Collagen is the most abundant – and most important – structural protein in your body. Quite simply, collagen helps to connect the cells all over your body. Think of collagen as your body’s glue. And make that super glue! Not only does this complex protein build and support your hair, skin and nails, it also plays a key role in supporting your bones and joints. You even have collagen in your teeth, corneas of your eyes, blood vessels, discs between your vertebrae and the lining of your gut. To say that collagen is necessary for life is an understatement! Should you take collagen? And if so, what kind and how much? Read on to learn about the types of collagen and the advantages of grass-fed collagen powders.
Know Your Collagen Types
Although the human body has at least 16 different types of collagen, Types 1, 2 and 3 are the most abundant.
Type 1 collagen, made of densely packed fibers, makes up 90 percent of your body’s collagen supply. The strongest of the collagens, Type 1 gives structure to ligaments, tendons, organs, skin and your gut. It even helps to form bones, put the stretch in skin and hold together tissues.
Type 2 collagen, not as densely packed as Type 1, helps to build cartilage, a component of connective tissues in joints. Type 2 collagen is softer than Type 1, and an excellent cushion between your joints. You wouldn’t want steely-strength Type 1 collagen between your knee joints – ouch!
Type 3 collagen is made of reticular fibers, which cross-link to form a supporting mesh in soft tissues, such as the liver and bone marrow. Types 1 and 3 collagen give your skin its elasticity and form your blood vessels.
Fun fact: Collagen peptides, collagen hydrolysate and hydrolyzed collagen are all different names for the same type of collagen.
Hold On to What You Got
Although we produce collagen, our ability to produce collagen decreases by about 1% per year starting in our mid-20s. As we age and lose more collagen, our skin may begin to sag, our joints ache and our hair gets thinner. However, aging isn’t the only factor that decreases collagen production. Smoking, a poor diet high in sugar and refined carbs and overexposure to ultraviolet light can also affect collagen production.
In the end, the question isn’t whether or not you should supplement with collagen, but which type of collagen is best for you needs?
Grass-Fed Collagen Powders
Garden of Life takes the guesswork out of which collagen type to choose by offering three different types of specially-formulated collagen powders:
- Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
- Grass-Fed Collagen Beauty
- Multi-Sourced Collagen Turmeric
All three collagen powders are specially sourced from grass-fed cows raised in Germany, which highly values animal welfare standards. Furthermore, Germany imposes strict standards regarding GMOs. As a result, you know you are consuming clean collagen.
Collagen Peptides powder contains 18 grams of protein and a whopping 20 grams of Types I and III collagen peptides. Sourced purely from grass-fed Bovine German cows, Collagen Peptides provides excellent support for your hair, skin, nails and joint health. This highly absorbable collagen also includes a typical amino acid profile. It’s unflavored and works well in your favorite shakes, smoothies, or hot and cold drinks and cereals. You can even bake with it!
Collagen Turmeric and Collagen Beauty
Multi-sourced Collagen Turmeric powder contains 10 grams of Types I, II and III collagen and 550 mg of a fermented, organic turmeric root per serving. This blend, which supports joints and mobility, hails from plants, grass-fed Bovine cows and clinically studied undenatured chicken collagen. The delicious apple-cinnamon flavor blends well in shakes and smoothies.
Collagen Beauty powder contains 12 grams of Types I and III collagen along with the plant-based collagen builders, biotin, silica and vitamin C. This collagen is formulated to support your hair, skin, nails, muscles and blood vessels. You have your choice of two refreshing flavors: Strawberry Lemonade and Cranberry Pomegranate.
All three type of collagen include 1.5 CFUs of probiotics to aid digestion and are nonGMO and Keto certified, Paleo Friendly and NSF Gluten Free.
Turmeric Collagen Mango Granola
Put some extra spice in your life with this easy-to-make Turmeric Collagen Mango Granola – delicious!
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