The Supplement Everyone is Talking About!
Wanna know why? Because collagen is crucial for our health. Advertised on TV, friends tell you about it, and it can be found in almost everything. It has quickly become the new word on the street. This time, the hype is real. Today, I’m going to share with you 5 reasons you should take collagen for long term health.
So what is it exactly?
Turns out that even though you might not know this, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It plays a huge role in all your bodily functions and it is part of your muscles, skin, blood, bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Incredible right? To be honest with you, I used to think of it as a women’s only product.
But don’t let that fool you just because it is found in creams and cosmetics. You’ll probably get a good laugh when I tell you this but ever since I introduced it to my male clients they love it more than pre-workout!
Here are four reasons why you may want to consider an extra serving of this vital protein daily:
- Protects your organs.
- Promotes skin elasticity.
- Hold together your bones and muscles.
- Provides structure to your joints and tendons.
It is important to note that our bodies naturally produce collagen. It is part of our living tissue and we also obtain small amounts from our diet. This is why supplementing with it is a no-brainer. Not only for enhanced health but for overall longevity and support.
You see, as we age collagen production decreases and the need for it becomes much greater. Apart from that, habits such as smoking, a poor diet, and prolonged sun exposure can negatively impact its production as well. Can you imagine?
Without this crucial component, you may start to develop premature wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. We definitely do not want that. So keep reading to uncover the five reasons you should take collagen and the key benefits of using it as a supplement…
1. Reverses Skin Aging
Exactly why you see it on cosmetics and beauty products. The ability of collagen to promote healthy, glowing, and vibrant skin is incomparable. This unique protein will make your skin appear more youthful by providing elasticity while keeping it moisturized and wrinkle-free.
As you know already, age causes collagen production to decline. This can cause fine lines, loose skin, and dryness. So why supplement with it? Because it has been shown that just within four weeks of collagen supplementation you can expect a dramatic increase in skin elasticity.
By the way, if wrinkles are your main priority then taking it for as little as eight weeks consecutively can make you look years younger and make those wrinkles vanish in no time.
2. Relieves Joint Pain
Imagine finally freeing yourself from those achy and stiff joints just by upping your intake of collagen. There are multiple various factors to take into account when it comes to finding what exactly is causing your joints to deteriorate. Many times is related to the natural aging process, while other times not so much.
Over time, this starts to become a bigger issue and you begin to experience discomfort and arthritis. Just by supplementing with type II collagen you can expect to reduce inflammation and joint deterioration. Say hello to a better pain-free life!
3. Boosts Fat-Loss & Supports Muscle
My favorite! Yes, you can go ahead and say it. It’s because I’m a guy right? Well, yes and no…
You see, it turns out that this critical protein is one of the major components of muscle tissue. Therefore, it should not be a surprise that incorporating it into your daily regimen would promote added benefits.
This not only applies to building lean muscle but also for complete connective tissue support. Collagen contains top-quality amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. One particular amino acid that separates this vital protein is Glycine.
So why is this important? Because Glycine plays a big role in the production of Creatine which is responsible for powering your high-intensity workouts. So now you have a clear picture of why taking collagen is not just for beauty purposes but also optimal to maximize results in the gym.
I hate to be the one to break it to you but the loss of muscle mass is inevitable as we age. The older we get, the more muscle we begin losing. It’s just how our bodies were designed to function. But guess what? It’s not all bad news here…
A study done is 2015 showed massive results. Individuals experiencing sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass due to aging) who took collagen for 12 weeks while doing resistance training had a bigger fat-loss and muscle gain than those not taking it. Do you still question collagen’s power?
4. Improves Gut Health
If you know me well enough you know why I focus so much on eating healthy and nourishing the body from within. Apart from all the benefits, it is because I prioritize GUT HEALTH. If you’ve read all my posts you’ve probably heard me say before, “A healthy gut is a healthy body”.
With collagen being present literally everywhere in our bodies. It is no surprise that it’s also part of your gut’s connective tissue. Maintaining a strong digestive tract is something we should all strive for if we seek to live long healthy lives. This is where collagen comes in…
Regularly supplementing with a few tablespoons of this vital protein you can help support your digestive tract. This is very important because if you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome or inflammation then your collagen levels are compromised. Low levels of collagen is definitely not a good sign.
So in theory, orally taking it will aid in constructing the tissues that build your GI and therefore ensuring a healthier gut. What else is there to say?
5. Reduces Cellulite
Saved the best for last, didn’t I? What more than being able to get rid of or at least reduce that stubborn cellulite that you are so subconscious about. Turns out that aside from all the benefits listed above, collagen might just be the one “miracle supplement” you’ve been searching for.
Now keep in mind, this is not a magical thing that happens overnight. Remember, cellulite is one of the most normal and common issues faced by women today. It does not mean is bad or good. It’s just a natural part of life and the aging process. So do me a favor and don’t be so concerned about it.
All you can do is control the variables you can control. Even though not many studies have been done on this particular benefit it is safe to mention that taking collagen peptides have been shown to significantly reduce cellulite in as little as six months. Definitely worth giving them a shot!
So, Is Collagen For You?
If you ask me, after all the research and amazing benefits collagen should be a staple in everyone’s daily routine. However, the decision rests on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and of course budget. After seeing my mother take it and my client’s results with it I personally recommend it.
It is very simple to incorporate into your diet. You can easily add it to smoothies, coffee, or simply water (it’s flavorless). That being said, make sure you are still eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, and making optimal lifestyle choices.
So now let me ask you…
Knowing this are you ready to begin taking it?
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