Lately I have heard a lot of hype around “Collagen” which interests me as I notice my arms getting flabbier by the minute, skin seems to sag more every time I look at it so I want all the help I can get! Plus, can it help me lose weight?
So what is collagen, where do I get it and how fast does it work?
Type 1 collagen is found in the skin, tendons, internal organs and organic parts of all bones.
Our bodies naturally make its own collagen by breaking down dietary protein into amino acids. We get the specific building blocks for collagen by eating a balanced diet of protein-rich food.
But not many people know that with the age, our natural collagen production decreases. By taking collagen as a dietary supplement you can help prevent further retrogression of the skin.
BEST 5 collagen benefits include:
- Helping with joint pain and joint health.
- Strengthening your connective tissues.
- Improving skin elasticity removes wrinkles and give a glow to the skin.
- Collagen helps you lose weight! Yay!
It boosts metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. Taking collagen, combined with exercising helps to increase skeleton muscle resulting in an increased metabolism over time.
- Promotes a healthy heart.
Taking collagen supplements may help to reduce the risk or factors associated with heart conditions such as atherosclerosis.
Which foods produce collagen?
Collagen is found in the connective tissues of animals. Food like chicken, pork, beef, and fish, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries, tropical fruits, all of them are sources of collagen.
Foods that contain gelatin, such as bone broth, also provide collagen. Gelatin is a protein substance derived from collagen after it has been cooked. Remember that smoking, alcohol, and sunburn can affect your body’s natural collagen production!
However, the collagen in supplements has already been broken down or hydrolyzed, that’s why it’s thought to be absorbed more efficiently than the collagen in foods.
How to supplement? Best collagen supplements?
Best Collagen supplements that come in pill form are just capsules filled with hydrolyzed collagen powder — it is the same type of powder you’d find in a collagen powder supplement. There is no difference between collagen supplements.
The good thing about powder is that the collagen in powder form doesn’t become a gel, so you can mix it into smoothies, soups, or baked goods without affecting their texture.
At what age should I start drinking collagen supplements?
Signs of decreased collagen levels become more evident at age of 40. The skin becomes drier and rougher, which is further aggravated by hormonal fluctuations in premenopausal. Take collagen supplements to give your body the building blocks for collagen production.
Stress can be a serious enemy of your skin, so take the time to take care of yourself and remember to eat well. If lack of sleep or stress is affecting you, then combine Collagen Powder with stress-reducing activities such as yoga and meditation.
When is the correct collagen weight loss supplement time?
It is a must to drink collagen in the morning on an empty stomach, because when the supplement enters the digestive tract separately from food, it is easier for the body to recognize it and break it down into amino acids.
Collagen is well absorbed in the presence of vitamin C.
I ordered and tried collagen a few months ago (click on the link here) and must admit I felt an improvement in my sore finger joints (broke my wrist a while back) in a few short days. My flabby arms are still flabby but I am working on exercising those too. Before and after pics will be posted soon…..
Order your collagen via these links if not in South Africa.
Yours in love and no more sagging skin!