen supplements out there. How do you know which one to pick?
To start, collagen can come from different sources including cows, pigs, and fish. One key factor to remember is that these supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration so you want to use reputable brands – quality does vary and ingredients do vary.
I know many people who opt for bovine or cow based collagen supplements. Another very popular form of collagen is fish collagen. Collagen derived from fish is smaller in molecular size than collagen derived from cows or pigs, and is therefore more “bioavailable.” Translation: fish collagen is more likely to get into your bloodstream and reach the places where it’s meant to work its wonders. The terms fish collagen and marine collagen are often used interchangeably, but check your ingredients for collagen sourced from jellyfish or shellfish—these are not ideal, particularly if you have a shellfish allergy. What you want to look for is collagen extracted from skin, bone, fin and scales of fresh water and marine fish. What does fish collagen help with? Anti-aging, wound healing, and bone regeneration! Also, consider this – fish collagen is over 97 percent protein with no sugars, fats or carbohydrates, making it one of the best protein foods available.
What’s great about collagen powders in particular is you can mix them into drinks like coffee, or yogurt and they are pretty flavorless. Don’t fear the fish collagen – it doesn’t taste like fish! It won’t make your coffee taste like fish. Many of my patients who drink collagen daily swear by it. They report seeing brighter, smoother skin and even feel a boost of energy. After all, it does provide high-quality protein while being low in calories.
When looking for a good collagen supplement, go for reputable brands and follow the recommended dosages.
I have been loving Further Food’s Collagen Peptide packets (hydrolyzed bovine collagen peptides) which are made with 100% pure protein powder. I take a packet in the morning with me to the office and stir the powder into my coffee. It has no taste at all! I drink bone broth and add collagen supplements to my diet regularly. I feel such a difference in my body. I am excited about the collagen craze because it’s not just a fad – this is backed by science, which is essential for my comfort level in making any recommendation.