A Consumer’s Guide to Buying Collagen

Collagen. It’s definitely become all the rage these days and I have numerous questions from clients everyday as to what collagen is and how to incorporate it into your busy lifestyle. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a little bit of information so that you can make this fall your healthiest yet.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in a variety of different areas – muscles, bones, skin, blood and the digestive system. It’s essentially what gives our skin elasticity, and it assists with cell turnover. It helps us bend, stretch and move with grace and ease. We create collagen naturally but as we age or are faced with other factors that impact our health (such as low grade inflammation, poor eating habits, smoking, infection or stress) our production rapidly slows down.  Some side effects of low collagen can include wrinkles, sagging skin, joint pains, brittle nails, poor gut health and weak bones.

Collagen is one of the main by-products of a good bone broth but there are also numerous products on the market to help target this niche area. Increasing your collagen can help with aesthetic aspects (skin and hair) and reduce joint pain and degeneration. It can also help tackle leaky gut and regulate digestion. There are many powdered forms on the market, and it’s important that you pick the right one for you! When choosing a collagen supplement, consider the following:

  • What are you using it for? Some collagen products are targeted towards aesthetics; Vital Protein’s Beauty Waters are a good example. These have some additional co-factors to help with skin, such as hyaluronic acid.
  • What source do you want to consume your collagen from? There are numerous different kinds – bovine and marine are the most popular.
  • How sensitive are you to smell and tastes? To be totally honest with you, friends, some of these can have a little bit of a scent to them. If you have sensitive taste buds or strong olfactory senses, I highly recommend buying some of the smaller stick packs and sampling them BEFORE buying a huge canister. Trust me, you can thank me later!
  • When are you mostly likely to use collagen? If you want it in a smoothie, an unflavoured option may be best for you. Did you want to include it as part of your bedtime ritual? A bone broth collagen has a bit of warming flavour that’ll be a nice addition to your bedtime routine. There’s also a coffee creamer for those of you who want to go that route – with 10g of Protein per serving it can be a great addition to a busy morning!

I like to incorporate collagen as part of my routine to unwind at the end of the day. You can add collagen peptides into some already-made bone broth, or whisk some into a beautiful turmeric milk. Unflavoured marine collagen is wonderful to add to your favourite night-time tea. In the winter, I like to make a morning drink with warm lemon water, a splash of apple cider vinegar and a Beauty Water from Vital Proteins. This is great because you’re taking care of your beauty needs (I see ya ladies) but you’re also creating an alkaline environment in the body and keeping your digestion moving.

Collagen is a great product to incorporate into your daily routine because it’s SO easy to fit into any meal and any time of the day. As we are all unique with our tastes and what we like (and don’t like), I highly recommend you try out a few options to find the one that is right for you. I love collagen because it offers a blast of protein and soothes the gut. It also helps with digestion and can have the added effect of helping to create smooth and supple skin and beautiful nails and hair. Comment below with your favourite collagen products!

 

Ralitza Alexandrov - Wellness Advisor   Ralitza Alexandrov, C.H.N.C.

As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.


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