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Collagen - Part 6 Collagen Supplements

Many individuals are turning to collagen to proactively support their bodies. Although collagen is naturally found in animal-based sources – it can sometimes be a challenge to take in. In all, many dietary sources are not a source of collagen unless consuming foods like bone broth, gelatin and fish with skin. As with anything nutrition - always start with the food-first approach. If needs are unmet through food alone, then supplements can potentially provide additional support. If interested in a convenient way to take in collagen, then read on to learn more!

Timing and Results

Most supplemental forms of collagen come in a powder format, which makes it easy to add into your day. Aim to consume consistently at a time that is most convenient for you. Often times, collagen can be added to many recipes and even a simple cup of coffee in the morning. I like to add collagen to my smoothies, yogurt and even some delicious desserts. How you use it is entirely up to you so have fun with it!

When it comes to collagen, it’s important to take consistently over time, because collagen needs time to work. The key is to be patient. Just like building muscle takes time, so do connective tissues, joints, and skin. It will vary depending, on the person, in the time that it takes to potentially see change.  Results may vary from person to person depending on age, lifestyle, dietary habits, and physical activity.

Collagen Combinations

Collagen is often seen in combination with vitamin C, because it is required in sufficient amounts for collagen synthesis to take place. Vitamin C also helps to preserve existing collagen. Without it, collagen formation may be disrupted. Therefore, you may consider looking for a collagen supplement that also contains vitamin C or including vitamin C food sources as part of a healthy, balanced diet. You may also see collagen in combination with hyaluronic acid. If looking to support healthy skin, then you may consider a supplement with collagen plus hyaluronic.

Making Protein Choices

When it comes to collagen, remember that it is considered a protein. However, collagen is an incomplete protein meaning it is low in one or more of the essential amino acids. Collagen should not take place of other high-quality proteins. Instead, collagen can be used to supplement your diet in addition to complete proteins like whey and casein. Each protein has its purpose. For example, depending on the type, collagen can help to support healthy skin and joints. Whereas complete high-quality proteins like casein and whey can help to support muscle recovery, which collagen cannot on its own. Thanks for tuning into the collagen series! Revisit the topics or share with friends