June 7, 2018; by Briana McDonald- Staff Writer (UtopiaSilver.com) You may know collagen for it’s ability to make you glow like nothing else and give your hair a shine that puts those herbal essence commercials to shame but did you know collagen does way more for your body than make you outwardly beautiful? Collagen does more than keep skin healthy, …like keeping your gut healthy, relieving constipation, keeping cravings at bay (which keeps inches off your waistline) and even helps to prevent workout related soreness.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the must abundant protein available in our bodies especially type 1. It’s in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. Our body’s ability to produce it starts to slow down as we age which is when we start to see wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains. Other lifestyle factors like diets high in sugar, smoking, and high amounts of sun exposure will deplete collagen levels and make you age must faster. (Thankfully consuming foods like bone broth can load you chock full of this amazing protein)
Collagen Does More Than You Might Think
Reduces Joint Pain and Degeneration
As we age and our collagen production starts to decline we can start feeling it in our joints and tendons first. Our tendons and ligaments start moving with less ease which leads to stiffness, swollen joints and more. Collagen is like the jelly that holds our bag of bones together and it’s gel-like structure covers and holds our bones together and move without pain. Supplementing with collagen has been found to treat osteoarthritis and other joint pain disorders. (1)
For people who suffer with digestive disorders such as leaky gut syndrome, a condition where toxins are able to pass through your digestive tract, collagen can be very beneficial. It helps to break down proteins and soothes the guts lining infusing it with healing amino acids. Consuming more collagen will help seal the lining back together in the gut which will stop those pesky toxins from leaking out into the bloodstream. Studies have also found that people with digestive issues like IBS and Chron’s Disease have low concentrations of collagen. (2)
Incorporating more collagen into your diet may help to boost your metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your frame and aid with the conversion of essential nutrients. You can benefit from collagen even more by consuming vitamin c along with it so that your body can convert the collagen into a usable protein.
Improves Liver Health
Another way collagen does more for you than you think is by radically detoxing your body from harmful substances, improving blood flow and keeping your heart youthful. One of the easiest ways to cleanse the liver is to do a bone broth fast for three days to rapidly repair leaky gut and detox the liver. (3)
Keeps Cravings at Bay
If you’re in the midst of dietary changes like skipping sugar or kicking carbs, you’ll spend a few days craving those things your eliminating. Collagen can help with these cravings since it is a good source of protein it will help fill you up and keep you from craving unnecessary foods and from overeating. Science backs this up specifically in the area of “the munchies.” A study assessing hunger hormones in 10 obese patients and 12 patients of normal weight researchers found that the intake of gelatin actually increased the satiety hormone which helps to fight off cravings for salty, oily, fatty, or sugary foods. (4)
Briana MacDonald- Natural Health Writer
Briana McDonald-natural health writer is a Staff Writer of the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does website ad designing for the company as well as free-lance health article writing.