Collagen is one of those products that I thought I was familiar with, but I have discovered much more once I broke the surface on what there is to be know about the most abundant protein found in the body! I knew is is good for my hair, skin, and nails, but after reading a health article recently, I dove a little deeper into this protein structure. As we get older our body produces less and less collagen, and it’s important to substitute it through your diet if you are worried about signs of aging. There is beauty to be found in age, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done gracefully! I think keeping your hair skin and nails healthy can even be considered a practice of self care. Here’s a cute little picture of collagen below.
Currently there are a lot of different varieties of collagen available. What’s important to note is that there is not necessarily “vegan” collagen available. It’s simply not synthesized by plants. It’s synthesized within animals, and depending on what type it is (I, II, and III) it then has a variable of bioavailability for us. Bioavailability is our bodies ability to absorb and use a material in our bodies.
A majority of collagen is produced from the bovine industry, and there are some varieties of marine collagen available. There is a collagen supplementation process that can be vegan, but due to the nature of the rest of this article I will focus primarily on the difference between the types of collagen we typically see on the shelves.
Collagen is what holds together our hair, skin, bones, joints and nails. At its beginning form it is a gelatinous consistency. Molecularly very large at this phase, it is more difficult for us to digest collagen like this. It is not as bio available as collagen that has been hydrolyzed. Hydrolyzed Collagen is also called Collagen Peptides. The smaller molecular format is more bio available for us. And once consumed, Collagen Peptides are broken down into Amino acids in the body! The magical part about collagen is that it actually acts as a catalyst to encourage our body to make more of its own collagen as well!
Some brands give you lots of options to choose from when it comes to flavor. Collagen also comes as unflavored powder. It is safe to consume up to 30 grams of collagen in a day, but it’s recommended to start around 2.5 grams in a serving. It is easily hidden in yogurt, smoothies, and coffee! Currently I have been experimenting with supplements and powders. I can definitely see a difference in my skins elasticity on my entire body! As always make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep your digestive system active as well. And let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, comments, or new products I should check out!!