Collagen Peptides are the glue that holds us together! Collagen is found in our skin, bones, and connective tissue and makes up about 30% of the protein in our body. Women are familiar with Collagen injections into areas on their bodies that have “matured” more than we prefer!
Collagen peptides can reduce wrinkles, improve skin, hair, and nails, support bone and joint health, improve gut health, support the connective tissues and reduce joint pain while helping with skin elasticity and even weight loss. There are many ways to safely and naturally introduce a collagen peptides powder or collagen supplement into your body and diet.
The best collagen peptides powders will be grass-fed. Collagen peptides are characterized by their high levels of specific amino acids glycine (Gly), hydroxyproline (Hyp), proline (Pro), and alanine (Ala).
After intake, collagen peptides are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and are available as tiny, unique peptides characterized by a Hyp-Pro containing sequence. These peptides act as essential signal molecules to stimulate cells and building blocks supporting the connective tissues and musculoskeletal health.
Twenty-nine different types of Collagen have been identified, but the vast majority of Collagen in the human body is type I, II, or III. All three types form long, thin fibrils and have the basic structure of a triple helix. 4 Collagen Type I is by far the most common and is distributed in bones, ligaments, and tendons. Type I is also present in skin, primarily responsible for skin’s elasticity and strength.
Collagen degradation in the skin results in wrinkles and an aged appearance. By contrast, collagen type II is primarily distributed in cartilage, and collagen type III, which is always found alongside type I, is most prevalent in skin, blood vessels, and internal organs.5
Because our body produces less Collagen as we age, adding foods to our diet as a beneficial way to Get Collagen back into our body is easier than you may think, and some of these foods may surprise you. For instance, Kiwi! Who knew! I love Kiwi, and they are exceptionally high in Vitamin C, and because Collagen cannot be produced without Vitamin C, this makes them…VIK (very important kiwis!).
Other collagen foods are almonds, berries, avocados, carrots, and dark green vegetables, which are the most nutrient-dense super-foods! And believe it or not, Oysters are on the list! Oysters are a rich source of zinc which has been shown to slow the breakdown of collagen cells and enable wounds to heal more quickly. Also last but not any less critical are tomatoes, garlic, and pumpkin seeds.
Here are some of my favorite collagen peptides products: The link to order these products is https://wellevate.me/nutritionally-yours
PALEO Meal: by Designs For Health – a complete meal that contains collagen peptides. The caramel flavor is loaded with added fruit and vegetables for antioxidant support.
Whole Body Collagen: Add this powder to any protein drink for extra amino acids, protein, and hydrolyzed Collagen that is grass-fed.
Hey! I’m Alane Stieglitz-Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health.
I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges.
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