6 REASONS TO LOVE COLLAGEN - Australian Sports Nutrition


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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s found in your bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the glue that holds your body together, giving it strength and structure… In fact, the word ‘collagen’ is derived from the Greek word ‘Kolla,’ meaning ‘glue’.

While there are 16 types of collagen, 80-90% of the collagen in your body consists of Types I, II, and III:

Type I: Required for strong and healthy hair, skin, nails, and bones.

Type II: Promotes joint and cartilage health.

Type III: Plays a role in gut healing and works alongside Type 1 to support skin elasticity and hydration.

Top 6 Reasons to Love Collagen:

1. It reduces the signs of ageing

Taking collagen is shown to help increase the collagen in your dermis, which may reduce the onset of wrinkles by helping to maintain skin integrity and elasticity.

2. It supports your hair and nails

Collagen plays an important role in maintaining the strength and formation of your hair and nails. A collagen deficiency may result in dry, brittle, and weak hair and nails.

3. It boosts the gastrointestinal function

Thought collagen was just for plump lips? Think again! In addition to its aesthetic benefits, collagen is also shown to increase the integrity of your epithelial lining and tight junctions. In simple words: collagen peptides help improve GI function and may help to heal leaky gut. Want to learn more about gut health? Click here.

4. It can reduce inflammation and joint pain

Collagen is required for proper joint tissue and cartilage strength and functionality, which means if your body isn’t getting or producing enough, it can result in joint pain and inflammation. Collagen is shown to help reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen synthesis in the body.

5. It improves nutrient absorption

Collagen is shown to help increase stomach acid, which is required for the absorption of nutrients. If stomach acid is low, it can cause deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals, such as B12 and Iron, resulting in fatigue and low energy.

6. It may boost muscle mass

Did you know that 1-10 percent of muscle tissue is made up of collagen? It is required to keep your muscles strong and functioning optimally. Want to learn more about how you can keep your muscles fuelled? Click here.

What depletes your Collagen levels?

Age A high sugar diet
Smoking Sunlight

How can you get more?

While collagen is naturally found in your body, you produce less with age, usually around 40 for most people. Yet, there’s plenty of ways to obtain more through your diet:

Wild Salmon Leafy Greens Citrus Egg Whites
Collagen Supplements (like Evolve Collagen) Bone Broth Garlic Berries