Collagen – it’s not just “one of those” scientific words

We’ve likely all heard of collagen in reference to aging and such, but the true benefits and what it actually is are less widely known. Collagen is the main protein found in mammalian connective tissues, including that of humans.  In fact, estimates show that collagen makes up 25-50% of the proteins in our body.  Collagen is often referred to as the glue that holds us together; without it, we could not function.
Collagen does not contain all of the essential amino acids (lacking in tryptophan and only containing small amounts of cysteine), therefore it is classified as an incomplete protein. However, the protein value of collagen relates not only to its amino acid composition but also to its combined effect with other nutritional proteins. It is considered a “protein sparer”, thus helping our body use the protein from other food sources more efficiently.

Benefits of Regular Use of Collagen:

  • Hair and Nails - help strengthen hair and stimulate regrowth; nails may become stronger with white spots gradually disappearing.
  • Skin - works with elastin to support body tissues, providing firmness and strength (elasticity); helps maintain softness and texture; supports healthy wound healing, aiding in reduction of scar tissue; helps diminish age spots and burn damage. (not absorbed through skin, thus not available from “touted” skincare products)
  • Joints - helps rebuild cartilage materials in joints.
  • Bones - helps strengthen bones and reduces breakdown and degradation over the years; helps ensure suppleness, health and keeps aches and pains associated with stiffness away.
  • Brain - helps support glial cells in the brain, providing better nutrition to the structures and functions of the brain.
  • Eyes - helps maintain suppleness of cornea (rich in collagen).
  • Digestive System - helps heal the gastro-intestinal lining

Collagen is beginning to gain popularity due in part to increased exposure by Traditional Foods supporters. Collagen, especially in the form of homemade bone broth, can be considered for use in such things as: food allergies, food intolerances and maldigestion, hypochlorhydria, hyperacidity (gastric reflux, gastritis, ulcers, hiatial hernia), IBD (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis), IBS, Leaky Gut, malnutrition, weight loss, muscle wasting, cancer, osteoporosis, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, fatigue, detoxification, blood sugar imbalance, pregnancy…

Take care of your health and replenish your body’s supply of collagen daily through healthy homemade bone broth. Enjoy a Vibrant Life!

Resources:
Traditional Bone Broth In Modern Health and Disease    
WellBeing – Benefits of Collagen     

 


 

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3 Responses to Collagen – it’s not just “one of those” scientific words

  1. “Homemade bone broth” – excellent, a lovely thought, it has such a nice ring to it. I get a little poetic about bones.

    http://thingsthattastelikechicken.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/bones/

  2. Pingback: 20 Reasons Why Sugar Ruins Your Health | two sisters gluten free

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