Collagen Benefits and Fun Facts
Lately, many of my clients have been asking about collagen and whether to add into their diet.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein that plays an important role in building and supporting many tissues from bones and cartilage, to skin, hair, eyes, and the digestive system,
As we age and enter our 30 and 40’s , our natural collagen stores begin to decrease which may lead to achy joints and poor digestion. In addition, genetics, smoking, a high sugar diet, excessive alcohol intake, and environmental factors can also be factors for a decline in our bodies.
There are actually 16 different types of collagen with type one accounting for about 90% of the body’s total supply.
- Type 1: the strongest and most abundant form found in bones, joints, skin, and organs.
- Type 2: primarily builds cartilage which is essential for joint health.
- Type 3: found in highest quantities in our blood vessels and skin.
- Type 4: found in our digestive and respiratory organs.
Types of Collagen
Not only are there many types of collagen as described above but also many different kinds and products on the market and health food stores. So how do know which one to take?
- Bovine (cow or beef) collagen and this is the naturally occurring protein found in the hides, bones, and cartilage of cows. In addition, it provides adequate amounts of Type 1 and 3 collagen while also being rich in the amino acids glycine and proline. The best brands contain hydrolyzed collagen which is 90% more bioavailable than what is found in food.
- Chicken collagen is mostly type 2 collagen and provides support for healthy joints especially through glucosamine and chondroitin. In addition, it contains arginine, an amino acid that may convert to nitric oxide.
- Fish or marine collagen is high in type 1 collagen and are more highly absorbed than chicken or bovine due to smaller particle size.
Adding Collagen to your Diet
As a consumer myself I like to rotate the different kinds and enjoy many different brands such as Great Lake Gelatin, Organika, Vital Proteins and Genuine Health
There are many different ways to add this powder to cold or warm beverages such as bone broth, coffee, tea, warm water, oatmeal, pancakes or muffins.
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Tip: I often add collagen to my organic Kicking Horse brand of coffee. It’s my favourite way to start the day!
Marsha Fenwick, C.N.P. R.R.T.
Marsha is not your typical nutritionist. She began her career 20 years ago as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Later, she earned her certifications as a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner. Marsha is also a Certified Cancer Coach. Her clinical practice specializes in: sustainable healthy weight loss, digestive health, women's hormones, diabetes, heart health, and cancer prevention and recovery. For more information and to book a FREE 15 minute consultation go to www.marshafenwicknutrition.com
Mazal tov on Hannah and Elliots engagement. I was looking for kosher certified collagen and probiotics.
Do you know of any brand names?.